One of the biggest water-related issues in India is linked to its quality: water is deeply contaminated with bacteria, nitrate, fluoride and iron that make it absolutely uneusable, if not treated. Due to the lack of quality, diseases such as dhiarrea, cholera, hepatites A, gastro-enterites and skin and teeth infections are quite spread.
Water supply in urban areas is a particularly complex issue, with the main stakeholders being the community and the local government.
In partnership with CURE, a local NGO, we tested on the ground an innovative water purification and distribution system that would allow people to buy drinkable water at affordable price in the slums of Agra (Uttar Pradesh). We then brought in Eureka Forbes Ltd, a for-profit water company, and provided training to a self-help group (SHG) of female workers living in the area who is now in charge of running the day-day operations of the water plant and earn a livelihood thanks to this scheme. The pilot project is now operating within a social business framework with a clear focus on impact and sustainability and has the potential to be scaled across the city and in other rural and urban areas.
If you want to know more, here you can find our case studies on this pilot project released in June 2013: Agra Water Case Study.
“Most donors provide resources. femS3 brings in much more: a steep learning curve on water technology and connections”. Dr. Renu Khosla, Director of Social Development at CURE.