As of November 21, 2023, Jal Jeevan Mission reports that 70.76% of rural areas in India have functional household tap connections.
Why clean water?
Ensuring safe and assured access to clean drinking water at the household level is still a work in progress in specific regions. Additionally, inadequate water for essential tasks like washing, cooking, and food production leads to health issues, impacting education and livelihoods.
Depleting groundwater levels intensifies the need for sustainable water sources—an issue central to our focus. Water security involves having sufficient clean water for maintaining standards in food and goods production, sanitation, and healthcare.
WaterAid India is dedicated to implementing enduring solutions, striving to make clean water accessible to everyone, everywhere in the country.
Our approach is to boost community empowerment and local skills to facilitate the creation, implementation, and management of enduring water security plans. To achieve this, we employ diverse strategies:
- Develop community-level water security and water quality models, led by natural leaders and community members for sustainability.
- Introduce processes like Jal Chaupal, enlightening communities on water budgeting to involve them in finding solutions.
- Mobilise communities and strengthen mandated institutions such as healthcare centres, schools, and anganwadis.
- Collaborate with relevant departments, offering technical support at local levels in both urban and rural communities.
Together, we are making a meaningful impact by collaborating with governments, development partners, utility companies, community-based organisations, businesses, entrepreneurs, and local communities. Our daily efforts focus on advancing access to clean water.
We are supporting districts in integrating community-based water supply management and drinking water security into annual plans. We are also engaging in the State-level Task Force in Madhya Pradesh for 24x7 Water Supply Systems as well as implementing pond sand filters and water ATMs in Jharkhand and Odisha. Lastly, we are advocating for community-led water distribution models with mini-piped water systems in Delhi.
We are training district labs to complement water quality monitoring for chemical and emerging parameters. We are also employing water testing toolkits in areas with high fluoride, arsenic, and bacterial contaminations, guiding communities in assessing water quality.
WaterAid India is piloting Jal Chaupals in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, fostering community participation in government programmes on water quality and household connections.
WaterAid India is providing technical assistance to the Government of Bihar for clean water programmes. We supported the Government of Assam to provide safe drinking water through household taps.
We focus on long-term solutions
Consistently collaborating with a diverse range of stakeholders, our ongoing efforts are dedicated to making a lasting impact on improving access to clean water for all. By fostering partnerships and working closely with governments, development partners, community-based organisations, businesses, entrepreneurs, and local communities, we aim to implement sustainable solutions that address the challenges of water access.
This involves not only immediate actions but also strategic, long-term initiatives that contribute to universal access to clean water, thereby positively impacting the health, well-being, and livelihoods of communities across the country.
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