The Rotary Club of Lakewood Foothills is the sponsor of the annual award for the best District 5450 project related to water. 
 
This information provides an overview of the 2020 George K. Davis Water Award, to encourage your Club to identify an outstanding Water Project that your Club has sponsored, and encourage you to apply for this award.
2020 is the 19th annual award sponsored by the Lakewood Foothills Rotary Club, named for the late George K. Davis, Rotarian and Professor of Civil Engineering Technology.  This award is given to the District 5450 Rotary Club that has sponsored a significant Water Project for a community which increases:
  • Potable water,
  • Sanitation,
  • Hygiene,
  • Irrigation,
  • Prevention of flooding,
  • Prevention of soil erosion,
or a combination of these criteria. 
  • The deadline for the Water Project Award is May 1.
  • The Water Project Award is for a completed water project.
The following additional information is available on the District 5450 web site HERE
  • Detailed application information on the 2020 George K. Davis Water Project Award
  • Background on George K. Davis Water Award, including a list of the past 15 annual Water Awards.
 

THE 2018-19 GEORGE K. DAVIS AWARD WAS PRESENTED TO

THE ROTARY CLUB OF DENVER

 
This is the third year the Lakewood Foothills Rotary Club (LFRC) has been giving out this award, the award had been given out by the South Jefferson County Rotary Club from 2002 through 2016. This award is named for the late George K. Davis, a former LFRC Rotarian and professor of Civil Engineering at Metropolitan State University. This award is in recognition of a club in District 5450 having completed a significant Water and Sanitation Hygiene (WASH) Project.
 
The India Water and Sanitation Toilet Facilities Project provided 65 toilets to families in the village of Indra located just east of Delhi, India. One of the developing world’s biggest problems is the lack of clean water, safe sanitation and the practice of proper hygiene.  A troubling aspect of sanitation is the fact that much of the world still practices open defecation (OD), with over half the people in India having no access to a toilet. 
 
The toilets were built to begin the effort in the community to reduce the OD problem, train the public on safe hygiene practices and raise awareness. The entire community of over 450 people participated in the cleanliness training and were made aware of safety hygiene practices.
 
From the standpoint of sustainability, the nonprofit foundation Sulabh International, has designed what is considered a system that is both sustainable and reliable. The toilet is comprised of two pits that can vary in size, once a pit has been fully utilized a pipe may be diverted to the second pit. Digestion takes place in the fully used pit making the contents dry, odorless and pathogen-free. The dried remains are easily extracted and can be used for a variety of agricultural purposes, such as fertilizer or soil-conditioners. The value of the fertilizer produced cancels out the cost of removing the contents from the pit.
These toilets are used in India, Bangladesh and other countries with over 1.5 million toilets having been successfully installed.
 
Additional Sponsors: The Rotary Club of Denver was the lead International Club, with contributions from Club One Chicago, The Rotary Club of Stapleton (Colorado) and the Rotary Club of Delhi Midwest (India).