In India, it is tradition that you do not refuse drinking water to any one.
That the situation has come to pass where water doesn’t remain drinkable any more
is an extremely unfortunate burden of this century, something we ourselves have
With the safe drinking water programme we are also bringing on solutions to the
situation, we have pledged that we cannot and will not refuse safe drinking water
to communities that are thirsting for it.
How successful have we been in honouring this pledge, is the meat of this
section - as water users in villages, village panchayats, the government and
other partners speak up on how we are making safe drinking water for all
reality, and why they feel this is a solution that can revolutionise drinking
water quality in India.
Testimonials from the
Read what others have
to say about Naandi's Safe Drinking Water programme.
From the community
Being a pastor, I keep in constant touch with families and I know that diarrhea and stomach
ailments were a common problem here. They used to get their drinking water from village wells.
But after the safe drinking water plant came up here people aren’t falling ill that frequently.
It’s been a boon to the people and one that even the poorest of the families can afford.
- G Yohanna, Church Pastor, Bomminampadu, Krishna District,
Andhra Pradesh (December 2006)
Earlier I was taking
children to school in my rickshaw. I was earning
only Rs 2000 per month. Lately I was finding
it very difficult to earn even that after a lot
of children started going to school by autos
and buses. Now I earn Rs 150 per day by distributing
safe water cans to the villagers. Life is more
comfortable now and I am also planning to buy
a vehicle to transport the cans.
- Kora Lakshman Rao, water can distributor, Akividu village,
West Godavari district (September 2006)
Re 1 is such an insignificant
price. It is like almost no cost and spending
it on something like safe drinking water absolutely
fine as we know that we would not have to spend
on health and medical bills anymore.
- Savithriamma, daily wage labourer, Vempa village,
West Godavari district.
The village pond was
our only source of water. With the contamination
levels going up, we stopped drinking water from
the pond about eight years ago. The water was
green in colour and a lot of people from our
village were suffering from amoebasis and headaches.
Therefore we used to buy well water for Rs 3
a pot. When we got to know that Naandi was setting
up a water purification unit in our village and
sell 15 litres of water only for Re 1 none of
us believed. This is really marvelous. Now not
only is the water pure and safe, we are also
saving the money we sued to spend on the well
- Kakani Parvathi, housewife, Gudlavalleru village,
Krishna district. (September 2006)
Due to excess fluoride in the water villagers used to suffer from fever,
joint pains, etc. But now the situation has improved. The number of patients
visiting my clinic has gone down after people started drinking water from the
plant. I'm advising every patient to drink Naandi's Safe Drinking Water.
- Gopal Reddy, Medical Practitioner, Pendyal village,
Ranga Reddy district, Andhra Pradesh (October 2008)
Now every one in my village is getting healthier. The Community-based
Safe Drinking Water Centre is really helping us.
- Buta Singh, Pharmacist, Kotbhai village,
Giddarbaha tehsil, Punjab (February 2008)
From the Government
The Punjab government is showing keen interest in such water plants. I will definitely
tell the government that the water I tasted here in Kacharam is indeed good. We need
partnerships like these across the country more and more.
- Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission,
Government of India, at the inauguration of the Naandi’s first
Safe Drinking Water Centre in Nalgonda district, Andhra Pradesh (October 2007)
The dream of have clean drinking water in all homes has come true. This community-based
programme, will give enormous health benefits to the rural people in my state.
-Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister
of Punjab (February 2008)
We’ve been victims of diseases for several years now and we knew the water was
the culprit, but there seemed nothing we could to change this. But now this Safe
Drinking Water Centre has come to us like a gift from our government (of Punjab)
and Naandi. It’s definitely going to give us several social and health benefits.
-Balwinder Kaur, Sarpanch, Kotli-Ablu village,
Giddarbaha tehsil, Punjab (February 2008)
From our Donors and Partners
WaterHealth India is driven by the shared vision of Dr K Anji Reddy and
WaterHealth International to make ‘potable water a reality for all Indians by the year 2020.’
