January 20, 2016

Tata Trusts, Jaldhaara Foundation and WaterHealth India come together to set up 65 drinking water plants in North Karnataka

Yadgir, Karnataka: Tata Trusts, Jaldhaara Foundation (JF) and WaterHealth India (WHIN), today, inaugurated a "WaterHealth Center" (WHC) at Yadgir town of Yadagir district in the state of Karnataka. This community based water distribution system will provide safe and affordable drinking water to the underserved communities in the area.

Handing over the first can

'Tata Water Mission' an initiative of Tata Trusts, is working towards providing safe drinking water and healthy life to the underserved communities and has activated execution across nine states. Taking a step forward towards bolstering this key strategy in Bengaluru and parts of North Karnataka, Tata Trusts has partnered with Jaldhaara Foundation (JF) to set up 65 WaterHealth Centers in this region. The economic model of this project enables coverage of capital and operating costs to achieve sustainability.

The project builds on WaterHealth India's (technical partner for Jaldhaara Foundation) successful track record of managing over 500 community water systems called WaterHealth Centers (WHC) in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu since 2006. WHIN's award winning water purification and disinfection technology, combined with creative business approaches, has enabled the delivery of affordable clean water to even the most underserved communities. Inside the WHC, raw water undergoes six stages of purification and the water treated from these plants meets the IS10500 and the World Health Organization standards of safe drinking water.

Speaking on the occasion, Arish Syed, Chief Executive Officer, Jaldhaara Foundation said, "Building upon the long term partnership with Tata Trusts, this effort is a major step towards achieving Jaldhaara' s mission of implementing sustainable Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) solutions in over two thousand (2,000) communities by 2020."

About Tata Trusts
Tata Trusts are amongst India's oldest, non-sectarian philanthropic organizations that work in several areas of community development. Tata Trusts seek to be catalysts in development through support to institutions in the areas of Natural Resources Management, Rural Livelihoods, Urban Livelihoods & Poverty, Education, Enhancing Civil Society and Governance, Health and Media Arts, Crafts and Culture.

For more information please visit http://tatatrusts.org/

About Jaldhaara Foundation
Jaldhaara Foundation (JF) is a not for profit organization having its base in India with expansion plans to Ghana and Nigeria within West Africa.

Jaldhaara Foundation (JF) aims to provide sustainable access to safe drinking water and sanitation solutions to the underserved communities (both rural and urban) globally as envisaged in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It envisions building preferences and promoting positive behavioral changes towards WASH practices through its programs with gender mainstreaming and empowerment as critical element embedded in the design.

We believe in 'quenching a bigger thirst' through our actions which aim to bring about a positive change in the lives of underserved people.

For further details please contact:
Selvaraj Guduri, Jaldhaara Foundation - +91-9295029245

About WaterHealth India
WaterHealth India (WHIN), a wholly owned subsidiary of WaterHealth International, aims at providing scalable, safe drinking water solutions to underserved areas in India through advanced technology and innovative business models.

Headquartered in Irvine, California, USA, WaterHealth International runs operations worldwide including Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Bangladesh, and India. WHIN started operations in India in 2006 with a vision to provide safe, scalable and affordable drinking water to the underserved communities across the country and currently operates over 500 plants in India.

For further details please contact:
Mohan Kumar K, WaterHealth India - +91-8790011002