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Rotary Action Group Completes Project in Mexico
Published on the WASRAG
website March 12
Water and Sanitation
Rotary Action Group
By M Calvert
sustainability of water and sanitation projects must meet the
needs of the local community. It also requires enthusiastic support and
participation of the Rotary districts involved, but also the cooperation
of the local governments.
group of Rotarians in Mexico realizing the need to get local government
support for water projects forged a long term agreement with government
agencies before starting on their pilot projects. Four years, after a
Program Planning and Performance Team from Rotary and WASRAG visited
Mexico and started the process, the pilot projects are nearing
23% of Mexico's population living in small villages of under 2,500 people, most
without access to clean water, there is a lot to do.
Making a Difference in Mexico
4170, based in Mexico City, worked with The Rotary Foundation and WASRAG
leadership to establish a Program Planning and Performance Team (PPP Team) to
help the process get started. The PPP Team consisted of Greg Bucove, Jim
Goodrich, Erica Gwynn and Bob Wubbena, Team Leader.
a PPP Team focuses on needs assessment and determining the appropriate
technology. In order to demonstrate that their concept of providing a
sustainable water supply to whole communities was viable, they needed to
complete a few pilot project examples. However, in this case, they assisted in
forging relationships with federal, state and municipal governments and
organizations involved in the delivery of rural water and sanitation projects.
The Mexican Rotarian team knew that the long-term sustainability of these large
community projects needed to have the support of the local governments.
PPP Team visited Mexico in March 2014 and helped build the framework for
agreements with local governments. Originally the focus was on the State of
Oaxaca and the State of Mexico. For a variety of reasons, pilot projects were
unable to get established in these regions. However, the Mexican Rotarian team
learned a lot.
May 2017, The Rotary Foundation approved a Global Grant for the State of
Morelos. Now with the grant approved and the local government agreement in
place, the projects started moving forward.
Municipality of Ayala, Morelos State
This project consisted of providing clean water
to marginalized people in three rural communities in Morelos State. The people
were getting water at an inflated price once a week from a tanker truck, or
from irrigation canals contaminated with agrochemical
good well and storage tank was already available. What was missing was a
distribution system and water meters to monitor usage. Over 9,000 feet of PVC
pipe was laid to distribute the water.
300 people will benefit from this project. Municipality of Xochitepec, Morelos
State Project In 2015, a deep well was dug to provide reliable clean water to
the community of 350 residents. In the village of Xochitepec connections were
provided to the homes of all the residents.
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