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Clean Water Access – WaterHealth India

WATER ACCESS INDIAWaterHealth India (WHIN) is a wholly owned subsidiary of WaterHealth International, a company that aims at providing scalable, safe drinking water solutions to underserved areas in India through advanced technology and self-sustaining business models based on WaterHealth Centres. These centres are modular structures that house water purification equipment to treat locally available water. Each WHC produces World Health Organization (WHO) quality water that is available, for a nominal usage fee that is determined appropriate and affordable in partnership with communities.

WHIN works with communities through local government bodies to identify suitable installation sites where safe drinking water can be accessed by the locals or supplied to their homes depending on their needs. These centres are designed to replace local wells and other water supplies, like the one below, in which the water quality is not assured and can result in the spread of waterborne diseases.

The community provides land and the source of raw water to WHIN while the latter invests in and installs state of the art i.e. Ultra Violet (UV) and Reverse Osmosis (RO) based water purification systems. The safe drinking water is supplied to the consumers in specially designed containers which are sold to the local community for a nominal charge.
Operational expenses and quality control checks are undertaken and borne by WHIN. Projects are undertaken on a Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) basis for 10-20 years after which the centre is transferred fully to the community.

WHIN’s Decentralized Community Water Systems not only provide easy and affordable access to safe drinking water but also lead to employment generation for youth and women for operating the installation generating awareness about safe drinking water and other health issues through extensive hygiene campaigns in the local communities in which they operate.

WHIN customizes the technical specifications of its installations based on local raw water quality to best suit the requirements of the community and adheres to nationally and internationally prescribed standards.

With over 500 centres built in India since 2006, WHIN plans to build another 30 or more installations in the Bangalore area with revenue from WBCs over the next 7 years.