THE ROTARY FOUNDATION APPROVES PIGNON GLOBAL GRANT OF OVER $300,000, AND HANWASH RECEIVES MAJOR CONTRIBUTION FROM WASH ROTARY ACTION GROUP

The Rotary Foundation recently approved a Global Grant of US $302,525 to modernize the municipal water system serving the town of Pignon in central Haiti. This is the third Global Grant so far in the bold, national HANWASH program and is being undertaken in partnership with the Rotary Club of Pignon and Champion District 6940 in Florida.

This grant will improve residents’ daily access to safe water and better hygiene and sanitation by modernizing an old community water system, replacing equipment that relies on costly fossil fuel with solar power, Installing solar power, and reducing water loss and waste that make the water system financially and functionally unsustainable. It will incorporate new equipment and digital technology and provide skill training and other resources to improve the capabilities of local water system personnel.

These improvements will increase the reliability of the Pignon water system and allow the expansion of clean water delivery to more households in this area. This process will enable the community water system to become cash-positive and self-sustaining from productivity and revenue perspectives.

What does the grant mean for the Pignon community?

  • HANWASH hopes to use lessons learned here to replicate and scale across the country
  • Currently, only 1/2 of the town is served by the system due to leaks. This significant grant should raise that to 100%
  • Multiple businesses have opened because of available water service, including hair Salons, block makers and water vendors
  • Construction stores have begun selling flush toilets, greatly improving health issues related to sanitation
  • The price for service is currently $0.0075 US per gallon
  • Average monthly household usage is projected at 1,200 gallons
  • Why is this grant important from a technical perspective? The project is targeted to be the:
  • First pressurized, chlorinated 24-hour water system
  • First water system to use mechanical water meters for volumetric billing
  • First to move to completely wireless electronic meters
  • The first water system in Haiti to measure non-revenue water (this led to the creation of the grant, the electronic meters, leak detection, and district metered area