We envisage a world where every human being has access to safe drinking water. The global water crisis takes lives of more than 14,000 people each day, 11,000 of them children under age 5. Women and girls spend more than 200 million hours every day walking to collect water from distant, often polluted source's.
A step towards realizing our vision has been the successful establishment of the community water plants in Manikyapuram a small village in Andhra Pradesh. The project was driven through a cross-sector partnership model where organizations from different sectors came together and offered an opportunity to leverage skills, knowledge and resources to accomplish things that each partner, on its own, would not have achieved. The objective to remove the dangerous levels of fluoride in the water in Manikyapuram was successful by building up the relation and collaboration of the community, local government and NGOs such as World Vision.
Today, there are more than 70 Eureka Forbes reverse osmosis plants and 40 ultraviolet water treatment plants in 35 rural and four urban communities. The communities have enthusiastically embraced the water plants. Since the partnership began, World Vision has also relied on Eureka Forbes to provide water filter units for emergencies.
To date, over 10,860 units have been distributed to flood-affected areas in Bihar, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry and Kerala. Eureka Forbes has recently developed a manually-operated filtration unit specifically for emergency use, which produces 500 liters of clean water per hour.
The pilot in Manikyapuram has provided the first example of an innovative new business model, not only for Eureka Forbes, but also for the women of the village. The filtration unit is now owned by the self-help group, which also supervises its operation. They generate revenue by charging the potable water to the community. One 20-litre container sells for three rupees, compared to 10 rupees for water transported in from safe areas. The partnership is now aiming to provide the purification units to another 20 villages.
Two community water purification plants were set up in the urban slums of Mumbai at Govandi and Mankhurd under the Jaldaan Initiative . These areas are one of the most under-developed localities of Mumbai, facing grave problems in sanitation and supply of Drinking Water. As a result, both the areas have seen a rise in drinking water related problems. The setting up of community water purification plants in these localities has alleviated the troubles of the inhabitants, as they remain functional throughout the day and have the capacity to dispense 1000 litres of Pure and Healthy drinking water every hour. This benefits almost 20000 thousand lakh people and reduces the occurrence of water borne diseases, by ensuring an ample amount of safe drinking water.
Thus, Eureka Forbes is committed to building a happy, healthy pollution free world that is based on trust and lasting relationships. We believe that our bonds would help us to grow faster and care for more families, building relationships that last a lifetime. We look forward to working with likeminded people and organizations.
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