New Delhi: Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) today said it has inaugurated its fourth drinking water project at Bas Hariya village, Manesar. The water ATM set up by the car maker has a capacity to generate 1,000 litres of purified water per hour. “With this fourth community drinking water plant in Manesar, the company will be generating and supplying a total of 96,000 litres of pure drinking water, benefiting over 7,000 households,” MSI said in a regulatory filing. Earlier, the company had set up three water ATMs in Kasan, Dhana and Bus Khusla villages of Manesar.
“A study of community needs showed pure drinking water as a gap. So, we decided to set up public sources of safe drinking water, which are convenient, affordable and self sustaining,” MSI Head CSR, Ranjit Singh said. MSI has borne the initial cost of the project while the Bus Hariya village panchayat will own the project and provide water and electricity to run the water ATM. Waterlife India will operate and maintain the plant for a period of 10 years and would also sell water at a nominal rate of 35 paise per litre.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Ranjit Singh, Head CSR, Maruti Suzuki India said, “With growing industrialisation, these neighbourhood villages have seen a sudden rise in the population, however, the basic infrastructure support, especially in water and sanitation, remains a big challenge. A study of community needs showed pure drinking water as a gap. So, we decided to set up public sources of safe drinking water, which are convenient, affordable and self-sustaining. We are happy that Waterlife India partnered us in setting up these facilities. Their robust technology includes 10 stage water filtration with minimal water rejection while keeping the cost nominal.”
He further added, “I would also like to thank the village Panchayat for their trust in us. Our projects are successful because of the support extended by them. We share the common vision of providing safe and pure drinking water to the residents of these villages. This collective effort will bring down water-borne diseases and pave the way for a healthy living.”