SAFE DRINKING WATER, Karnataka
Jayamma is a 45 year old woman who lives with her family of 5 in Veerananjipura. Even though she understood that the water from the tap is not good for health, she had no option but to consume it. She was unable to travel to the neighbouring villages to fetch purified water and even her sons had no time as they left early for work. She would boil the water that was available. However, the consumption of gas went up considerably. There were times when she had to fetch water from Nelamangala, at a distance of about 4 km for which she had to pay about INR 30 per can. All these expenses were adding up and the financial burden of basic needs was rising. With the introduction of the RO water plant in her village, she not only has access to clean drinking water, she even volunteered to run the plant.
“Paying INR 5 for 20 litres of pure water from the RO plant is nothing compared to paying a rupee for a small pouch of water. Ever since the RO plant has become functional, I regularly take 3-4 cans of water in a week. Now I use clean water for drinking as well as cooking.”
- Jayamma, Veerananjipura