Clean Water for Baja





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Project Description

Region: North America

Country: Mexico

Location: Baja Norte

Total Budget: $51,000

Areas of Focus: Disease prevention and treatment, Water and sanitation, Economic and community development

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The Clean Water Project is a cooperative effort to establish safe and clean water for the impoverished urban and rural people of northern Baja, México through the installation of Biosand filters in all villages. The people of are the largely indigenous Kumeyaay (Kumiai) people who do not have any access to clean water; rather their only source of water are highly contaminated wells.

The water-borne disease rate is high, children are ill and cannot attend school. The incidence of Hepatitis A, and disorders resulting from e. coli contamination are increasing.

The objectives of this project are to treat all communities within a 100km range of Tijuana, Baja. We estimate that the project will provide clean water for over 100,000 people in several municipalities

The project involves teaching the local people to test their own water quality, and water sanitation training. We have developed a train-the-trainer system of modules in health, hygiene and water sanitation which must be spread throughout the region along with the installation of filtration.


The project will provide clean water and reduce disease through intensive education. In addition, small businesses of water supply and soap-making will be micro-financed to allow local people to develop their own resources.


Steel molds to make concrete filters (these can rotated among locations)

Sand and gravel to fill filters

Water analysis kits

Education and training materials

Training of projector coordinators (both in USA and Mexico)

Trainers (costs of bringing inspectors and trainer to site)

Additional filter equipment such as tubing and catchment bottles

Transportation: site visits, filter distribution.

Micro-Loan program for filters and soaps.

HOW CLUB MEMBERS ARE INVOLVED: The goal is to have every club in District 4100 in the area surrounding Tijuana involved in the project by financial contribution, actively being trained on filter construction and maintenance, teach classes and supervise filters in their areas.

Primary Host Partner

District: 4100

Rotary Club of: Rosarito La Misión

Primary Contact: Heather A Johnson

Email: heatho74@hotmail.com

Primary International Partner

District: 5340

Rotary Club of: Chula Vista-Eastlake

Primary Contact: Mauricio Torres

Email: ing_torres@live.com

Project Status

Need $834
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Project listed for the 2019-20 Rotary Year.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project





San Bernardino Sunset (5330)





Del Mar (5340)





Chula Vista-Eastlake (5340)





Encinitas Coastal (5340)





Escondido East (5340)





Remaining Amount to Raise

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Amount Requested from The Rotary Foundation






DDF contributions in grey are pending approval of the corresponding district committee.

Note: as of July 1, 2015 there is a 5% additional support fee for cash contributions. This fee does not appear in the financials above because it does not apply if the funds are sent directly to the project account (without going through TRF, and therefore without Paul Harris credit). Clubs sending their cash contribution to TRF must be aware they will have to send an additional 5%.

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History Log Entries


System Entry

System Entry: Creation of project page.


by Kim Muslusky

System Entry: Pledge of $5,000 with $5,000 DDF by Kim Muslusky of the Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo Sunrise (San Diego), District 5340.


by Mira Bozanich

System Entry: Pledge of $5,500 with $5,500 DDF by Mira Bozanich of the Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo (San Diego), District 5340.


by Eric Pahlke

System Entry: Pledge of $3,750 with $3,750 DDF by Eric Pahlke of the Rotary Club of San Diego North, District 5340.


by Eric Pahlke

System Entry: Project is now "Fully Pledged".


by Heather A Johnson

System Entry: Project reverted to "Published".


by Janice Kurth

D5340 DDF was previously approved for this grant on 7/19/18. Since this grant is no longer fully funded and the DDF request has been removed, we will withdraw this approval. If the grant again moves forward and becomes fully pledged, we will reconsider DDF allocation for this project.


by Chehab

Pledge of $100 with $100 DDF by Chehab El awar of the Rotary Club of San Bernardino Sunset.


by Dugan Moore

System Entry: Pledge of $3,000 with $3,000 DDF by Dugan Moore of the Rotary Club of Del Mar, District 5340.


by Jan Lapp

System Entry: Pledge of $500 by Jan Lapp of the Rotary Club of Encinitas Coastal, District 5340.


by Heather A Johnson

System Entry: Pledge of $500 with $250 DDF by Gabe Fasolino of the Rotary Club of Rosarito La Misión, District 4100.


by Camille Newbern

System Entry: Pledge of $3,000 by Camille Newbern of the Rotary Club of San Diego, District 5340.


by Janice Kurth

System Entry: Pledge of $900 with $900 DDF by Kevin Bowcock of the Rotary Club of Escondido East, District 5340.

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