Water is life. It is a basic human right. Millions of people in rural India do not have access to safe drinking water. More than 80% of the rural communities in Andhra Pradesh depend upon the ground water as the main source for drinking water. Drastic depletion of the ground water table has not only made water less accessible but has also severely reduced its quality. Serpentine queues at the limited water sources and women walking long distances to collect pot loads of water for their daily consumption, from farm wells or rivers, is a common sight which entails enormous amount of time and energy, often leading to conflicts in the village.
A large number of people suffer from different types of water borne diseases due to the high concentration of fluoride and other contaminants present in the water they consume. Dental and skeletal fluorosis leads to the deterioration of health which gradually disables them from working for their livelihood. To address these issues effectively, Bala Vikasa implemented the following three projects in collaboration with implementing partner NGOs and with the participation and support of the local communities.