Rotary’s Water Mission 2025

Dear Rotarians,

Clean water is a basic need for human beings. Access to clean water ensures healthier and more productive lives. But in India, at least 3,000 children die every day from diseases caused by unsafe water, which is what motivates our members to build wells, install rainwater harvesting systems, and teach community members how to maintain new infrastructure.

While very few people die of thirst, millions die from preventable waterborne diseases, providing us the challenge and opportunity to improve sanitation facilities in undeveloped countries. Members start by providing toilets that flush into a sewer or a safe enclosure and then add education programmes to promote handwashing and other good hygiene habits.

Recognising the urgency and need to address water and sanitation issues, Rotary India, led by RIPN Shekhar Mehta, Director Bharat Pandya and me, has launched two verticals at the recently concluded Rotary India Centennial Summit 2020 — Rotary India Water Mission (RIWM) chaired by PDG Ranjan Dhingra and Rotary India Sanitation Mission (RISM) chaired by PDG Ramesh Aggarwal.

The next five-year-goal for RIWM includes a Water Development Target — construction of 10,000 check dams impacting 500 million acres of land; intensive afforestation by planting five million trees in the vicinity of these waterbodies at an estimated cost of ₹165 crore.

  • Advocacy / Awareness / Activism Target: Touching 500 million lives.
  • Transformation / Rejuvenation of water bodies Target: 10,000 large water bodies to be revived on pan-India basis.
  • Efficient Rainwater Harvesting (Urban) Target: 50,000 urban rainwater harvesting structures and revival of non-functional RWHS.
  • Reduce / Reuse / Respect / Retrieve / Recharge / Recycle of water: Target: 25,000 villages.


The objective is to align RIWM with Jal Shakti Abhiyan, a national mission launched by the Union Ministry of Jal Shakti. The goals for RISM for the next five years include covering 1.5 lakh schools for WASH, MHM, BCC, hygiene education and training. Around 5,000 villages will be made ODF-Plus: Proper toilets, tap water supply and sanitation facilities in homes, schools, healthcare centres, anganwadis, etc.

Friends, let us tighten our belts, the climb is steep, but climbing must be done.

Kamal Sanghvi,
RI Director, 2019-21

4 comments on “Rotary’s Water Mission 2025

  • May 18 2020 at 8:34 am

    I have worked as an extension scientist at the Sardar Sarovar Project, Gujarat, funded by World Bank in fields like watershed management. To enhance afforestation, save runoff and prevent soil erosion, a participatory approach is necessary. Through this method we can buildup a sense of partnership and economic use of water for the benefit of rural people.

    • Rotary Club : Actually I m not Rotarian
  • Jun 11 2020 at 9:01 am

    I congratulate RIPN Shekhar Mehta, who has launched RIWM and RISM; also hearty thanks to RI Directors Kamal Sanghvi, Bharat Pandya, PDG Ranjan Dhingra of RIWM, PDG Ramesh Agarwal of RISM and best wishes for them to achieve their Mission 2025 goals.

    • Rotary Club : Rotary Club of Calcutta Universe, RID-3291
  • Jun 24 2020 at 3:40 pm

    We, at Rotary Club of Wadhwancity, are planning for rain water harvesting project with the government body in some parts of urban rural areas and also looking for some help for check dams in village parts of Surendranagar district.

    • Rotary Club : Wadhwancity Dist. 3060
  • Mar 10 2021 at 8:44 am

    From July last year, we have started an awareness campaign for water. Daily one poster is released in all social media like FB, Telegram, Twitter, LinkedIn and WApp. Local newspapers publish the same. Awareness in society on the importance and value of water is needed. Our club is planning to provide RWHS at 25 municipal schools and 200+ government schools of Jamnagar taluka.

    • Rotary Club : Rotary Club of Jamnagar

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