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Clean Water Access in India

  • 1. No Poverty
  • 3. Good Health
  • 6. Clean Water
  • 11. Sustainable Cities

Water scarcity is the greatest risk facing our world today. 1 in every 10 people worldwide do not have access to clean water, and natural water sources are diminishing with climate change and pollution. Water access also affects a range of other issues - health, food security, energy security, economic growth and ecosystem protection. New solutions and projects are of the essence.

By providing clean water to 5 million individuals in rural Indian communities, Water Health India (WHIN) is fighting this global challenge. The Clean Water Access project is changing lives by promoting positive water, socio-economic and health impacts through  long-term, sustainable solutions. So far 400 centers have been built, each serving a community ranging from 5,000 to 20,000 people.

These centers are based off of a partnership with the local community and involve a  sustainable business model. The community provides land, raw water source and electricity, while WHIN funds the initial  water purification plant. The WHCs are constructed and run on an  agreement with the Local Government with a concession term spanning between 15-20 years. Purified water is sold at a nominal fee, as determined by the community, making safe water highly accessible.  This ensures continuous availability of safe drinking water to the community at affordable rates at all times.

Not only do these centers provide safe  and affordable water, but they also transform the local community and economy. Sanitation awareness is a major issue in rural India, so WHIN sponsors safe water education campaigns for children and youth.

Project impacts and benefits:
 
  • Increased access to clean, affordable water
  • Consumer households are 9 times less likely to contract waterborne illnesses
  • Overall community health improvement has positive social implications
  • Safe water-drinking centers provide jobs for youth and women
  • The project offers long-term solutions by involving relevant stakeholders, promoting self-sustainable business models and implementing an education campaign
“I used to get water supply twice a week and the water would almost be black in color, and it was coming mixed with sewage water which would almost make me puke at times. My family has 6 members and their health is my responsibility. I can’t let my family be at the risk of diseases therefore I started taking dr. water which is very affordable and safe drinking water and I buy it at Rs. 5 for 20 litres which is cheaper than others who sell at Rs 30 for 20 Litres can. ”
Ruksana Begum, Lingarajpuram, Bengaluru