Using Solar Energy to Bring Clean and Accessible Drinking Water to 100 remote villages
Geographical Location: Forest and Tribal areas in Odisha in East India, Backward and Forest areas in Madhya Pradesh in Central India, Slums in Bhuvaneshwar in Odisha, Semi Arid and backward areas in Maharashtra in West India.
The Issue: In these areas women have to walk 200 m to 1 km, which can increase to 1 to 3 km in summer months when the wells and rivers dry up. Water being an essential need, heavy loads of water have to be brought to the villages from a distance everyday. The installation of the solar pumps will bring water almost at their doorstep ranging from 50 m away to taps in the households, saving time and energy to do other useful work for themselves and their families.
The Project: Given that in India, over 700,000 villages do not have access to water, an off-grid, self-sustaining solar pumping solution is the quickest way to provide water to millions. Sunlit Future, in collaboration with local NGO partners in four different states will install 100 solar drinking water pumps, using environmentally sustainable technological solutions to make water accessible for 30,000 poor persons living in these difficult and undeveloped areas.
The Grundfos Foundation has agreed to co-sponsor the construction of the first 28 of 100 solar-powered pumping systems in 100 villages.
Social Impact: In the first phase of the ‘100 Pumps for 100 Villages’ project, solar powered drinking water pumps were installed in 28 remote villages with poor access to water.
Bringing clean drinking water closer to the homes of these people has lead to improved health and hygiene, quality of life and dignity for the women who have to carry heavy loads of water over long distances every day. The saving of time and energy will give them a chance for earning a better income through other livelihood opportunities, improving education for children and reduce health costs, thereby creating healthier families, communities and societies in the long run.
The project became an instant success by providing an environmentally sustainable solution.
Project Date: The first phase of this project was completed in March 2015.