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Delivering drinking water to village communities

Pictured: one of the water kiosks installed in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

Almost 7,000 villagers in an arid region of India are benefiting from investments to guarantee reliable and low-cost access to drinking water.

Imperial has partnered with a local tobacco leaf supplier to provide three water kiosks in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Each facility is capable of dispensing 500 litres of safe drinking water per hour, with prices set simply to cover the ongoing cost of maintenance.

Many rural communities in the area are chiefly dependent on surface water tanks to meet their domestic and drinking water needs. Where possible, however, kiosks are preferable due to the enhanced quality of the water they provide and because the capacity of water tanks reduces over time due to a build-up of silt.

As part of a related community development project, also enabled with funding from our Leaf Partnerships programme, silt from existing surface water tanks in three villages has been excavated. In turn, the mineral-rich sediment has been spread on neighbouring farmland to improve soil fertility.

Crop yields have improved as a result and further indirect benefits include better livestock health and improved biodiversity, with an increase in bird sightings.