SAFE WATER NETWORK-HONEYWELL PARTNERSHIP TO PROVIDE ~90,000 PEOPLE WITH SAFE DRINKING WATER IN MAHARASHTRA

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To launch 30 iJal safe water stations in the state~

Each station to cater to 3,000 community members~

Maharashtra, September 05, 2019 – Safe Water Network and Honeywell have partnered to provide safe drinking water access to 90,000 people in water quality affected communities across Chandrapur, Gadchiroli, and Gondia districts of Maharashtra. The first of 30 planned safe water stations was launched at the Government Medical College and Hospital here by Shri Nanaji Sitaram Shamkule, Member of Legislative Assembly, Chandrapur, and Dr Kunal Khemnar, IAS, District Collector and District Magistrate, Chandrapur.

Funded by a Honeywell India grant and implemented by Safe Water Network, the water stations – called iJal stations – will be community led and operated.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Nanaji Sitaram Shamkule, said, “It is encouraging to see women self-help groups operating and maintaining social water enterprises. I believe that when the women of the country are empowered, the country progresses.”

“This initiative is a great example of how the government, private sector, and civil society can join hands to help fulfil some of the basic needs of the people,” said Dr Kunal Khemnar,. “By establishing the first water station at the hospital, we are not only providing affordable safe water to the patients and their attendants but also to the neighboring local community.” He added

Ravindra Sewak, Country Director, Safe Water Network, said, “At Safe Water Network, we want to empower local communities by skilling them to manage their own source of safe drinking water. We do this systematically through established social engineering process, technical innovation, and strong governance. Reliability of services and sustainability of operations are the hallmark of our initiative.”

Akshay Bellare, President, Honeywell India, said, “These safe water stations use world-class multi-stage water treatment systems to purify water. They feature cutting-edge remote monitoring systems and process rigor to minimize downtime. Our partnership with Safe Water Network ensures engagement at all levels of the targeted community for social, financial, and environmental sustainability.”

These water stations have 24×7 anytime water machines (ATM), which can dispense clean, affordable drinking water using RFID cards for cashless transactions or coin dispensing.

Safe Water Network and Honeywell have already built 150 safe water stations across 17 districts in Telangana, serving half a million people.

About Safe Water Network

Safe Water Network has been working alongside communities in Ghana and India since 2009 to establish decentralized and locally-owned community water purification systems that provide affordable, reliable and safe off-grid drinking water. Over the past ten years Safe Water Network India, has established about 300 safe water stations called ‘iJal stations’ in the Indian states of Maharashtra, Telangana, and Uttar Pradesh providing access of safe water to over one million beneficiaries and 800 livelihoods. We work along with local governments (Panchayati Raj Institutions) and enable self –help group, local communities / entrepreneurs by providing training, tools and support to enable financially sustainable iJal stations. We have launched the Small Water Enterprise Alliance, a multi-sectoral partnership for sector collaboration and advancement of affordable safe drinking water for poor.

Working with government and other stakeholders, our priority is to document the success of this approach and, working with other entities, reach millions in need of safe water through its broad-scale replication. We regularly publish the India Sector Review, share best practices in the sector through our field insights and spotlights that are disseminated nationally through our ‘Beyond the Pipe’ forum and internationally at the Stockholm World Water Week. We work with urban local bodies for city water delivery assessments and are the key resource center of Ministry of Drinking water and Sanitation. For more information on Safe Water Network please visit www.safewaternetwork.org