Rotary learns the cost of water in Kenya

Camilla Buchanan, MD, MPH, a retired local physician, spoke to the Rotary Club of Williamsburg meeting recently on lessons learned from her water projects with the Maasai in rural Kenya. Dr. Buchanan offered slides showing sources of water from long distances available in higher stream areas, capture of rain tanks, collecting and distributing relatively close but not pure and safe a manual three-stage purifier systems, and finally the best have been drilling for wells that have been found to be significantly purified water. The problem the Maasai have with the drill wells are expensive and they have to join to be someone to use the well water for a fee. Some people try to get free water but if not being charged the money needed to pay debts can't keep paying. In the photo Dr. Buchanan is shown after receiving a book donation in her name from club president Peter Mellette.

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