Standard Chartered Bank and Piramal Sarvajal have joined hands to provide 3 lakh people with access to safe drinking water. Earlier, both the organizations were together providing water to around 139,000 people. Having doubled the target, they are now looking to achieve the goal by setting up decentralized drinking water solutions and enhancing water security in remote rural areas across five states over the next three years.
In a bid to address the access and quality issues in drinking water space in remote areas, Standard Chartered and Piramal Sarvajal had collaborated three years ago and the partnership has continued to benefit a number of people. The organizations are not only installing decentralized water purification units, but also the 24×7 solar powered water ATMs, along with community awareness and maintenance services, other than real-time online monitoring.
Both the organizations have focused on identifying underserved areas. The partnership has covered 64 locations over the last three years. However, over the next three years of the partnership, the focus would be on water conservation, community ownership and greater participation of women. The water management solution will be implemented across 75 villages, spread over Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, etc.
“We are pleased to have partnered with Standard Chartered to provide safe and affordable drinking water to marginalized sections of society, especially during such unprecedented times,” said Dr Swati Piramal, Vice-Chairperson, Piramal Group and Director Piramal Foundation.
On the other hand, Zarin Daruwala, CEO, India, Standard Chartered Bank said, “Daily access to safe drinking water is one of the key challenges faced by people in remote rural areas, something that we take for granted but which for them, especially women is a daily drudgery.”
The basic idea of this CSR activity is to build community mobilization to conserve water, reduce wastage and ensure long term sustainability.