Provide Clean Drinking Water
Many of the diseases in India are water-born. The impact is multifold. The cost to health is enormous, especially for poor families who do not even have access to proper health care. According to a UN report, 626 million people are exposed to water contamination each year.
In India, every 15 seconds, a child dies from a water-related disease. At any given time, half of the world’s hospital beds are occupied by patients suffering from a water-related disease.
In India, Diarrhea alone causes more than 1,600 deaths daily; people die of illnesses linked to unsafe drinking water, improper human waste disposal, and unclean domestic environments. Estimates say that 21 percent of communicable diseases in India are related to unsafe water.
Harmful impact of impure water
Though many of the germs are found in the natural water, fecal and carcass contamination makes the challenge much harder.
In addition, in many places, harmful heavy metals, arsenic, and chloride are found in the groundwater.
India faces an enormous task to provide clean water to all its citizens. By providing low-cost potable clean water, not only millions of lives are saved and health is improved, the financial burden for many families is also lessened which eventually impacts the economy of the country.
The report also says that about 73 million working days are lost due to water-borne illnesses each year. Estimates suggest India loses Rs 36,600 crore every year due to water-borne diseases which do not include the cost of treatment.
A scientist from IIT Madras, Dr. Chandrasekharan has invented a natural water filter using clay. Unlike various reverse-osmosis technologies, this process does not require electricity and there is no loss of water. The filters last for over a year.
Having clean water is the number one priority for most of the remote villages and rural areas of Bharat. Clean water is essential to reduce infectious diseases and create a healthy environment for the people in the rural areas. This will also reduce cost of healthcare to the villagers and the nation. GIBV will select villages and rural areas where clean water is needed.
GIBV has consulted scientists in this field to identify the type of water filtration needed at the village level and for an individual home in the rural areas. GIBV’s intent is, where possible, to encourage the manufacturers of such filters to manufacture or assemble portable water filters for individual homes in the selected villages to provide money earning opportunity for villagers and create employment for rural areas. In this case also GIBV will raise seed money through the well-wishers and we ask them to click on DONATE button to donate funds for this clean water project and products.