The Bihar is always in highlight because of the grave water situation in the context of the emerging water quality and quantity issues, by seeing this cost-effective innovative water project will soon provide the cheapest drinking water in the world.
The project is named as “Sulabh Jal”, which was launched in Darbhanga by Sulabh International. An organization that introduced the concept of ‘Sulabh Sauchalya’ in the country. It will convert contaminated pond water into safe drinking water. The foundation stone for an innovative project which will provide the cheapest drinking water in the world costing only 50 Paisa per liter,” said Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak, founder of Sulabh International.
Installation of the project would cost around Rs 20 lakh and it would have a capacity to produce 8,000 liters of potable water per day at a nominal cost. The ambitious project will cost around Rs 20 lakh. The project will be self-sustainable, said Pathak, and local people and NGOs will maintain it. The project will generate employment, and require the active participation of the community, he added.
The pilot project in three districts of North 24 Parganas, Murshidabad and Nadia in West Bengal had been jointly established three years ago by Sulabh and a French organization and the trial run proved successful.
“This is the first time in the world that we have succeeded in producing pure drinking water at a very nominal cost using this new technology and villagers would directly benefit from it,” said Pathak. Darbhanga MLA Sanjay Saraogi, as well as District Magistrate Chandrasekhar Prasad Singh, were also present here at the time of occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Pathak said, “We have succeeded in producing pure drinking water at a very nominal cost by this new technology, which has not yet been introduced anywhere in the world. Villagers may get a direct benefit out the project.”
This project may be turn out to be very beneficial for the people, as the Groundwater in many districts of northern parts of Bihar bordering Nepal is severely affected by arsenic and other chemicals.
“In course of periodic medical checkup of a group of patients suffering from arsenic-related diseases, it was revealed that this water purification system has become a boon for them (villagers),” said Dr. Pathak. Many villagers living in these areas were forced to migrate to other places due to the contaminated water. After the installation of the water purification system, the situation has considerably changed.