Enabling Solutions to Water quality problems at Scale

Digital platforms and Changemaking networks

This programme has helped reimagine thinking on Water quality at scale and contributed innovative solutions to Capacity Building

Arghyam

Primary focus

Reimagination Water Quality at Scale

Secondary focus

Capacity Building on Water quality at Scale

Duration

April 2018 – Nov 2023

Location

Pan India

Budget

272 Lakhs

Over the course of a 5-year partnership with Arghyam, innovative approaches inspired by Societal Platforms have been harnessed to address the challenge of ensuring drinking water quality in India. With a nationwide scope, the initiative recognized the critical need for capacity building among professionals as a key requirement. As a result, initiatives such as the “Water Quality Management (WQM) course” were developed, along with the creation of online communities comprising 2100 Water Quality Champions spanning the country.

Leveraging platforms like iECHO and collaborating with extensive government programs such as the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM), this partnership has successfully devised and implemented impactful solutions grounded in societal principles. Presently, the focus has shifted towards community empowerment by leveraging large-scale data with emerging technologies, aiming to further enhance the effectiveness of interventions.

Project Goals

Develop an approach to reimagine solutions to Water quality at scale

Design and execute Capacity Building programme on Water quality that are rapidly scalable

Prototype solutions to community empowerment with data on Water quality

Major Outcomes

60 interviewed participants showed that they in turn built capacity of ~12,500 Frontline workers (FLW) in ~5000 villages.

Some of the focal states such as Chattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh within this programme also have demonstrated measurable improvement on Water Quality Monitoring and Surveillance (WQM&S) in the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) programme with 27.4% of 3.2 million field based Water quality tests in 2021-22 from Chattisgarh state and MP moving from 14th to 4th rank nationally on Water quality testing in 2022-23.