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The Naandi Foundation: Reverse Osmosis in Rural India
The Naandi Foundation says that about 31% of India’s rural population do not have access to a protected, clean water source. Through Naandi’s efforts developing fee-based community drinking water programs they hope to change those statistics, bringing 27 million people safe water by 2012.

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The Naandi Foundation’s three-step strategy utilizes careful field research, a cutting edge reverse osmosis purification technology, and financing that is repaid by community user fees. It invests in community-based safe drinking water systems through a “tripartite agreement” among the village council, technology provider and the Foundation.

First, a Naandi representative conducts an extensive education campaign about the risks of continuing to use untreated water and the benefits of a community-owned solution.

Naandi also serves as a bridge between communities and the technology provider, Tata Projects Ltd, [...] Tata installs an advanced, low maintenance reverse osmosis purification system that is suitable for Indian rural conditions. Naandi helps villages structure the initial financing and repayment system. Community members purchase safe water for a small cost of ¢0.25 per liter.

Currently Naandi has 150 clean water kiosks built, and a further 200 are under construction. When all of these are completed they will serve about 1.75 million people. Though not mentioned in the Changemakers literature, Faeth says that one of Naandi’s next goals is to modify the reverse osmosis systems so they can fit on the back of truck and be moved to where needed most.

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