When people have access to clean water and sanitation, waterborne diseases decrease, children stay healthier and attend school more regularly, and mothers can spend less time carrying water and more time helping their families.

How We Drink Water

More than a quarter of the world’s population – about 2.1 billion people – lack access to clean water. It is estimated that 1 in 10 people (785 million) still lack basic services, including the 144 million who drink untreated surface water.

Women and children are worst affected — children because they are more vulnerable to diseases of dirty water and women and girls because they often bear the burden of carrying water for their families for many miles daily.

Clean water, sanitation, and hygiene education are basic necessities for a healthy environment and a productive life.

How They Drink Water

HOW ROTARY MAKES HELP HAPPEN

Through water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programs, Rotary’s people of action mobilize resources, form partnerships, and invest in infrastructure and training that yield long-term change.

WASH projects: Since 2013, The Rotary Foundation has invested in more than 1,000 WASH projects in more than 100 countries. Through grants from The Rotary Foundation and fundraising by Rotary clubs, our volunteers have supported water purification, hygiene education, latrine construction, and waste management.

$2is all it takes to provide one person with safe water. 

2030 is the year Rotary hopes to finish providing everyone with safe water, sanitation, and hygiene.

What can you do to make clean water available to everyone?

The Summerville Evening Rotary Club Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization.