-Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam's (11th President of India) vision for a globally competitive India by 2020
Clean drinking water is fundamental to life and a social asset necessary to lead a dignified human life. Still, a major part of the Indian population lives in abject poverty with unacceptable standards of water supply and quality, not being able to get their daily drinking water requirement of 4 litres a day. As a result, India is rapidly becoming a focal point of the issues related to the availability of clean and safe drinking water.
Often primarily responsible for collecting water for their households, women lose out on work and family and their personal health. The consequences of unsafe water are felt disproportionately by poor women as compared to men.
The family’s water collection duties take a toll on the daily lives of school-going children, taking time away from study and play.
The lack of access to clean drinking water leads to diseases, stunted growth, and infant mortality. The Indian economy bears a huge annual cost of ₹ 26000 crore due to water-borne diseases.