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Team effort brings safe drinking water to a village in India

Key Points

  • Gudipadu Cheruvu in Andhra Pradesh has significantly improved the quality of life for its residents, including women, men, and children, by implementing a new and reliable system for safe water supply.
  • The region had faced severe water scarcity, leading to the physical strain of long treks to distant water sources, primarily undertaken by women and girls. This not only caused health issues but also hindered education, especially for young children at high risk of diarrheal diseases due to poor sanitation.
  • Construction on a sustainable water system, led by Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham and various teams, began in October 2016, resulting in a bore well connected to multiple tanks with a maximum capacity of 18,000 liters. Thirty-five communal taps, facilitated by underground pipelines, now provide safe water closer to people’s homes, making daily life significantly easier and healthier.

A new system for safe water supply means a better way of life for the women, men and children of Gudipadu Cheruvu, Andhra Pradesh.

In the summer of 2014 extreme drought hit the region, and water scarcity meant long treks to taps with heavy loads to carry back. This is a task usually undertaken by women and girls, and often brings long-term body pain issues and missing school. It also means children five and under are at the highest risk of death due to diarrheal diseases caused by poor sanitation.

Construction began on a sustainable water system for the villagers in October 2016. Several teams at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, our university in India, joined hands to complete the work: Amrita SeRVeDepartment of Engineering, CoimbatoreCenter for Wireless Networks and Applications, and Center for International Programs.

Now the village has a borewell that connects to a main tank and then six smaller tanks. The system’s maximum capacity is 18,000 liters. Through a network of underground pipes, there are 35 communal taps which bring safe water close to people’s homes.

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