March is Water & Sanitation Month
As a result of the various international water projects in which our club has participated (thanks to the leadership of our own Tom O’Connor), we have become aware of the obstacles that many people across the globe face when it comes to some of the basic necessities of life.
We tend to take for granted the clean and generally safe and plentiful water sources to which we have access. Rotary International, through the combined actions of individual Rotarians and Rotary Clubs, seeks to assure that all people have adequate access to clean and safe water. The Rotary theme for March, Water and Sanitation, asks us to focus on the life changing improvements that we can make through these international, as well as local projects to provide a more readily available and healthy supply of water to all people.
As we have also learned from Tom O’Connor, 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 that no population is free from concern. Consider the lead problems that occurred in Flint, Michigan and the recent weather related problems in Texas. Clean water and sanitation is one of the 17 identified United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. In particular, Goal 6 seeks to “ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.” This will certainly continue to be an area of focus for RI and deserving of our attention as Rotarians.