Project details
1078 ยท Clean drinking water
  • Odisha, India
Clean drinking water, where it is not a given

In India, more than two million children die from cholera or typhoid fever each year. Such diseases are spread mainly through drinking water. But only 32 percent of households in India have access to treated water. Many of them have to make do with boiling their water over an open fire. In turn, the smoke resulting from this causes diseases in the respiratory tract or eye infections. Due to the high consumption of firewood, the region is increasingly being deforested.

A simple and affordable supply of safe drinking water can do a lot here. That is why this project organises the chemical treatment of water using chlorine. The chloride solution is made on site, and the water is conveniently available in small village shops or delivered to people's homes.

How does technology for clean drinking water help fight global warming?Two billion people in the world have no access to clean drinking water. Many families have to boil their drinking water over an open fire, resulting in CO2 emissions and deforestation. Where water can be cleaned chemically (e.g. with chlorine) or mechanically (with filters), or where groundwater can be provided from wells, these CO2 emissions can be avoided.
Contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Good Health and Well-BeingThe project helps reduce diseases related to unsafe drinking water and air pollution from boiling the water over an open fire.
Clean Water and SanitationWide access to clean, safe drinking water in poor regions of India where drinking water is not a given.
Responsible Consumption and ProductionBy reducing the need for firewood, the deforestation of 17,001 tonnes of wood is avoided each year, thus protecting local forests.
Climate ActionThe project avoids 25,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions from burning firewood per year. Forests are spared and their function as a carbon sink is maintained.
Project standardGold Standard VER (GS VER)TechnologyClean drinking waterRegionOdisha, IndiaEstimated annual emission reductions25,000 t CO2Validated byGold Standard