New Delhi: As a part of its flagship CSR intervention ‘Livelihood and Water Security’, YES BANK has partnered with Jaldhaara Foundation, WaterHealth India (WHIN) and Delhi Jal Board (DJB) to install 7 WaterHealth Centers (WHCs) and over 10 Water Dispensation Units (WDUs), popularly known as water ATMs, in and around the Jhuggi Jhopri (JJ) clusters of Delhi. These decentralised purification units will provide safe and clean drinking water to the underserved communities at an affordable price. YES BANK’s ‘Livelihood and Water Security’ intervention (since inception in 2014) has provided access to safe and clean drinking water to more than 50 million beneficiaries.
The first of these WHCs and WDUs was inaugurated by Ms Rinki Dhingra, Senior President and National Head, Government Banking, YES BANK, Mr. Ramanand B, Director – Jaldhaara Foundation and Ms. Jacqueline Lundquist, Chief Serendipity Officer, WaterHealth International (WHI), at MCD Colony, Azadpur and is expected to benefit over 100,000 residents across these seven (7) communities.
Under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Delhi Jal Board provides infrastructural support i.e. land, water source and electricity connection for setting up the WHCs and WDUs and WHIN installs and operates the plants (WHCs) and kiosks (WDUs) in the designated areas of Delhi. The project is a CSR initiative of YES BANK which is implemented on ground by Jaldhaara Foundation.
Sharing her thoughts on the occasion, Namita Vikas, Group President & Global Head, Climate Strategy & Responsible Banking, YES Bank, said, “As part of its thrust towards achieving global sustainable development goals, YES BANK has committed to provide access to safe, clean and affordable drinking water to 100 million people by the year 2020. This initiative between DJB, Jaldhaara Foundation, WHIN and YES BANK is an important step towards achieving that target, and highlighting how a joint effort between the government, corporates and the social sector can help create positive socio-economic impact.”
“This partnership is an opportunity for Jaldhaara Foundation (JF) to celebrate and reaffirm our commitment to working together with Yes Bank on its larger goal of Livelihood and Water Security. This tie-up will ensure safe, clean and affordable drinking water to the marginalized communities in the Jhuggi Jhopri clusters of Delhi thereby reducing waterborne diseases while also improving sanitation and hygiene. Jaldhaara Foundation’s social awareness activities in the targeted areas will assist behavioural change and create long term health, social and economic impact at the Bottom of the Pyramid (BoP).” said Mr. B. Ramanand – Director, Jaldhaara Foundation.
Speaking on the occasion, Jacqueline Lundquist, Chief Serendipity Officer, WaterHealth International (WHI) said, “WaterHealth in association with DJB will be installing the largest footprint of decentralized water purification plants under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) model in Delhi. This partnership with YES Bank will help the Company to set up the network of WaterHealth Centres (WHCs) in the Western region of the National Capital; this partnership will also be instrumental in bringing WHIN closer to achieving its mission of providing safe and affordable drinking water to over 100 million people by 2020.”
WaterHealth is the next generation water ‘micro-utility’, that purifies local water sources to WHO-quality drinking water standards. The Company installs, operates, maintains and monitors quality and dispenses purified drinking water through decentralized community water (purification) systems called WaterHealth Centers (WHCs).
A Water Dispensation Unit (WDU) is a ‘small footprint’ stand-alone water dispensation kiosk that can be installed in high footfall locations thereby extending the ‘safe water’ coverage area in the community.
The unit comprises of a water storage tank, dispensing pump, dispensing tap, dispensing controller and a power system. The input water undergoes six (6) stages of purification in a WHC including reverse osmosis (RO) and ultraviolet (UV) disinfection and the treated water meets the stringent IS 10500 and World Health Organization (WHO) standards.