Safe Drinking Water
Around 37.7 million Indians are affected by waterborne diseases annually, 1.5 million children are estimated to die of diarrhea alone and 73 million working days are lost due to waterborne disease each year. The resulting economic burden is estimated at $600 million a year.
Water quality is affected by both point and non-point sources of pollution. The need for user involvement in maintaining water quality and looking at other aspects like hygiene, environment sanitation, storage and disposal are critical elements to maintain the quality of water resources. With the decentralization of programs for water supply it is essential that communities and institutions like panchayats are actively involved in the planning, implementation and execution of programs for water supply.
Habitat India will support communities in its program locations to implement appropriate and suitable activities to increase access to safe drinking water and renewable energy.
Safe drinking water project with Dow
Habitat for Humanity was instrumental in the development of the concept and facilitation of the project as well as implementation and monitoring, working closely with the village panchayats. The three water treatment plants were donated by Dow India as part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives. These plants are run on Dow’s proprietary Reverse Osmosis (RO) technology that removes impurities, bacteria and viruses, and helps prevent water-related diseases. Dow India supported Habitat for Humanity in the design, provision, and installation of the RO plants and provide training for their ongoing operation and maintenance.
This initiative is aimed at:
- Establishing three water supply points in the villages
- Providing clean drinking potable water to 1577 families
- Enable provision of adequate clean water to the families (5-15 litres of safe water per family per day)
- Reducing the incidence of waterborne diseases among these families
- Reducing the amount of time spent by these families in collecting water each day
“It is a proud day for us at Habitat for Humanity, to witness the completion of our vision to provide these three villages with clean drinking water, a commodity very scarce in the state of Tamil Nadu. We are certain that this will ensure the reduction of waterborne diseases and improve the quality of life. I would also like to thank our local partners and Dow India for supporting this project,” said CEO Habitat for Humanity India.