We’ve raised the funds, shipped the SunSpring units, traveled to the village to install them, and established a water council to run the business. Our work is just beginning, of course. Each project that we will undertake in H2OpenDoors will have a ten year commitment from our Rotary club, and our partner club in the region of the recipient village. We will also draw upon the expertise and support of Rotary International, as well as NGO’s that Rotary has worked with for over 100 years.

For our 2012 project in Northern Thailand, our Rotary partner clubs in the region provided financing for the tribal water council. Even though the Redwood City Rotary clubs performed the actual installations and provided a thousand reusable water bottles, the Thai Rotary clubs will be making sure that incidental expenses are contained within a sound economic model. Each new project, in other countries, will contain a microfinance component provided by the local Rotary club or a microfinance group such as Grameen Bank. This model has repeated in all of our installations: Philippines, Haiti, Mexico, Guatemala, and so on.

On installation day, our team provides several hours of training to a village team who will learn how to maintain the SunSprings and insure trouble-free operation. The Thai Rotarians are also be trained so that all maintenance procedures are initiated and regularly performed.

Built into the system is a filter integrity test that is easy to initiate each month without taking the unit offline. Frequent water quality tests confirmed by reputable labs will be performed.

Spare Parts
A complete spare parts kit ships with the systems, along with 11 pre-filters. Replacements to the kit or other part needs will be supplied from the California Rotary’s inventories at the manufacturer and shipped to the Thai Rotary partners for delivery and installation.

Benchmarking for Health
At the beginning, we collected health data on the 2500 residents to get a picture of the current medical status of the population. We will follow this data through the years to plot the effect safe, clean drinking water has on the community. The Redwood High REAL program, along with their Stanford University mentors, will also monitor this data, providing modeling to enable scaling and intervention of these health indicators. Our first follow-up survey was conducted in July of 2013, five months after the installation of the SunSpring. An astounding 75% reduction in incidents of diarrhea were recorded.