~First WaterHealth Center and water ATM inaugurated at MCD Colony, Azadpur, Delhi
~Project part of a plan to install largest decentralized footprint of water plants under PPP in Delhi
~Installations to provide safe and purified drinking water to underserved communities at an affordable price
October 5, 2017, Delhi: As a part of its flagship CSR intervention ‘Livelihood and Water Security’, YES BANK has partnered with Jaldhaara Foundation, WaterHealth India (WHIN) and Delhi Jal Board (DJB) to install 7 WaterHealth Centers (WHCs) and over 10 Water Dispensation Units (WDUs), popularly known as water ATMs, in and around the Jhuggi Jhopri (JJ) clusters of Delhi. These decentralised purification units will provide safe and clean drinking water to the underserved communities at an affordable price. YES BANK’s ‘Livelihood and Water Security’ intervention (since inception in 2014) has provided access to safe and clean drinking water to more than 50 million beneficiaries.
From L-R, Dr. Johnny Hon, Founder Group of Companies, Rinki Dhingra, Senior President and National Head, Government Banking, YES BANK, Arjan Bajwa, Actor, Ramanand B, Director – Jaldhaara Foundation, Manav Gupta, Designer and Artist, Jacqueline Lundquist, Chief Serendipity Officer, WaterHealth International (WHI)
The first of these WHCs and WDUs was inaugurated by Ms. Rinki Dhingra, Senior President and National Head, Government Banking, YES BANK, Mr. Ramanand B, Director – Jaldhaara Foundation and Ms. Jacqueline Lundquist, Chief Serendipity Officer, WaterHealth International (WHI), at MCD Colony, Azadpur and is expected to benefit over 100,000 residents across these seven (7) communities.
Under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Delhi Jal Board provides infrastructural support i.e. land, water source and electricity connection for setting up the WHCs and WDUs and WHIN installs and operates the plants (WHCs) and kiosks (WDUs) in the designated areas of Delhi. The project is a CSR initiative of YES BANK which is implemented on ground by Jaldhaara Foundation.
Sharing her thoughts on the occasion, Namita Vikas, Group President & Global Head, Climate Strategy & Responsible Banking, YES Bank, said, “As part of its thrust towards achieving global sustainable development goals, YES BANK has committed to provide access to safe, clean and affordable drinking water to 100 million people by the year 2020. This initiative between DJB, Jaldhaara Foundation, WHIN and YES BANK is an important step towards achieving that target, and highlighting how a joint effort between the government, corporates and the social sector can help create positive socio-economic impact.”
From L-R Jacqueline Lundquist, Chief Serendipity Officer, WaterHealth International (WHI); Rinki Dhingra, Senior President and National Head, Government Banking, YES BANK,
“This partnership is an opportunity for Jaldhaara Foundation (JF) to celebrate and reaffirm our commitment to working together with Yes Bank on its larger goal of Livelihood and Water Security. This tie-up will ensure safe, clean and affordable drinking water to the marginalized communities in the Jhuggi Jhopri clusters of Delhi thereby reducing waterborne diseases while also improving sanitation and hygiene. Jaldhaara Foundation’s social awareness activities in the targeted areas will assist behavioural change and create long term health, social and economic impact at the Bottom of the Pyramid (BoP).” said Mr. B. Ramanand – Director, Jaldhaara Foundation.
Speaking on the occasion, Jacqueline Lundquist, Chief Serendipity Officer, WaterHealth International (WHI) said, “WaterHealth in association with DJB will be installing the largest footprint of decentralized water purification plants under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) model in Delhi. This partnership with YES Bank will help the Company to set up the network of WaterHealth Centres (WHCs) in the Western region of the National Capital; this partnership will also be instrumental in bringing WHIN closer to achieving its mission of providing safe and affordable drinking water to over 100 million people by 2020.”
WaterHealth is the next generation water ‘micro-utility’, that purifies local water sources to WHO-quality drinking water standards. The Company installs, operates, maintains and monitors quality and dispenses purified drinking water through decentralized community water (purification) systems called WaterHealth Centers (WHCs).
A Water Dispensation Unit (WDU) is a ‘small footprint’ stand-alone water dispensation kiosk that can be installed in high footfall locations thereby extending the ‘safe water’ coverage area in the community. The unit comprises of a water storage tank, dispensing pump, dispensing tap, dispensing controller and a power system. The input water undergoes six (6) stages of purification in a WHC including reverse osmosis (RO) and ultraviolet (UV) disinfection and the treated water meets the stringent IS 10500 and World Health Organization (WHO) standards.
About WaterHealth India
WaterHealth India (WHIN), a wholly owned subsidiary of WaterHealth International (WHI), provides scalable, safe drinking water solutions to underserved areas in India through advanced technology and innovative business models. WHI is headquartered in Irvine, California, USA and runs operations worldwide including Ghana, Nigeria and India. WHIN started operations in India in 2006 with a vision to provide safe, scalable and affordable drinking water to the underserved communities across the country. WHIN has successfully launched over 500 WaterHealth Centers across India. Studies have shown that WHCs have positively affected lives of households consuming WHIN’s brand i.e. “dr. water” by reducing morbidity and drudgery (time spent mainly by women and children in fetching water) and increasing the number of workdays (earlier lost to sickness or in fetching water from distant sources), annual income and savings.
About Jaldhaara Foundation
Jaldhaara Foundation is a Section 8 organization that designs and implements social programs to transform water and hygiene practices in underserved communities across India. Jaldhaara Foundation intends to bring behavioral change by transforming daily habits such as - drinking water habits, hand wash practices etc. to improve the overall health conditions of the communities.
Jaldhaara, which has been operational since 2011, strives to build preferences for the consumption of safe water and the implementation of hygienic practices within the communities that do not have access to information about the health risks associated with unhygienic or unhealthy routine practices. Jaldhaara firmly believes that women play an integral role in the development of both the family and the community and therefore Jaldhaara targets women and children as “change agents” in this entire process.
About YES BANK
YES BANK, India’s fourth largest private sector bank is a high quality, customer centric and service driven Bank. Since inception in 2004, YES BANK has grown into a ‘Full Service Commercial Bank’ providing a complete range of products, services and technology driven digital offerings, catering to corporate, MSME & retail customers. YES BANK operates its Investment banking, Merchant banking & Brokerage businesses through YES SECURITIES and its Mutual Fund business through YES Asset Management (India) Limited, both wholly owned subsidiaries of the Bank. Headquartered in Mumbai, it has a pan-India presence across all 28 states and 9 Union Territories in India including an IBU at GIFT City, and a Representative Office in Abu Dhabi.
For more information, please visit the Bank’s website at http://www.yesbank.in/