Aim

Every year millions of people and children lose their lives only because they don’t have access to that one thing which is essential for survival on this planet- CLEAN DRINKING WATER.

Boond is an initiative by SSRDP which aims at providing rural India access to clean and potable drinking water.

Did you Know..?

• Of the 1.42 million villages in India, 1, 95,813 are affected by chemical contamination of water.
• 37.7 million people–over 75% of who are children are afflicted by waterborne diseases every year.
• Nearly 66 million people in 20 states are at risk because of the excessive fluoride in water.
• More than one third of the water available in rural India is not potable.

Our Approch

With SSRDP’s presence in over 50,000 villages across India, Boond provides various options for clean drinking water by

  • Setting up water purification pyramids
  • Aqua packs and water distillation units.
  • TERAFIL™Water Filters
  • Bio Sand Community Filtration

Key Indicators

Provided safe drinking water

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individuals by setting up 4 community water filters and making 78 bore-wells.

Distributed Terafil & Individual Biosand Filters

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in the states of Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Jharkhand & Odisha.

Set up Community RO and Bio Sand Filters

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in Karnataka & West Bengal.

At The Art of Living International Centre

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liters of rain water is collected and diverted to tank.

Aqua packs-Solar Water Pasteurization

All dangerous water-borne pathogens (bacteria, viruses, and parasites) can be killed at a temperature of approximately 65 0C (well below the boiling temperature of 100 0C). 

Working on the same principle, Aqua Packs produces safe drinking water using only solar thermal energy. They reduce biological and viral pathogens by 99.99 % in natural fresh water sources.

The temperature of 3 liters of water increases to 65 0C in about two hours. A Water Pasteurization Indicator (WAPI) lets the user know when the pasteurization process is completed.

These Aqua Packs are Reusable for up to one year and are tested by the U.S. DOE – National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Aqua packs require no maintenance or trained professionals. They can be distributed not only to remote villages but can also be used as emergency water purifiers for post disaster relief work.

TERAFIL™Water Filters

TERAFIL™Water Filter is a low cost device to filter impure water into clean drinking water. The filter is developed to cater the needs for clean drinking water, especially when the water is rich in sediments, suspended particles, iron and certain microorganisms causing water borne diseases. It is most suitable for areas where water from both surface and ground water sources like dug wells, ponds, tube wells and rivers, is used for drinking purpose.

Technology-

TERAFIL™ is a burnt red clay porous media used for filtration and treatment of raw water into clean drinking water. It is produced from a mixture of red clay (silt clay), river sand and wood saw dust, without using chemicals. The dough of the mixture of these materials is sintered at high temperature in a low cost coal/wood fired furnace to make the terracotta disc porous. During sintering process, the wood particles are burnt and clay particles are sintered around the sand particles leaving elliptical/circular large size pores in between.

BIO SAND COMMUNITY FILTRATION

The system is capable of treating the following parameters:

  • Removal of turbidity of value greater than 30 NTU to lesser than 10 NTU.
  • Removal of coliform bacteria of varying between 25-100 MPN per 100 ml to nil.
  • Reduces excessive Iron to permissible limit of 0.3 mg /l.
  • Apart from this, the system also improves the taste of the water and removes odours.

Advantages of the Filter-

  • A community level water treatment system
  • Can provide 2000-3000 litres of safe water per day
  • Requires neither chemicals nor electricity to run, so may be installed in any site in rural, urban, semi-urban or remote areas
  • Cost effective
  • Maintenance on yearly basis only
  • Filter can be maintained by the members of the community thus creating livelihood options
  • Purifies raw water from various sources as surface water, ground water, municipal supply water
  • Simple to install and operate
  • Very durable with life of 15 years

Filter can be easily assembled with locally available material like sand, pebbles and water tank. Fitting material can be easily transported, if not available locally.

Rain Water Harvesting

Water shortage is the most dangerous outcome of environment degradation. Art of Living has responded to this crisis by training thousands of villagers to take up water-harvesting projects in their communities. Apart from conserving water for use during the dry period, the initiative also reduces the possibility of flash floods.

In the absence of any harvesting mechanism, excess rain water from the monsoon flows away and hence farmers are forced to turn to groundwater sources for irrigation and other purposes during dry days. This amplifies the use of groundwater supplies and lowers the water table drastically.

Several villages in India where SSRDP works have indigenous mechanisms for rain water harvesting, thus creating a grassroots model for environment sustainability. Using this mechanism, SSRDP turned Kapsi, a drought-prone village in Maharashtra, India into having a water surplus. Similarly, it is also engaged in restoring indigenous water supply mechanisms in rural India by harnessing village ponds, etc.

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