A safe drink of water

Mrs. Rangamma and her family members used to drink water directly from the tap in front of the house that was then stored inside. However, the water was not safe for drinking as Mysore City Corporation is not using proper methods of water purification. Rangamma used to find a white layer of contaminants in the stored water. These issues caused the family to fall sick often but the average cost for the water treatment was Rs. 5000 to 6000 which was a great burden for them.

Mrs. Rangamma lives in Mysore, India and is a 65 year old housewife. Her family includes her only son, Bannaiah, who works at a college bicycle stand, her daughter-in-law who works as a sweeper in a hospital and their three children, who are all in school.

Mrs. Rangamma attended a training program where she learned about water and sanitation products and the possibility of getting a loan to purchase a water filter at her door step for nominal interest. She decided to take a loan through her self-help group (SHG) for Rs. 2,000 and purchased a water filter for the family.

When asked about the difference before and after 5 months of using the filter, she replied happily that she now drinks 5 liters of water per day and her family members drink same filter water at home as well they carry water for work and school. She remembers the training conducted and follows the instructions to keep it clean and in good working order. After four months of use, the family found their health condition improved and they have not visited the doctor in three months. She is happy to invite visitors and expressed her feelings of gratitude to all who made this possible.

Capital: New Delhi
Population of 1.2 billion
77 million lack access to safe water
769 million lack access to improved sanitation
59% of the total population lives on less than US$2 per day