Roughly 21 percent of communicable diseases in India are water related, with over 1,600 deaths a day attributed to polluted water sources. India ’s ability to sustain its rapidly expanding economy depends on improving its drinking water quality and infrastructure. Most major water suppliers are inefficient or do not serve remote areas, while private wells often fail prematurely. Hence, local communities need to have affordable alternatives to sustain themselves with clean drinking water at predictable quantities, qualities, and cost.

Objectives: 

To provide villagers in rural areas with safe, affordable and reliable drinking water using a low-cost, easily replicated approach to treating polluted surface water with riverbank filtration wells.

Rationale: 
Roughly 21 percent of communicable diseases in India are water related, with over 1,600 deaths a day attributed to polluted water sources. India ’s ability to sustain its rapidly expanding economy depends on improving its drinking water quality and infrastructure. Most major water suppliers are inefficient or do not serve remote areas, while private wells often fail prematurely. Hence, local communities need to have affordable alternatives to sustain themselves with clean drinking water at predictable quantities, qualities, and cost.
Innovation / Expected Results: 

This project combines a low-tech, low-cost water treatment technology known as riverbank filtration (RBF) with affordable methods of water-quality analysis. At the same time, the project uses a people-centered delivery method to transition RBF operation to local ownership. A pilot site will be established in Karnataka, India to demonstrate RBF is a technique capable of economically producing high-quality water from the low-quality river water. The project will also show small private sector providers that a successful business model can be formed around the design, installation, and operation of RBF systems. The project expects to provide over 5,000 people with access to safe drinking water with potential to scale the idea to reach 300,000 people in the Kali River watershed. The revenue generated by RBF will create new employment opportunities and is expected to sustain the project beyond the funding period.