"Civil Society Voices, Vulnerable Communities and Localised Platform for Addressing Water Quality Challenges"

Overview and Objectives

India faces several drinking water crisis whereas Arsenic and Fluoride are the two major water quality challenges in India threatening 100 million people as a whole in more than 20 states. Diseases such as Arsenicosis and Fluorosis are causing severe bone deformities, disabilities, cancer, and skin diseases, apart from numerous nutritional deficiencies such as anaemia, stunting in children, mental retardation and pregnancy problems in women. According to an estimate 18.8% of India’s total populations are drinking arsenic contaminated water every day. The two water quality networks Arsenic Knowledge and Action Network secretariat by SaciWATERs and Fluoride Knowledge and Action Network secretariat by INREM Foundation are involved in a European Union supported initiatives which aim to leverage the Water Quality Networks for effectively connecting the needs of the most vulnerable and at risk water quality affected rural populations to the National Water Quality Mission(NWQM) and related programs for enabling basic human right of access to safe drinking water and health. In continuation and legacy of the earlier works, SaciWATERs has been carrying out the arsenic related works in Assam (Jorhat and Nalbari District) and Bihar (Buxar and Bhagalpur District) however INREM foundation has been working in fluoride affected areas of Rajasthan (Dungarpur District), Karnataka(Chikballapur District), Telangana (Nalgonda District) and Odisha (Balasore District).

The project specially aims at establishing District level people centric platform and empowers and strengthens the capacity of them at the district level for addressing the safe water needs of vulnerable community. The district platform also emphasizes to bridge the gap between community level water quality challenges and would enable the convergence between different government and non government stakeholders along with ensuring the local citizen’s involvement is maximized. It will emphasize on sustainable solutions that are ecologically sound and address the most marginalized people. Broadly, the initiative in Bihar and Assam would cater to around 600 habitations which will in turn lead to different models for improving access to safe drinking water which then can be scaled up within the respective districts and beyond too.

Duration and Funding

The duration of the project is for four years (2018-22) with the funding support from European Union.

Any Additional Links / Information


Arsenic Knowledge and Action Network

SaciWATERs has been instrumental in building The Arsenic Knowledge and Action Network (AKAN), which since 2013, has been engaged at multiple levels through partnerships and collaborations for addressing the issues of arsenic contamination in water and related health issues in India

Opportunities for Co-Funding and visibility with EU

Saciwaters is looking to partner with organisations whose interests can be aligned with the larger objectives of the project to take forward joint work on arsenic issue in India. If you are interested in building a partnership with us, please contact us

Project Area

Project Team

Jane

Suchita Jain
Associate Fellow- GIS

Jane

Asif Shahab
Associate Fellow
Policy & Advocacy

Jane

B Prithvi Ram
Associate Fellow
Arsenic Mitigation

Jane

Vidya R
Consultant

Sumanjita Barman
District Coordinator
NALBARI, ASSAM

Atikur Jamanl
Field Coordinator
NALBARI, ASSAM

Surajit Deka
Field Coordinator
NALBARI, ASSAM

Narayan Gowala
District Coordinator
JORHAT, ASSAM

John

Dulal Kalita
Field Coordinator
JORHAT, ASSAM

Monikankana Borah
Field Coordinator
JORHAT, ASSAM

Gautam Anand
District Coordinator
BUXAR, BIHAR

Praveen Kumar
Field Coordinator
BUXAR, BIHAR

Rubi Raj
Field Coordinator
BUXAR, BIHAR

Kumar Gautam
District Coordinator
BHAGALPUR, BIHAR

Anjali Gautam
Field Coordinator
BHAGALPUR, BIHAR

Resources

Outreach

Image placeholder (21st June, 2019) Churamoni Saikia and Jorhat district team participated in an awareness program organised by 3rd Assam Police Battalion, Jorhat, Assam
Image placeholder (11th and 12th June, 2019) Churamoni Saikia & Vidya Ramesh, participated in a workshop about “Facilitating water quality solutions at scale”, INREM Foundation, Anand, Gujrat.
Image placeholder (20th -22nd February, 2019) Churamoni Saikia, attended the training workshop on ‘Biosand Filter Technology’, S M Sehgal Foundation and CAWST, NIRDPR, Hyderabad, Telangana.
Image placeholder (26th November, 2018) Churamoni Saikia, presented SaciWATERs on going initiatives on the Brahmaputra river basin at “CSO meet for the Brahmaputra river basin”, IIT-Guwahati, Assam.

Project Highlights

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Secunderabad - 500 094,
Telangana, India
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Themes

  • Water Policy & Governance
  • Periurban Water Security
  • Climate Change and Water
  • Water and Gender
  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • Water Quality

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