March is Water & Sanitation Month
Clean, sanitary water is something we take for granted. When people don’t have access to clean water, the chance of disease increases, children are generally unhealthier, and a great deal of time is spent by family members carrying clean water to the home. Water projects have long been a priority of Rotary International, and clubs worldwide have assisted with providing clean water to communities, providing healthier schools and access to proper toilets.
Thanks to our own environmental engineer, Tom O’Connor, Metro Rotary has successfully assisted with several water projects throughout the world. Some of the projects have included insuring adequate access to clean and safe water in: Latur, India (2006); Bhatkal, India (2007); Chandanwadi, India (2008); Kargaon, India (2009); Vele, India (2010); Dam allam Koira, Niger (2011); and Ankleshwar, India (2014).
Tom has informed our members that the problem is not that the world will run out of water (that amount is fixed through evaporation and re-condensation). The problem is the unequal distribution of water and the lack of universal proper sanitary practices to assure safe water for drinking. While some regions and peoples are certainly at greater risk than others and deserving of greater attention, we have seen recently that no population is free from concern.
I encourage everyone to give thanks for the projects that have been completed, but please keep your minds open to future needs where our assistance may be helpful.