First Step towards Access of Safe Water

By auther pic. Piramal Sarvajal

April 2, 2020

First Step towards Access of Safe Water

Jal jeevan kendra

Kotra is an interiorvillage inBeawar tehsil of Ajmer district, Rajasthan,witha population of 1483 and 294 houses. The majority of their livelihood comes from labour work and agriculture. The groundwater of the village contained 1240 ppm TDS (Source: Baseline Report)and Government water supply (every two days with irregular timings) were the only source of drinking water.


Community has religious sentiments inclined towards water

A baseline survey was conducted by the Impact Assessment team of Sarvajal that threw up many important stats. It showed 94% of the surveyed households were highly dissatisfied with the quality of drinking water and lack of access to safe drinking water. This challengewas addressed by IndusInd Bank under Hinduja Foundation’s flagship programJal Jeevan project. Adopted Kotravillage with Piramal Sarvajal, a social enterprise working specifically towards safe, accessible and affordable drinking water by leveraging technology. In all, IndusInd Bank has adopted 35 villages in 5 districts of UP and Rajasthan by setting up community-level purification plants with Water ATM.

Apart from the installation of the machine, Piramal Sarvajal’s team engages with the community every month to encourage them to adopt better health solutions. Spreading awareness about health and water linkages along with different types of contamination that affect health. While interacting with our consumers, most of them expressed satisfaction with  the quality of Sarvajal water. They are comfortable using the card facility as it is flexible to for anyone in the family to use. Out of 294, 74 households have been consistently using safe drinking water facility as they felt improvement in health and quality of life overall. Water is precious and people of this village are sensitive to it.

Sarvajal Enterprise Management System showing the data ranging between 400-450 litres dispense on daily basis during summers)Average production per day shows 250 litres

Source: Baseline report



1: Bheru Das “Ye paani peene ke baad lagta hai hum pure paani pee rahe hai. Mere ghar wale aur mai khud bhi santushth hu”

2: Naarthi Devi “Sarvajal ke dwara ab kaafi asaan ho gaya hai paani lena. Mere bacche bhi jaate hai paani lene aur card ki suvidh abhi unko acchi lagti hai”

3: “Tanki ka paani kabhi kabhi ganda bhi lagta hai toh mann nahi karta lene ka”- Gaon ke bacche

4: Wheat, Makki and Chana are agriculture commodities grow in Kotra


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Piramal Sarvajal, seeded by the Piramal Foundation in 2008, is a mission driven social enterprise which designs and deploys innovative solutions for creating affordable access to safe drinking water in underserved areas.


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