Water & Sanitation Initiative for the community
SAFE has shaped two programs for providing safe drinking water to urban slums named WASH-US (Water Sanitation and Hygiene for Urban Slums) and NEWS-UP(Nonconventional Energy in Water and Sanitation for Urban Poor), both provides solar powered water treatment plants delivering 10,000 liters of WHO standard drinking water to the community through automated dispensing units. The integrated model has bio-sanitation components for providing state of the art sanitation facility based on microbial bio-digesters. These units are fed with the refusal water enabling ‘o’ discharge and low water footprint intervention. Both projects would cater to nearly 5000 urban poor and elevate their lifestyle and livelihood by providing essential services, new economic opportunities and inclusive growth. The program has been supported by the World Bank and CSR funding.
WASH-US: Water Sanitation and Hygiene for Urban Slums
Community governance for water sanitation in Kolkata slums: a change delivered by SAFE through the HSBC Water Programme
Objectives: To provide urban poor safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene, using non-conventional, renewable energy.
Target group: urban poor, slum dwellers. The programme impacts the lives of over 14000 receivers of the project facilities surviving at the bottom of economic pyramid and ensures 24X7 supply of drinking water to nearly 2500 slum households.
Innovation: WASH-US, Water, Sanitation & Hygiene in Urban Slums is a unique project completely based on green technology that deals with an integrated community based intervention on water and sanitation issues in urban slums, the facility titled as WASH-US provides a solar run water treatment plant performing on harvested surface water in adjacent water body with a production capacity of 10 thousand litres WHO standard drinking water per day. In urban slums humans thrive in utter unhygienic conditions, problems includes terrible water crisis, open defecation, notable fact is 67% percent suffer from water borne diseases, most vulnerable are women and children.
An innovative HSBC Water Programme funded project – Water Sanitation and Hygiene for Urban Slums (WASH-US) is using ‘water ATMS’ to supply safe water and sanitation to 570 households in the Kalikapur Slum in Kolkata. Partnering with South Asian Forum for Environment (SAFE), solar powered water treatment plants are used to deliver drinking water on a 24×7 basis to the communities. In addition, sanitation units along with bio-gas units have been set up. The biogas units use the refuse from the sanitation units to generate energy which is used for providing mid-day meals to the school children in the slum
This model has been replicated by the World Bank and has been implemented in North East India.
NEWS-UP: Non-conventional Energy in Water Sanitation for Urban Poor
Northeast’s First Community led Solar Project for Water and Sanitation Dedicated to the Urban Poor
Location: (North East) Guwahati and Shillong
Objectives: About 748 million people still do not have access to an improved source of drinking water and 2.5billion do not use an improved sanitation facility and unsurprisingly 85% of this stock survives at the economic bottom-line, for poor water is a drop of fortune for survival. Project objective is to provide safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene, for urban poor.
Target group: Urban poor, slum dwellers. The programme impacts the lives of over 14000 receivers of the project facilities surviving at the bottom of economic pyramid and ensures 24X7 supply of drinking water to nearly 2500 slum households.
Innovation: The project is implemented by SAFE under the aegis of World Bank Development Marketplace and is completely dedicated to the community. Using 8 KVA solar powered water treatment plant that daily dispenses up to 10,000 Liters of safe WHO standard drinking water to 1200 plus households breathing below poverty line. This innovative project showcases complete community governance for 24X7 equitable distribution of water through ‘Water ATMs’ and assure complete hygiene with ‘state-of-art bio-sanitation units’ in the slum with the rebuff water from water treatment plant. The facility generates community biogas and organic manures from the refusals of bio-toilets as a revenue linked sustainable model for a climate adaptive city. The NEWS Hub is based on a revenue-generating model and is managed by a women-led Joint Liability Group. In the inner retail chain beneficiary households receive the first 10 liters of water free, after which they can buy water for USD 0.0077 per liter. In the outer retail chain the drinking water is sold commercially to city dwellers at USD 0.0115 per liter. At present the water share of inner and outer retail chains is 50:50.