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CSR: Water ATMs For Drinking Water In villages

Water ATM

Availability of clean and safe water is fundamental to human existence. India houses maximum number of people in the world who do not have regular access to clean drinking water. Lack of clean water for consumption can give rise to various water borne diseases.

According to a report by the United Nations, more than three million people in the world die every year due to water borne diseases, including 1.2 million children. In India, over one lakh people die every year of water borne diseases. Cholera, Typhoid, Gastroenteritis and Diarrhea are just some of the examples of these water borne diseases that erupt every year during monsoon and summer in India, thanks to the poor quality of drinking water and sanitation.

As a part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative, APM Terminals Pipavav has installed Water ATMs in 12 villages around the port to provide access to safe and clean drinking water.

Water ATM is an automated water vending machine that dispenses clean RO filtered chilled drinking water. These are installed to increase and cultivate the habit of consuming clean water and reduce the maladies caused by water sanitation like jaundice, diarrhea, typhoid etc.

During the first year of the project significant decrease in diarrhea, stomach pain and joint pain etc is reported in the project areas.

“United Nations has recognized the access to clean water as a basic human right,” said Keld Pedersen, Managing Director, APM Terminals Pipavav. “We understand the importance of hygienic water for the overall health of villagers and are happy to be a part of this initiative.”

The Water ATMs are installed for the villagers in Juni Mandardi, Ningala, Jolapur, Hadmatiya, Untiya, Juni Barpatoli ,Navi Barpatoli, Khumbhariya, Mota Agariya, Rajparda, Chatadiya and Navi Mandardi so far.

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The CSR Journal Team