Promoting water security in India
Water scarcity is an issue many tribal communities in India still face today. Joining forces with the Indian Raah Foundation, Uponor helps bring consistent access to clean water to rural villages suffering from water scarcity. The joint Project Malhar supports water sustainability through the construction and repair of check dams, wells and bore wells in the Maharashtra region.
"Water security issues are life-threatening. That is why at Uponor, we fully support the focus on clean water and proper sanitation for everyone, everywhere. We are elated to support such an important cause"
Dr Karsten Hoppe (President of Building Solutions Europe)
Water scarcity in the Maharashtra region
The Maharashtra region in India sees some of the highest rainfall in the country.
However, the mountainous landscape makes it flow away almost immediately without structures for water storage. This results in water security issues for the locals for most of the year outside the Monsoon season.
Consistent access to drinking water in India’s poor and dry regions has a crucial social impact and transforms the local's quality of life.
2 billion people
50 and 100 litres of water per day
907.5 million litres per year
2 billion people worldwide do not have consistent access to clean drinking water.
For drinking, personal and household hygiene, laundry, and food preparation, every person needs between 50 and 100 litres of water per day. The considered water-scarce only have access to about 5 litres per day.
The efforts of the Raah Foundation have led to an overall water capacity of 907.5 million litres per year in 95 different villages.
Open Well at Kardaipada, Dhanoshi
- Population: 412
- The old well was 3 metres deep and merely conserving rainwater that would get used up immediately post-monsoon
- Uponor helped rebuild and deepen the open well 5 metres in diameter and 9 metres deep, providing the village with a perennial and safe drinking water source
- Women and girls save over 6 hours each day
Open Well at Gaothan, Dhanoshi
- Population: 663
- No drinking water sources were available in the area creating challenges to the community
- After doing a hydrogeological analysis that indicated the presence of a local aquifer, Uponor supported the construction of an open well 5 metres in diameter and 9 metres deep
- Every day more than 150 women fetch water from the new well benefitting the entire village
Check Dam in Dohrepada, Dhanoshi
- Population: 366
- The existing check dam was repaired and expanded, with dam height increasing from 4 to 7 metres
- The new check dam has an increased water storage capacity of approximately 5.2 million litres
Check Dam and Open Well in Pimpalpada, Dhanoshi
- Population: 250
- The existing check dam was repaired and expanded, increasing the village’s water storage capacity
- The repaired check dam helps ensure the locals’ water needs are met, including their ability to raise cattle and farm Jasmine and Magnolia
- A new open well was constructed for storing more water
Impact on communities
- 325 households
- 1691 people
- 975 cattle
Restoration of 31.06 million litres of water
Let the locals speak
Mahadu Gavit, Villager
Feedback from the project managers
Ramesh Bhoye, Project Supervisor
“With the support of Uponor, we are able to provide relevant structures such as open wells and repair of check dams in these villages. This will definitely help the community, as the availability of water will provide better livelihood opportunities locally and improve the villagers’ lives as well as the future of their children.”
Rahul Ahir, Project Manager
The Raah Foundation aims to improve the lives of India’s villages by redefining and redirecting water usage. The Raah Foundation works with locals and entrusts them with the responsibility of managing water usage and maintaining the structures in the long term. Since it was founded in 2011, the efforts of the Mumbai-based NGO have had a great social impact and ensured water security for 30,000 people.
The Raah Foundation’s work takes on social responsibility, enabling tribal communities to live in their villages without having to migrate to the cities because of water scarcity.
“Making these villages water-secure is the only sustainable way forward. We are honoured by Uponor's support and generosity to change the lives of those affected by water scarcity.”
Dr Sarika Kulkarni (Founder Raah Foundation)