January 2016

Clean Water to the Masses 
19-year-old Alexander Anderson, has a Masters in Engineering from Washington State University.  For the past two years, through WASRAG he has developed tactical designs and plans to bring clean water and power to the people in Jiwaka Province, Papua New Guinea. Articles in the The Lewiston Tribune and The Seattle Times describe Anderson's passion. He said it's exciting to have an idea that when implemented can improve someone's life.  

4th Annual WASH Conference
Rotary Districts 5450 and 5440 are hosting their 4th Conference in Denver with the theme Holistic WASH: Transforming a  Generation. The all-day conference on March 19, 2016 has the objective "to equip participants to create effective and sustainable WASH projects and identify potential partnerships with other institutions." 
Participants at last year's symposium, from across the nation, gave high marks for the quality of the presentations.  For more information visit: 4th Annual WASH Conference 

Global Grant Brings Safe Water to Fiji
The annual rainfall in Fiji ranges from 100 inches on the coast to over 200 inches in the mountains. The frequent heavy downpours in the wet season (Jan - Mar) cause issues with bacteria and other toxins in the drinking water.
Two Rotary clubs in San Diego and one in Fiji, used a Rotary Foundation Global Grant to provide safe water to seven villages.
Using a unique micropore filter, the Safe Water Stations provide a sustainable solution that requires no electricity and has no moving parts. 
For $137 a family can have clean water for 10 years. 
To read more about this Global Grant success story, visit  Micropore Safe Water Solution 

WASH has Positive Impact on Nutrition 
Safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene has a positive impact on nutrition according to growing evidence, described in a 58 page document recently released jointly by WHO, UNICEF and USAID. 
A copy of the document can be downloaded at:

Ganges River Clean Water Project 
Over 40% of the people of India obtain their drinking water from the Ganges River, even though, the river is considered to be one of the most polluted rivers in the world.  
The Rotary Club of Crofton, MD is partnering with others to develop a water testing and training center at the head waters of the Ganges. 

The ambitious and important project ( . . . Read More

Toilet Turns Waste into Water
A cheap, easy to maintain toilet that uses no water, turns human waste into electricity,
Funded in part by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Reinvent the Toilet Challenge. The nano membrane toilet is to be trialed and tested in 2016, possibly in Ghana. 
More than 2.3 billion people don't have access to a safe, private toilet. Organizations around the world are working to solve this problem. High-tech solutions, such as adding solar panels, are usually too expensive to be practical. 
An article on the "Nano Membrane Toilet" in provides an overview of this technology. ( . . . Read More )

WASH Challenges caused by Disaster 
In November and December, the city of Chennai, India experienced record-breaking rainfalls that caused short and long term water, sanitation and hygiene challenges.
A WASRAG member reports on how urban development over the past few decades magnified the problem that caused 400 deaths, millions homeless, spread of (. . . Read More)

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in the News
Read news media articles about the work Rotary is doing around the world in the areas of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. 

Calendar of Events
February 25 - 26, 2016 - Kathmandu, Nepal
Multiple-Use Water Systems (MUS) for Climate Resilience

March 11 - 13, 2016 - Kolkata, India
Literacy and WASH in Schools Presidential Conference

March 18 - 19, 2016 - Pasay City, Philippines
WASH in Schools

March 19, 2016 - Denver, USA  
A Rotary sponsored WASH conference to create more effective and sustainable projects.

April 28 - May 1, 2016  - Yipsilanti, USA
A vision for Clean Water and Eastern Michigan's Sanitation Workshop

May 27, 2016 - Seoul, Korea
Held in conjunction with the Rotary International Conference

July 11 - 15, 2016 - Kumasi, Ghana
39th WEDC International Conference: Ensuring Availability & Sustainable Management of Water & Sanitation for All      

August 9 -13, 2016 - Brisbane, Australia
World Water Congress and Exhibition 

New Projects...
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