AWS Teams with Water.org and WaterAid to Provide Water Resources Across India
MUMBAI, India—April 21, 2022 – Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company, today announced that its community water projects, in collaboration with global nonprofits Water.org and WaterAid, have provided access to clean water for more than 250,000 Indian citizens in the states of Maharashtra, Telangana, and Andhra Pradesh, India, since 2020. Moving forward, AWS plans to accelerate its work with Water.org, WaterAid, and other global nonprofits to expand initiatives focused on preserving water resources, improving access to clean water, developing sustainable sanitation operations, and continuing to improve the water efficiency of its own operations, in India and around the world.
In collaboration with Water.org and local organizations, AWS provides affordable loans in the three Indian states to help nearby communities finance the installation of piped water connections and toilets in individual houses. With WaterAid, AWS assists with rainwater harvesting, groundwater recharge systems, piped water installations, and community awareness programs in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
With India’s population of 1.38 billion people, these programs are especially important. According to Water.org, more than 6% of Indian citizens lack access to safe water. A lack of household water connections and toilets contributes significantly to waterborne illnesses, stunting, and death. In addition, as millions navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, accessing safe water is critical to families’ health in India.
Water.org develops programs by partnering with microfinance institutions, self-help group federations, and state rural livelihood missions to empower local communities in India with water resources. In Maharashtra, Water.org works with the Mahila Arthik Vikas Mahamandal (MAVIM), which is the State Women's Development Corporation of the Government of Maharashtra, to market water supply and sanitation (WSS) loan products. To date, the various field activities with MAVIM have reached more than 130,000 people in Maharashtra. This includes WSS training and raising awareness in communities on loan products such as accessible family toilets and rooftop rainwater harvesting systems. In 2021, Water.org and MAVIM also installed community water purification plants in the Thelegaon and Deurwada villages, where each plant can provide clean water for up to 150 families.
Since July 2020, AWS and WaterAid have worked together on projects to respond to communities facing water security issues across Hyderabad and in 30 villages with gram panchayats (village governing institutions) in the Chittoor, Guntur, and Vizianagaram districts in the neighboring state of Andhra Pradesh. For example, in the Zilla Parishad High School of Venkateswaranagar, Jagadgirigutta in Hyderabad, WaterAid constructed a 12,000-liter storage tank with separate compartments for rainwater and municipal water, two handwashing stations, and a recharge system for excess rainwater and runoff. This benefited a total of 826 school students and teachers. The rainwater harvesting and groundwater recharge projects by WaterAid across Hyderabad and the three districts in Andhra Pradesh have resulted in the generation of over 240 million liters of water per year, reaching over 40,000 people in the project areas.
AWS’s collaboration with Water.org and WaterAid in India is one way that AWS practices water stewardship. For AWS, running its operations sustainably also means reducing the amount of water used to cool data centers. AWS’s holistic approach minimizes both energy and water consumption in its data center operations. This guides its water use strategy for each AWS Region—which starts with evaluating climate patterns, local water management and availability, and opportunities to avoid using drinking water sources. In some locations, AWS uses outside air for cooling much of the year, and on the hottest days when it does need water for cooling, AWS optimizes its systems to use minimal water. AWS is constantly innovating the design of its cooling systems and uses real-time sensor data to adapt to changing weather conditions to further reduce water use. AWS also uses reclaimed or recycled water instead of potable drinking water for cooling in multiple geographic regions and is working with local utilities to expand the use of reclaimed water wherever possible.
Many of our Amazon facilities in India also have the ability to collect and recycle water on-site with rainwater collection tanks or recharge wells and in-house sewage treatment plants, making it possible to reuse water for flushing and gardening.
Learn more about AWS’s water stewardship practices by visiting https://sustainability.aboutamazon.com/environment/the-cloud/water-stewardship.
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Water.org is an international nonprofit organization that has positively transformed more than 40 million lives around the world with access to safe water and sanitation. Founded by Gary White and Matt Damon, Water.org pioneers market-driven financial solutions to the global water crisis. For more than 25 years, they have provided women hope, children health, and families a future.
More about WaterAid
WaterAid is an international nonprofit working to make clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene a reality for everyone, everywhere within a generation. WaterAid works in more than 30 countries to change the lives of the poorest and most marginalized people. Since 1981, WaterAid has reached 28 million people with clean water, 28 million people with decent toilets and 26 million people with good hygiene.
- 750 million people in the world – one in ten – do not have clean water close to home.
- Two billion people in the world – almost one in four – do not have a decent toilet of their own.
- Around 310,000 children under five die every year from diarrheal diseases caused by poor water and sanitation. That's around 800 children a day, or one child every two minutes.
Every $2 invested in water and toilets returns an average of $8 in increased productivity.