In India people are dying because of the lack of clean water.
India is among the world’s most water-stressed countries. The reasons are not only seasonal variations with heavy rainfall and droughts but more importantly the lack of sustainable management of water resources and access to safe water sources. Between 2012 and 2017, India registered 69.14 million cases of water-borne diseases. According to the ministry of Health and Family Welfare, diarrhea is the cause for 60% of all death in India – the leading killer. Since 2014 the government has raised more awareness for these issues through the nationwide campaigns Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Mission) to improve sanitation and hygiene and the Jal Jeevan Mission to improve access to drinking water.
In March 2020, Helioz kicked off the new project in India, focusing on vulnerable rural communities. The project is implemented and developed in cooperation with existing Indian implementation partners. Currently, we are documenting the project design. The project is set up to reach 250,000 beneficiareies and save up to 365 litres of disinfected water per year. In January, HELIOZ is going to focus on the distribution of the WADIs to selected households.
Is it possible to contribute to reaching 10 Sustainable Development Goals just by providing safe drinking water? Is it possible to reduce 500.000 tons of CO2 emissions within five years? Is it possible to unite social, ecological and economic goals with just one idea?
The answer is yes. It is!
By providing safe drinking water for more than 250,000 people and tirelessly raising awareness for water disinfection, hygiene and sanitation in rural communities in India, a systematic change of household water treatment will be achieved, mainly supported of course by SODIS, Helioz´ solar water disinfection, in combination with the WADI as a practical, sustainable, cost-efficient and environmentally friendly method.
Another significant contribution is the empowerment of women as the primary provider of safe drinking water.
By replacing boiling water as the primary source of water treatment method with the technologies of HELIOZ, we could reach an initial reduction of 100,000 tons of CO2 emissions per year. This is possible through the reduction of indoor air pollution and the accompanying CO2 emissions.
Pleasant accompanying phenomenons, of course, are the reduction and prevention of water-borne diseases up to 80%. Furthermore, HELIOZ can protect local forests with an annual saving of up to 1,000 kg firewood per household per year and a raised awareness of proper waste management at the household level.
Safe drinking water reduces health costs for families and helps in saving 10% of monthly household income in India. Also, about 50 USD a year due to reduced firewood usage could be annually saved per household. A healthy community is also more efficient. Increased school attendance (up to 40%) and workdays (up to 60%) due to lower disease rates could easily be achieved. The project would create last but not least local employment (community workers) in rural communities.
Caritas India - HELIOZ´ Implementation partner
Caritas India is a leading NGO in poverty alleviation through community-managed disaster risk reduction and natural resource management.
The organization serves the underprivileged sections of society, hailing from socially excluded communities, the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, and religious minorities by exercising preferential actions for the most marginalized. With robust on-site performance, Caritas values the successful cooperation with HELIOZ as an innovative solution provider and expert in the field of water disinfection.