As many as two lakh lives are lost every year due to lack of access to clean water. Globally, about 844 million people are struggling to access life’s most essential requirement – clean water. Out of this, India alone accounts for 163 million people.
While access to water remains a challenge for millions in the country, quality of water that they manage to collect is an even bigger problem for some of the poorest and marginalised communities of India.
This is because of the levels of fluoride in water. When present in high levels, fluoride impacts the quality of drinking water and makes it hazardous. This is one of the most critical challenges that people in Kanker – a district located in the southernmost region of Chhattisgarh – are facing today. As per National Rural Drinking Water Programme, about 400 habitations (or 1.25 lakh people) are affected by fluoride contamination in rural Chhattisgarh. Though fluoride in permissible limits is an essential component for our body, its excessive intake can cause fluorosis, a disease that affects teeth and bones.
Yellowing of teeth is common among children and toddlers who regularly drink water with high levels of fluoride. This eventually leads to dark brown patches and, ultimately, tooth decay.
Another major impact of fluorosis is on the human bone structure. Over the years, as the disease gets severe, the bone structure changes, causing serious harm to ligaments. This ultimately results in the impairment of muscles.
Through your support, WaterAid India will intervene in the community and undertake testing of all water sources across the district and develop an integrated approach for fluoride mitigation.
- Volunteers training for 20 gram panchayats in the district on conducting regular water testing procedures
- Water sources in the region as well as near each school and anganwadi to be tested. Those found unsafe for use will be marked separately
- Water filters to be placed in prominent points in schools and hospitals
- Various awareness generation tools to inform villagers about the causes and effects of fluorosis
Access to clean water is a human right. We need your help in providing this necessity of life, so that they too can live a healthy, long, prosperous life.
Globally 844 million people lack access to clean water. India alone accounts for 163 million1.
In India, only 57% of the population has access to water available on the premises and only 31% of the rural population has access to piped water supply.
The burden of collecting water falls mainly on women who walk many rounds and long distances simply to get access to clean water. Access to clean water closer home can give people the time and resources to find jobs, learn new skills and run successful businesses. It helps them break free from poverty and change their lives for good. Access to clean water helps babies make it through their vulnerable first five years, gives new mums the best chance of survival and gives everyone in a family a fighting chance to avoide waterborne diseases.
When clean water is easily accessible at school premises for drinking and washing, children do not drop out, which enables them to study and gives them a chance to live their dreams and build a better future for themselves and their families.
Access to clean water is critical to help people live their lives to the fullest.
WaterAid is an international non-profit, determined to make clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone, everywhere within a generation. Only by tackling these three essentials in ways that last, can people change their lives for good. Since 1986, In 2017-18, it reached 209,971 people with access to clean water and 474,910 people with access to decent sanitation. WaterAid India is registered as Jal Seva Charitable Foundation (JSCF) in the country as a not-for-profit company and is an associate member of WaterAid International.
In 2016-17, WaterAid India reached to 6,03,716 people with access to clean water, 11,71,524 people with access to toilets and 15,66,669 people with hygiene education.
Clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene are basic human rights. They should be a normal part of daily life for everyone, everywhere – but they aren't. That's why we're here.
To know more about who we are and what we do www.wateraidindia.in
*Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) for Water Supply and Sanitation by WHO and UNICEF
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Engineering Staff College of India
I acknowledge Water Aid India to be a valuable partner in the implementation of the WASH projects that aims to provide access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene in the districts/communities of State of Telangana.
We are aware of Water Aid’s work in the past few years as a strong WASH partner with sound Technical knowhow Capable of taking up hardware installations in WASH Sector. Water Aid India has a wide outreach and commendable research work and programs around critical WASH themes done across different states of India and their international network and outreach is well known.
I admire the policy as well as program changes that Water Aid could leverage for improving quality of life of the most needy communities through their community level WASH interventions advocacy initiatives. I am also thankful to them for the valuable insights that they have provided to improve our programs and partnerships.
As a joint partner Engineering Staff college of India (ESCI) a National Key Resources Centre (KRC) empaneled with Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation (MoDWS) Govt. of India desires to take up large scale initiatives in WASH Sector with its strong technical expertise.
I wish Water Aid great success in all their future endeavours and look forward to greater cooperation for our ongoing collaboration with Water Aid.
|Nitin Nagesh Pai
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: Nisha Malik, Director - Resource Mobilization