Currently, availability of clean drinking water is quite grim World over. In India about 77 million people lack access to clean drinking water though, being their birth right.
The World Bank estimates that 21 percent of communicable diseases in India are linked to unsafe drinking water and the lack of hygiene practices. Further, over 500 children under the age of five die each day from Diarrhea in India alone.
Despite India’s booming economy, water insecurity and poor water quality remains a major cause of child mortality and morbidity, especially among the poor. India lost more than 600,000 children under 5 in the year 2010 due to WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) related diseases like Diarrhea and Pneumonia.
Many cities in India has been facing a water crisis since long, and barring the elite schools, the rest face a severe shortage of clean drinking water – not only in the school premises but also at home. Children fall sick due to dehydration or having drunk contaminated water, they become prey to several waterborne diseases.
A report states that 80% diseases are caused by unhealthy drinking water. There is a large section of the society which drinks only tap water, risking their lives with different deadly contaminants present in the drinking water. The contamination and hardness of water are the major issues which need to be addressed. Most often children suffer from non-availability of pure drinking water due to less immunity. The best way to routinely provide pure drinking water to children is to install RO plant in their schools. Usually, government run or government aided schools run short of good resources to provide pure drinking water. Through PAANI project the Trust plans to install RO plants at as many places and in as many schools as possible. Currently, the Trust is installing plants in and around Chennai city and wishes to expand its operation in other parts of the country too.