Our breakthrough technology platform enables sustainable delivery of water supplies to villages
at prices that even the poorest of the poor can afford. WaterHealth and Naandi together are
setting the stage for revolutionizing the reach of safe water across the country in what we believe
is India’s next big revolution – ‘The Blue Revolution.
- Sudesh Menon, CEO, WaterHealth India (December 2006)
Being part of Lions club, I
get to do a lot of work for the village development,
but this is the only project which has given
every member total satisfaction. Previously we
would conduct a lot of health programme to treat
people but now we are assured that people will
never fall ill. Thanks to Naandi's Safe
drinking water project.
- Rama Rosiah, Ex president, Lions Club, Akividu village,
West Godavari district(September 2006)
I contributed 50 percent of
the cost for 9 villages so far. For about 4 to
5 villages I donated the entire amount. It will
be good if Naandi starts a similar programme
in fluoride affected areas as well. Presently
local bodies themselves are making alternative
arrangements for fluorine problem. If Naandi
comes up with a solution for this, government
will definitely support.
- Pinnamineni Venkateswara
Rao, Higher Education Minister,
Andhra Pradesh(September 2006)
Fish, dead dogs, waste, dead
animals are all thrown into the canals. This
raw water is directly consumed by us as the conventional
water filters were damaged. We contributed a
part of the installation cost for the Safe water
plant. This was not a burden to anybody. We collected
money from about hundred people and arranged
money for the plant's
installation. We wanted everyone in the village
to be part of it even if they were contributing
Rs 5. Without any caste discrimination we collected
money from everyone.
- Ramachandra Raju, Donor, Vempa village, West Godavari District,
Andhra Pradesh. (September 2006)
I had no idea that I as an individual could actually make a difference in improving the
drinking water situation for the rural people. I find it tough to believe that my contributions
have helped to provide pure and safe water to Gagillapur residents.
- Sri MV Subbaraju, Managing Director, Shakti Met-Dor Ltd, Gagillapur village,
Ranga Reddy District, Andhra Pradesh (December 2007)
In my village is able to buy 20 litres of treated water at Rs 2. It’s very affordable.
- A Malla Reddy, Chairman, Kacharam Milk Cooperative Society, Kacharam village
Nalgonda district, Andhra Pradesh (October 2007)
Now I earn
Rs 400 per day
Chakravarthi from Akividu village (West Godavari district) once made a living with the small income her earned as a rickshaw puller. His earnings were decreasing by the day as more and more schoolchildren went to school by auto and bus.
With income that is very low, he often spent a lot on medication. Due to contaminated water, his family members frequently fell ill. He would spend thousands on treatment for his wife and children.
There were a lot of
waterborne diseases. We would spend about Rs
2000 on medicines alone every month.
Naandi's Safe Drinking Water plant was
installed in his village, the scenario changed
completely. He now delivers about 800 water
cans to the villagers everyday in his auto
that he bought recently and charges Re 12 per
can as delivery charge.
By evening I complete
7 to 8 trips. I get Rs 100 per trip. Excluding
all my expenses, I save Rs 50 per trip. On the
whole I save about Rs 400 per day.
- Chakravarthi.(September 2006)
customers health is most important to me
the owner of Iyer hotel, Akividu village (West
Godavari district) buys 50 cans of Naandi's
Safe water everyday. This means he spends Rs
50 per day on water. He uses this water for
drinking as well as cooking.
health is important to me. Municipal water was
never good. I used to buy Surya mineral water
earlier and charge my customers Re 1 per glass.
Now Naandi water is only Re 1 a can. I don't
want customers to fall ill. Any customer who
comes to the hotel first looks at the quality
of the water and that is why I am serving Naandi
After using this water,
fall ill anymore
the owner of a poultry farm in Bomminampadu,
where first plant of Naandi's Safe Drinking
water programme was installed has been buying
100 to 200 litres daily since a year.
Just like how safe water is
important for humans, it is for chickens also.
When I took my chickens to the doctor, he said
it was due to bad water. After using safe water,
chickens don't fall ill anymore and business
has become prosperous.