Promoting health though access to clean water
Our planet has enough fresh water for everyone. In spite of this, around 800 million people still don’t have access to clean water. This has major implications. Every day more than 5,000 children around the world die from diseases related to contaminated water. In fact, more people die from dirty water and poor sanitary conditions, than through war and violence.
Bayer promotes the principle that 'Clean water is a human right'. With the objective of increasing access to clean water, Bayer partnered with NGOs in the state of Karnataka to set up Reverse Osmosis (RO) plants for the rural population of over 1000 people in convergence with local governance systems that provided for the necessary project infrastructure.
Initially, the communities demonstrated reluctance to use the RO water. However, numerous awareness sessions and monitoring with villagers has resulted in a marked change in the behavioral pattern of the communities residing in the villages. The average consumption of water has increased manifold per month.
It is a self-sustaining model and the Company plans to install two more water purification plants in the state of Karnataka which has high concentration of fluoride content and one of the major reasons for disabilities in the village.