WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) | District 6360

Key facts

• 2.2 billion still live without safely managed drinking water, including 115 million people who drink surface water (WHO/UNICEF, 2023).7
• Roughly half of the world’s population is experiencing severe water scarcity for at least part of the year (IPCC, 2022).8 These numbers are expected to increase, exacerbated by climate change and population growth (WMO, 2022).9
• Only 0.5 per cent of water on Earth is useable and available freshwater – and climate change is dangerously affecting that supply. Over the past twenty years, terrestrial water storage – including soil moisture, snow and ice – has dropped at a rate of 1 cm per year, with major ramifications for water security (WMO, 2021).10
• Climate change, population growth and increasing water scarcity will put pressure on food supply (IPCC, 2014)11 as most of the freshwater used, as most of the freshwater used, about 72 per cent on average, is used for agriculture (UN-Water, 2023).12  — UNECE and UNESCO (2023)

Projects implemented in the Dominican Republic (download the PDF)

  • Bio-Sand Water filters
  • Hand-washing workshops in Santo Domingo poor neighborhoods, National District
  • Water Purification Plant in Chirino, Monte Plata Province
  • Latrines treplaced in Santiago Gurabito, Santiago Province
  • Mini-aqueducts in rural towns in the Hato Mayor Province

Link to District 6360 WASH committee

The Rotary Club Santiago Rodriguez presented the District 6360 WASH Committee two plaques as appreciation for assisting them with service projects in needy communities. The one in black reads “The center of Mothers “Mirabal Sisters” of the Caimital Community (Caimital, Villa Almacigo, Santiago Rodriguez, Dominican Republic) Acknowledges The Rotary District 6360 WASH Committee in the USA for its Support, Disposition, Willingness and Dedication with our organization in the solicited and implemented projects for the benefit of our community and for always trusting in us.” Signed by the President, Secretary, and Treasurer of the Women’s group. The last line reads “Signed in the Caimital Community, Villa Almacigo, Santiago Rodriguez Province, Dominican Republic on the 15th day of February 2020.

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

WASH Committee Members


Marjorie R. Haas
Keith Mumma
Larry E. Neil