by AUDrey | March 31, 2012

As we know, in the developing world, providing safe drinking water remains a major infrastructure and public health challenge. Access to clean water is an urgent global health issue because dirty water can cause typhoid, hepatitis and cholera, in addition to diarrhea, which kills about 1.5 million children worldwide each year — more than AIDS, measles and malaria combined.

But, across India, progress is being made to provide clean drinking water to residents.

More than 1.5 million people across India are being provided clean water through the new community water plants, built and run by the Naandi Foundation (supported by Tata Projects and Danone Communities). In the past seven years, 428 plants have been opened, each costing about $20,000 to build.  In addition, the residents of these towns pay what they can in order to support the plants.

Before these plants were put in, villagers would drink from wells, taps, or hand pumps.  The problem with this water though is the high quantity of impurities in it.  The water contains well over the World Health Organization’s acceptable level of 500 mg/L of dissolved solids. Even when villagers are accustomed to drinking this dirty water, it can cause illness, especially with the build-up of byproducts from pollution, pesticides, environmental degradation that have contaminated the groundwater over the years.

It is hard to convince villagers to pay for clean water when they think that it’s okay to drink the dirty water they have access to. But progress is being made, different strategies are being formed, and eventually, more and more villagers will be drinking safe water.

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