Water Projects







The Rotary Club of Southern York County actively supports water projects which provide clean, sustainable water, sanitation and economic development to underprivileged areas, primarily in Africa.



Consider the following facts relating to the urgent need to improve safe drinking water supplies and better sanitation throughout the world:



  • 1 billion people in the world do not have access to safe drinking water, roughly one-sixth of the world's population.
  • 50 percent of people on earth lack adequate sanitation
  • Every minute of every day a child dies from a water-related disease
  • 2.2 million people in developing countries, most of them children, die every year from diseases associated with unsafe drinking water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene.
  • Half of the world's hospital beds are filled with people suffering from water related illnesses.
  • In the past 10 years, diarrhea has killed more children than all the people lost to armed conflict since World War II.
  • 358 million children in Africa don’t have clean drinking water
  • African women walk an average of 3.6 miles to collect water
  • The average American uses 100 gallons of water per day vs. 5 gallons per day for the average African family.




With every speaker, we send a donation in their name to Replenish to purchase water filtration systems.  This is a new iniative we hope to build upon in future years so others may improve their well-being due to accessible clean water.  






Our club provides funding for to purchase of LifeStraw community water filtration systems, primarily for schools in Kenya.  For this program, we partner with Replenish, a 501(c)3 organization based in Arlington, Texas.  Replenish identifies schools in need, purchases the filters and coordinates distribution.  Each community LifeStraw can clean between 70,000 and 100,000 liters of water, providing safe drinking water for up to 70 people for 3 ½ years. Community LifeStraws cost average of $290, life can be extended with new membrane costing an average of $90.




Click here to learn more about the Life Straw.  Contact us to learn how you can help.