PepsiCo Foundation Commits $4.2 Million to WaterAid to Increase Access to Clean Water in India
The PepsiCo Foundation announced today a $4.2 million grant to WaterAid, a leading international water and sanitation non-governmental organization, to provide clean water access1 to communities in southern India facing extreme water shortages, specifically in Palakkad (Kerala), Nelamangala (Karnakata), and Sri City (Andhra Pradesh).
Water scarcity and the sustainable management of water resources is a critical challenge that India is grappling with. This grant from the PepsiCo Foundation seeks to implement solutions that will help increase access to clean water for more than 200,000 people; build community and government capacity to manage water resources; and educate community members to adopt sustainable sanitation and hygiene practices.
As a result of current water use habits, population growth and the effects of climate change, a staggering four billion people are affected by water scarcity2 and by 2050, global demand for water will increase by as much as 50 percent3. Two-thirds of the world’s population currently lives in areas that experience water scarcity for at least one month a year and about half of those affected live in China and India4.
About PepsiCo Foundation
Established in 1962, the PepsiCo Foundation works with non-profit partners to develop innovative, sustainable solutions that address challenges in underserved communities around the world. The Foundation, along with PepsiCo and its employees, seeks to catalyze efforts that advance our Performance with Purpose 2025 goals related to increasing access to nutritious servings, providing access to safe water, partnering to increase recycling rates, and enabling young women to progress through school and be successful in the workforce. For more information, please visit www.pepsico.com/Purpose/Global-Citizenship.
WaterAid is working to make clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone, everywhere within a generation. The international nonprofit organization works in 34 countries to change the lives of the poorest and most marginalized people. Since 1981, WaterAid has reached 25.8 million people with clean water and 25.1 million people with decent toilets. For more information, please visit www.wateraid.org/us.
1 For PepsiCo, access to safe water is achieved at the watershed, community and household levels by making water more readily available, better managing supply or volume of water and/or ensuring quality through water treatment, improved hygiene and community sanitation.
2 http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/2/2/e1500323 Mekonnen and Hoekstra 2016
4 http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0024/002475/247553e.pdf Wastewater, The Untapped Report, 2017UNESCO