More than 1 billion people lack access to safe drinking water worldwide. Dirty drinking water causes roughly 200 deaths per hour of children below age 5, and stunts development. Centralized treatment, piped water systems, the routine use of bottled water or fuel to boil drinking water are not affordable for households with average incomes below $1 a day. The rural underserved need a robust, effective, and affordable water purification technology, implemented via a sustainable model.
Install 10 Community Water Systems in rural Andhra Pradesh with Naandi Foundation. Train village members to operate and maintain the systems, and collect fees (1 cent/gallon) to cover salaries and recover system capital costs over time.
Waterborne disease incidents are reduced. Women and children are relieved of the burden of fetching water. Jobs and micro-entrepreneurial opportunities are created: system operators, delivery staff, and sanitation trainers hired from the community
Project Leader: Katie Schmitz Fernandez
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