Today 37.7 million Indians are affected by water - borne diseases annually, 1.5 million children are estimated to die of diarrhea alone. Most Indian villages suffer from lack of access to clean and safe drinking water.
Nandi foundation has successfully worked in a model making best use of the existing technologies. In a private-public-panchayat partnership they have perfected an innovative water service delivery model that is sustainable, affordable and replicable.
This was started in 2005 at Bomminampadu village in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh where there was a high pathogen content in drinking water. The raw water sourced either from the community's underground or surface water resources is treated at a community water treatment plant using a reverse osmosis or ultraviolet technology is installed by the NGO.
The treated water is of prescribed potable standards of the World Health Organization. Residents of the village access this water at a nominal treatment-user fee of 10-12 paisa per litre.The newly created village asset is managed by 2 unemployed youth from the village. One operates and maintains the plant while the other conducts door to door awareness campaigns to promote the consumption of safe drinking water.
This new approach has been implemented across 404 villages in Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan and is providing safe drinking water to 3 million people every day. This model ensure the capacity to provide 40 litres of treated water to every individual and for cooking needs in the village for all 12 months in a year as stipulated by the government's Accelerated Rural Water Supply Programme.