More than 10,000 people in Bhagalpur and Buxar districts of Bihar have been given access to life-saving clean, drinking water through Water for Life campaign.
WD News: Halma has teamed up with WaterAid to tackle the issue of safe drinking water in one of the arsenic belts, which is heavily contaminated by poisonous levels of arsenic, putting people’s health at risk.
“With the support from Halma over the last two years, we provided access to safe, adequate and assured water to thousands of people in Bhagalpur and Buxar,” said VK Madhavan, Chief Executive, WaterAid India.
The two organisations joined forces to raise funds and lend their expertise to provide:
• The supply of over 18,000 water quality tests
• Installation of new water filter systems in 70 schools and healthcare facilities
• Over 7,000 people safe water during floods
• Training of 1,800 local volunteers to become community water testers
Palintest, a Halma company, donated its portable test kits to support the campaign. Its Wagtech Potalab kits enabled nearly 50 drinking water sources to be tested for several dangerous contaminants in Bhagalpur and Buxar districts. It also sent 18,000 individual arsenic tests, ensuring that families in the affected villages and surrounding region can now be kept safe from arsenic contaminated water.
“It has been overwhelming to see how technologies, such as specialised testing kits, can help raise awareness of water quality issues and make a lasting impact,” said Prasenjit Datta, Managing Director, Halma India.
“We see a marked difference on people’s livelihoods now they have clean water. By equipping members of local communities with skills, technology and expertise, they can focus on taking care of their families and making a living,” said Shaurya Sheoran, Product Manager, Palintest.
Source & image courtesy: Halma India