100th Telangana Safe Water Station Launched
Today Safe Water Network launched its 100th Telangana Station in Akkampeta, which brings the total number of iJal Stations in India to 115. The Akkampeta iJal Station already has 200 consumer households, who either purchased iJal water cans or registered for monthly card membership with the Station.
Located in Athmakur Mandal, 22kms east from Warangal District, Akkampeta village comprises 885 households and has a population of 4,016 people.
The iJal Station is managed and operated by its entrepreneur, Jangam Rajesh, who approached the Safe Water Network project team to set up a station in his village, after he realized the successful model operations of the iJal Station located in the adjacent village of Peddapur. Jangam has an entrepreneurial spirit and is also managing his business of tents and DISH television in Akkampeta.
It took about four months for necessary approvals from local governance; land & building selection; civil construction; and consumer activation programs that were conducted in the village to spread safe water awareness and importance among the village community. An electrolyser water quality demo test (locally called ‘Neeru Agnipariksham’) is one of the regular activities conducted in iJal Station project villages.
Seen here (L to R): John Keys, Executive VP, Safe Water Network; Poonam Sewak, Development & Partnerships Manager, Safe Water Network; Shanker Batra, Operations Manager, Safe Water Network; Ravi Bhoopathi, Project Officer-Telangana, Safe Water Network; and Kalavathi, Field Executive from local NGO partner, MARI.
About Team iJal
Team iJal comprises local NGO partner Modern Architects of Rural India (MARI) and Safe Water Network India, with operations led by Shanker Lal Batra. The team is passionate about iJal stations and the communities they serve. It engages in a range of operations including community mobilization; consumer activation programs; endorsements from local governance; training the local youth to operate and maintain iJal stations; and financial prudence. The rigor of the team ensures reliable water supply with less than 2% downtime and sustainability. The team reported volume growth (+21% YTD same store) and led to almost 85% stations paying for the service fee for routine maintenance in November 2015.