Thailand Safe Water Projects

There is widespread need for safe water in Northeast Thailand, called Isaan, near Laos and Cambodia. Isaan is the nation’s largest and poorest region with an average yearly income of approximately $200 USD.. Thailand has the world’s highest incidence of kidney disease.  In Isaan, over 30% of the population is treated each year for chronic effects of waterborne diseases with the most vulnerable being the children under five years of age.

Ever since 2006 the Rotary Club of Knoxville and Rotary District 6780 along with the Rotary Club of Namphong, the Rotary Club of Khon Kaen, and Rotary District 3340 have partnered to provide clean water to the Isaan region. During this time they have provided water systems for 115 villages through Rotary Foundation grants in excess of half a million dollars. This in turn has supplied clean water to over 50,000 children and their families.

The key to the success of these water projects has been a strong local Rotary Club, a centrally located school in each village for each water house, a municipal partner to provide electricity, thorough education of the customers, training of the school custodian as an operator, sustainability through requiring small monthly payments from the users, and financial support from the Rotary Club of Knoxville, District 6780, the Rotary Foundation.

If you are interested in supporting clean water for Thailand or have any questions please contact Frank Rothermel at 865 637-1925 or