Clean Drinking Water for Schools

Although Thailand is generally blessed with ample water resources, the availability of clean drinking water is often a problem, particularly in up-country areas.

Many children in rural Thailand drink untreated or poorly treated water at their schools, which makes them ill and impairs their studies,

In 1996, our club initiated a Clean Drinking Water for Schools Programme to install water purification systems in rural schools.

To date we have installed over 600 systems in schools in over 30 provinces throughout Thailand. The systems use Reverse Osmosis technology and are easy to maintain and relatively inexpensive.

A standard system produces sufficient water each day for up to 400 students. Its design enables re-use of reject water for toilets, cleaning and gardening, and sometimes excess purified water can be used by village residents.

With proper care and maintenance, each system can provide clean water for 10 years or more at a cost of less than one fifth of a cent per student, per day.

A recipient school should have less than 400 students, be outside the provincial center and be poor.

Water samples are tested to determine the level of cleaning and consequent configuration of system required.

The school must build, and pay for, a shed to house the machine to detailed instructions. This gives the school and local community an ownership stake in the project.

Each project costs 120,000-150,000 Baht, depending on the system needed and the school’s location.

This includes the machine itself, its installation, and a maintenance fund of 25,000 Baht, given to the local Rotary Club and sufficient for 4-5 years.

We have an extensive sponsorship program for these projects, at various levels:

Water Fellowship

Soda Sponsorship:75,000 Baht, sponsoring one system;
Wine Sponsorship: 120,000 Baht, sponsoring two systems;
Champagne Sponsorship: 150,000 Baht, sponsoring three systems

(as of July 2019, USD 1 is approx. 31 Baht)

In each case, the sponsor’s name appears on the shed in a form agreed with you.

Remember each system’s total cost is 120-150,000 Baht, but our club undertakes to find or fund the remaining cost for each project.

Like to become a water sponsor or fellow?

Please click: HERE and we will be in touch with you.

Some of the projects completed by Rotary Club of Bangkok South and its domestic and overseas partners

Saraburi: Clean drinking water systems in 10 provincial schools

Rotary Club of Bangkok South installed reverse-osmosis water filtration systems in 10 schools in Saraburi so that poor students, teachers and surrounding communities could have access to clean drinking water daily.

By installing these clean drinking water systems we helped to improve the lives of up to 5,000 people
in many ways.

Typically, attendance at school improves dramatically when children have access to clean water, as do grades after a while, as healthier children learn better.

The total cost of this project, US$ 24,500, was supported by the Rotary Club of Amsterdam Minerva, the Rotary Club of Bangkok South and the Rotary Club of Chalermprakiat.

Angthong: Clean drinking water systems in 11 provincial schools

Rotary Club of Bangkok South, with support from international partners installed reverse-osmosis water filtration systems in 15 schools in rural Angthong,100 kilometers north of Bangkok.

The total cost of this project, US$28,334, was supported by the Rotary Club of Suzuki Bay, Japan, the Rotary Club of Bangkok South, the Rotary Club of Angthong.

Banmi, Lopburi: Clean drinking water systems in 15 provincial schools

Rotary Club of Bangkok South, with support from international partners installed reverse-osmosis water filtration systems in 15 schools in rural Lopburi, about 150 KM north of Bangkok.

The total cost of this project, US$ 38,640, was supported by the Rotary Club of Amsterdam Minerva, the Rotary Club of Bangkok South, the Rotary Club of Surfer’s Paradise, Australia and the Rotary
Club of Banmi, Lopburi.

Banmi, Lopburi: Clean drinking water systems in 17 provincial schools

The total cost of this project, US$ 48,167, was supported by the Rotary Club of Amsterdam Minerva, the Rotary Club of Bangkok South, the Rotary Club of Banmi, Lopburi, the Rotary Clubs of Amsterdam-Sloterdijk, Amsterdam-Halfweg, Amsterdam-Oost, Amsterdam-West, Amsterdam-Zuid and Amstelveen and Stichting Inter-Adam.