Transforming Lives With Water
In India, we collaborate with leaders from both the public and private sectors to develop and implement a model that can achieve scale for the millions in need. We additionally partner with local communities and local governments (Panchayati Raj Institutions) in the states of Telangana, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. Our priority is to reach millions in need of safe water through the broad-scale replication of our model.
At a Glance
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The Need

The 100 million people in India lacking access to safe water are faced with a number of challenges. Nearly 75% of India’s surface water is contaminated by human, animal, agricultural and industrial waste, and its groundwater often contains high levels of fluoride and other mineral contaminants. Water and sanitation-related illnesses account for 70-80% of the country’s disease. Water scarcity during periods of drought, lack of education, and the sheer number of people in extreme poverty adds to the complexity. Progress towards addressing these issues is hampered by poor execution and a lack of support at the local level. Many of India’s rural water systems fail because of issues surrounding source sustainability and water quality. Inadequate operational controls and maintenance programs result in communities that lack the skills to manage their water systems, further compounding the complexity of India's water issues. 

Safe Water Network's iJal Brand

To increase and sustain demand for safe water, we created the iJal brand. iJal means “My Water” in Hindi and represents “a healthy tomorrow.” The iJal brand is now trusted in communities where our Safe Water Stations are located and is generating interest from surrounding villages. Today in India, all of our Safe Water Stations are branded with the iJal mark. 

Our Progress in India

In collaboration with local, national and international partners, our India team is overseeing an iJal expansion program to demonstrate the potential for replication of our model at scale. Our expansion plans include cost-effective technical support and an affordable supply chain for clusters of iJal Stations located in geographic proximity.

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Expansions in India

Building off of our success in more than 50 communities, we are now expanding to reach more people and prove our model can be broadly replicated.
India's newest state, where over three million people lack access to safe water.
One of India’s poorest districts is in one of the country's wealthiest states.
The Taj Mahal is located here, yet many in Uttar Pradesh suffer from unsafe water.

Safe Water Network has worked with dozens of communities in four different states to provide over 300,000 people affordable access to reliable safe water.

A Team of Committed Experts

Our New Delhi-based team has a diverse cross-section of technical, financial, health and development expertise. We are focused on achieving local sustainability so communities can successfully own and manage their water systems for generations to come.

India Liaison Office

Safe Water Network is a Liaison Office of Safe Water Network, USA in India. Established in April, 2011, it liaises with and provides technical and supervisory support to agencies that deliver safe, affordable drinking water in India.

  • India Country Director
    Safe Water Network

Insights and Engagement in India

We are contributing to the sector’s existing knowledge base through evaluation of our field work and the analysis of the long-term impact of safe water on health and livelihoods. We are committed to fostering best practice and shared learning.