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Sewage Treatment in Rural Brazil
By Hemerson F Calgaro
The Rotary Club of Lins partnered with the Rotary Club of Flower Mound to obtain a Rotary Foundation Global Grant to construct 69 septic tanks for 75 families living in rural Lins.  This proper management of water will provide humans and animals with safer water to drink, but allow irrigation of fruits and vegetables to be done with water absent of contagious contamination. 
By Hemerson F CalgaroRural sewage Before

In Brazil, only 50% of sewage is collected and only 20% of that is treated. In rural areas, human and animal health can be affected by the improper handling of sewage.
Rotary International is placing focus on projects that include the treatment and supply of drinking water, as well as treatment of sanitary sewers.

The Rotary Club of Lins, in District 4480, in partnership with other Rotary Clubs in the Lins area of Brazil as well as the Rotary Club of Flower Mound, Texas, USA, in District 5790, obtained a Global Grant for bio-digester Septic Tanks to be installed on farms in the municipality of Lins.

The focus of the project is to prevent groundwater from getting contaminated. The better management of waste means healthier farm families, their livestock and the fruit and vegetables using irrigation are safe from contagious contamination.
This project is for 69 septic tanks, which will provide clean water to approximately 360 people who live in the 75 homes located in rural Lins. A training  workshop was also held covering the operation of the equipment, personal hygiene and the reason for the installation of the system.

Rural sanitation is now a focus of the state government as it is seen as a way of maintaining a rural economy and improving the quality of life in rural communities.