Wednesday, February 19, 2014

CAPpings- India - Clean Drinking Water Can Save Lives -- Through Water Education

Can education save the one out of every five children in India who die before the age of 5 from infections caused by dirty water? I believe it can, and I believe India's 500 million children are the ones who can and must lead the transformation in hygiene practices that can save these lives and help address the nation's water crisis.
What really brought this home to me was a recent two-week service trip to India in the company of Jacqueline Lundquist, the Chief Serendipity Officer at WaterHealth International who knows India and its people and culture very well. The wife of former U.S. Ambassador under President Clinton, Richard Celeste, Lundquist lived in India from 1997 to 2001, and her heart and her work bring her back there frequently. Her latest initiative, the Jaldhaara Foundation (jaldhaara means "flowing water" in Hindi) was launched on Jan. 3, 2014, in a rural village 45 kilometers south of Hyderabad, under the sponsorship of WaterHealth corporate leadership.
Publication Date: 17 January 2014

1 comment:

  1. It is great to see the multi-dimensional approach of solving water health issue. Numerous incidents of water leakage leading to contamination are happening all over India. We largely depend on aged pipeline network for distribution to the public. Corrosion of pipelines is one of the major reasons for such leakage. Water management authorities and design houses neglect the effect of corrosion and do not put technology efforts on choosing the appropriate measures in the design stage. Majority of these pipelines have been laid very close to the sewer transmission. When water travels through these locations vulnerable for contamination, public ultimately receives the contaminated water. Proper Material selection is often ignored in the present design systems. The resultant effect is not only the leakage, but also leading to health impacts on public who consumes this contaminated water. Government should encourage corrosion awareness for water distribution. We find regulations for environmental issues. There is no legislation in our country to implement and regulate corrosion control practices although it is one of the serious environmental concerns. Our water resources are getting diminished day by day. We have to take strict measures in safeguarding the water distribution system. There is a misconception on allowing leakage to maintain pressure within distribution system as per industry practice. Our present approach is not to bother on leakage, but exploring new water bodies to meet the demand