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Launched by the President of India, Sri Ram Nath Kovind, on October 8th 2017, the Jivamritam Purified Clean Drinking Water Initiative aims to install drinking water filtration systems in 5,000 villages and provide clean drinking water to over 10 million people throughout India. The Jivamritam project utilizes a community cost-sharing model for the operation and sustainable management of the systems.
Amrita faculty and students are currently working to deploy the Jivamritam water filtration systems through the Live-in-Labs® program. The project includes applied research in the geographical distribution of water contaminants, filtration techniques and processes, awareness programs, and community empowerment strategies.
Around 76 million people in India lack access to clean drinking water. Although, the central and state governments have strived hard to provide piped water supply to the urban and rural communities, people still lack access to a steady water supply. Increasing population explosion is one of the major threats faced by India. This makes it harder for the authorities to handle the situation. Under such circumstances, the participation of the community becomes extremely critical/crucial. The community people need to be educated and made to understand the importance of adopting effective measures to combat the relevant issues.
With a vision to support and empower the rural communities, the Jivamritam purified drinking water project was launched by the President of India, Sri Ramnath Kovind and Amrita’s Chancellor Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi on October 2017. Through this project, we intend to deploy 5,000 Jivamritam filtration systems across several villages in India, benefitting over 10 million people.
Some salient features of our project are:
We have adopted a community cost-sharing model and a demand-responsive adaptable approach involving strong community participation. We have initiated comprehensive information, education and communication campaign including publications, folk media, electronic media, rallies, campaigns and workshops that are undertaken to promote responsible water use and water conservation. Also, capacity building for monitoring and supervision is undertaken to ensure that: