Amritapuri: The Jivamritam project, Mata Amritanandamayi Math’s Rs 100 crore clean water initiative forrural India, was launched by Honourable President of India, Ram Nath Kovind at the Math headquarters in Amritapuri, Kollam, in October of this year. In Alappad, the deployment of the Systems at 9 Karayogams has been completed, benefitting approximately 22000 people in the area.
The initial phase of the project, which aims to install “Jivamritam” filtration systems for cleandrinking water in 5,000 villages throughout the nation, is being completely funded by the MataAmritanandamayi Math. Each Jivamritam System can filter the daily drinking-water needs of upto 400 to 500 five-member families, potentially providing safe and clean drinking water to one crorevillagers. The Jivamritam System was conceptualized and designed by faculty and students ofthe Math’s five-campus university, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham. The Math intends to deployall 5,000 Jivamritam Systems within one year, provided there are timely permissions from local administrations.
The Jivamritam Systems will be a Godsend. According to WaterAid India, approximately 7.6crore people [76 million] in India lack access to clean drinking water, and more than 60,000children, five and under, die each year in India from diarrheal diseases caused by drinkingimpure water and poor sanitation. And according to UNICEF India, 67% of Indian households donot treat their drinking water, even though it could be contaminated with harmful bacteria andchemicals.
“The Jivamritam System avails of a dual sand-and-activated-carbon filter to remove suspendedparticles and turbidity, followed by micron filters of five-micron and one-micron filtration,” saidDr. Maneesha Sudheer, the Jivamritam project head from Amrita. “Each system also includes anultraviolet water-purifier to remove pathogenic contamination, and two storage tanks —2,000-litre-inlet and a 1,000-litre outlet — to keep treated and untreated water separate. Thefiltered-water tanks are integrated with taps to provide drinking water at the location of thesystem itself.”Dr. Maneesha added that the Jivamritam System would be modular. “The water available inevery village is different, and some may have different needs,” she said. “This is the firstmodule, with variations to come as needed.”
The 9 Jivamritam Systems deployed in 9 Karayogams in Alappad will be commissioned by Honourable Minister for Local Administration, Government of Kerala on 3rd January 2018 at 4PM at Kuzhithira Sri Krishna Swami Temple Auditorium in the presence of community leaders and native community.
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