As we approach World Water Day on March 22, there is no better time to showcase the urgent need for providing safe drinking water for the two billion people around the globe without access to it
Houston, TX (PRWEB) March 19, 2010
Irvine, CA, PRWEB) March 19, 2010 -- WaterHealth International (WHI) today announced that its subsidiary, WaterHealth India (WHIN), was awarded a concession by the Andhra Pradesh (AP), India state government to develop and operate Community Water Systems in five of the state's 23 districts. Through the Build, Own, Operate and Transfer (BOOT) project, WHIN will provide Community Water Systems in at least one village per Mandal (area) in the districts of Medak, Rangareddy, East Godavari, West Godavari and Srikakulam, covering more than 220 mandals. The first four sites, which became operational on March 15, have the capacity to serve safe water to more than 50,000 consumers living near the plants.
"As we approach World Water Day on March 22, there is no better time to showcase the urgent need for providing safe drinking water for the two billion people around the globe without access to it," said Sanjay Bhatnagar, WaterHealth International CEO. "Government leaders such as those in Andhra Pradesh are pursuing viable means of delivering safe water to their constituents in a quick and timely manner. We are proud to be an integral part of their efforts."
This year, under the AP BOOT project, WaterHealth will install more than 220 Centres. Under the terms of the contract, the water purification plants will be managed by WHIN for 10 years, and during that time, the company will operate the plants and supply purified water at a nominal price for village residents. At the end of the 10-year period, the ownership of these plants will be transferred to the local Panchayat (village leadership).
WaterHealth's vision is to play a central role in bringing safe, quality water to the two billion people around the world who do not have it. WaterHealth Centres allow underserved communities rapid access to safe water at an affordable cost, helping solve the global challenge of waterborne diseases. The company has a sustainable business model under which it constructs a WaterHealth Centre and provides long-term operations, maintenance and quality services to communities for a low, initial one-time investment.
The model is scalable, allowing multiple Centres to be constructed, operated and managed at a rapid pace. WaterHealth's decentralized approach, processing water from existing contaminated water sources, has eliminated the need for expensive utilities and large, fresh water resources. WaterHealth Centres are turnkey, full-service, community-owned assets that can deliver World Health Organization (WHO) quality water to thousands of people from a single installation. The company's website is http://www.waterhealth.com.
About WaterHealth India
WaterHealth India Private Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of WaterHealth International Inc. and provides purified water through its WaterHealth Centres. Since 2005, WaterHealth India, a for-profit organization, has focused on understanding the diversity and contaminations types in India and the need for efficient, decentralized water management. WHIN has installed more than 300 systems in India since its entry in the market.