What can be better than providing access to clean drinking water to five thousand people, while also providing employment to village youth? In collaboration with Wheels Global Foundation, we set up a clean drinking water plant in January 2015. Mr Ruyintan Mehta from New Jersey, USA, visited the village in December 2014 on behalf of the Foundation. Our survey revealed that the villagers faced health problems due to lack of access to clean drinking water. The water samples had high fluorine content and microbial counts. Excessive flourine intake over a period leads to bone pains, fractures and deformities in adults. Children develop pits and other cosmetic defects of the teeth.
In past, the villagers imported clean drinking water at Rupees 10-15 per 20 liters. Moreover, the supply was not regular. As a result of this plant, the villagers now have easy access to clean drinking water. It is being supplied on-site at Rupees 2 for 20 liters (3.3 cents for 5 gallons) to cover the maintenance cost of the plant. Also, at Rs 8 for 20 liters (13.2 cents for 5 gallons) to cover the employment and transportation costs, water is supplied to those who desire the delivery service. Through this project, we have so far provided employment to three youth. Effluent water is used to keep the toilets in the school clean. School children and the rural health center get water free of charge.This self-sustaining project along with village clean-up project will improve health in the community, ultimately improving the quality of life of the indigent people in the area. One more unit will be operational in Kashireddyguda in March 2017.