International Rotary Water Project


The increasing world population and economic growth exert unprecedented pressures on environment, social systems and available resources.
In particular, water lack has proved an obstacle to economic development in many parts of the world and the achievement of an acceptable quality of life in others.
Despite theoretical abundance, 60% of water resources are concentrated in 9 countries and 80 countries suffer from a water shortage.
About a billion people consume 86% of available water resources, while for other two billion people, drinking water lack represents the principal cause of diseases.
Some scholars estimate that within 2032 five billion people will have to live with water scarcity.

For all these reasons, Rotary Foundation has put the complex water management and resources among the top priorities of Rotarian project interventions.

Rotary Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation. The mission is that to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.
The lack of water is felt as the biggest problem in all cases in which it occurs: it is more important than nutrition, because without water there is no agriculture; more important than health because without water or food can not be a good health; more important than education because a child without water, food and sanitary living conditions can never be decently literate.

In 2007 (the 23th - 24th of March ) Rotarians organized a conference in Rome to deepen the specific water problem. The aim was that to create a Communication Project on conscious and responsible water use and its preservation as a sustainable source of life.