“1000 liters of purified drinking water to 60 families every day at Rs. One per family”
It is difficult to establish the exact degree of the importance of water to a man in his arduous climb up the ladder of civilization. It is certain, however, that without water there would be no life of any kind on the earth and that, without water readily available in adequate quantity and free of pathogenic organisms, man’s progress is tremendously hindered.
It is difficult to imagine any clean and sanitary environment without water. Invariably, the progress of sanitation throughout the world has been closely associated with the availability of water; and, the larger the quantity and the better the quality of the water, the more rapid and extensive has been the advance of public health. The history of public health is filled with both tragic and glorious milestones in which water was the important factor.
Recently, The IIT Kharagpur has developed a community supported supply of purified drinking water project at Porapara in West Midnapore district of West Bengal.
Dr. Somnath Ghosal of the Rural Development Centre of IIT Kharagpur has installed a fully-automated multi-filtered UV treated drinking water facility which can provide close to per 1000 liters of purified drinking water to 60 families every day at Rs one per family, an IIT KGP statement said Monday.
IIT-Kharagpur said, “While the land was freely provided by a villager, IIT Kharagpur built the infrastructure and funded the entire project. The villagers are now getting purified drinking water through water vending ATM machines using water cards from the facility launched about ten days ago.”
Ghosal said such self-managed purification units require little intervention in maintenance and require one-time
investments that can become part of the CSR initiatives of both public and private enterprises.
The entire operation of the unit, its upkeep, and daily management, are being done by the villagers who have formed
three committees to manage the operations.
It is an “install and self-operate” arrangement in which the current and future financial needs are to be met by the villagers from the fund collected in the form of the daily payment for water, the statement said. Ghosal recently filed for a patent for the technology used in Porapara, the statement said.
The objectives of any water-supply system are : (a) to supply safe and wholesome water to the users, whether these constitute a family, a group of families, or a community; (b) to supply water in adequate quantity; and (c) to make water readily available to the users, in order to encourage personal and household hygiene.