The Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Committee endeavors to share knowledge that educates and equips WASH enthusiasts to more effectively drive sustainable WASH solutions worldwide.  We accomplish this primarily in 3 ways:
  1. Monthly committee meetings, normally held on the first Monday of each month, from 11:45AM – 1:30PM;
  2. Annual Symposium, featuring presentations and interactive sessions with WASH professionals from around the globe;
  3. Access to a local and international network of WASH professionals.
Chair:  Joshua Knight,
Come join us at our next meeting!
Monday, October 2, 2017.  Held at the City and County of Denver Public Works Department, 2000 West 3rd Avenue in Denver.  We meet in the conference room on the 6th floor.  Our featured speaker is John Oldfield.  John led the efforts of WASH Advocates (2011 – 2015) to increase awareness of global water and sanitation challenges and solutions, and to increase the amount and effectiveness of resources devoted to those solutions throughout the developing world. He believes strongly that global water challenges are more solvable than difficult.

John previously founded two implementing nonprofits in the water sector, and served as Executive Vice President with Water Advocates, an advocacy group in Washington, DC dedicated to increasing financial and political support for worldwide access to safe, affordable and sustainable supplies of drinking water and sanitation.

Prior to Water Advocates John was a Vice President at a New York private equity firm specializing in leveraged buyouts and corporate divestitures.  In previous lives, John researched science, technology, and economic policy at the National Academy of Sciences, and acquired extensive international management experience with USAID and U.S. Department of State contracts, including training programs for election officials and civil society, and civil/military communication projects in post-conflict countries.

Rotary has made significant investments in water infrastructure across the world. As of 2012, the Rotary Foundation reported investments totaling approximately $5 million in Honduras alone. Over 90 Rotary-sponsored water systems have been built to date in this country. The level of functionality of these water systems post-construction is unknown.