July 2016

Significant WASH Initiative in Mexico  
In rural Mexico, 23% of the people live in communities without adequate water and sanitation. In February 2016, after two years of negotiations, Rotary represented by Mexico's District 4170, WASRAG and the Mexican National Water Commission (CONAGUA) signed a 5-year agreement to (Read More . . . )  

Demand is key to Sustainable Water Projects  
We know fast food is not good for us, but we eat it, because convenience and speed outweighs poor nutrition. Seth Womble, from provides some excellent best practices for developing a demand for sustainable clean water projects  His article provides three key points that changes a project from a "needs" driven as determined by the providing organization to one that has a strong "demand" by the local people. (Read More . . . )

Monitoring Matters  
In the April 2016 issue of the WASRAG newsletter, Carolyn Meub, former WASRAG Board Member, provided an article on best practices for sustaining water, sanitation and hygiene projects.

In this article, Meub provides valuable tips on using the M.E.R.L. evaluation process, which is a key component of developing sustainable projects. (Read More . . . )

Menstrual Health Management  
Recently, WASRAG representatives were able to make a presentation on Sustainable Menstrual Hygiene Management Models to the UN Commission on the Status of Women. The Powerpoint presentation and the summary document are excellent resources for those interested in this topic.

Water is Life  
The Fishers Rotary Club, Freetown Rotary Club and World Hope International have worked cooperatively to bring clean water to 100,000 people in Sierra Leone by constructing 100 wells. 

They recently have received a Global Grant to build 30 new wells all located near schools. 

The project is well documented in their videos. (Read More . . . )

Water and Sanitation Technology Ideas
Some interesting technology related to water and sanitation

Calendar of Events

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

September 22 - Calgary, Alberta
Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology 15th Anniversary Celebration

September 25, 2016 - Cary, North Carolina, USA
5th Annual - GlobalRun4Water 

October 10 - 14, 2016 - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
Water and Health Conference: Where Science Meets Policy

Nov 29 - Dec 2, 2016 - Abidjan, Core D'Ivoire
7th Rural Water Supply Network

June 9, 2016 - Atlanta, Georgia, USA
World Water Summit 9  < < Mark your Calendars and Plan to Attend


New Projects
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