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Tata Steel Foundation – Safe Drinking Water Initiatives Benefit more than 20,000 Villagers

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Guided by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #6, ‘Ensure Availability and Sustainable Management of Water and Sanitation for All,’ Tata Steel Foundation’s (TSF) commitment to ensuring clean and safe drinking water is reshaping lives in rural communities surrounding the Tata Steel Meramandali plant in Narendrapur, Dhenkanal. 

This comprises the installation of a solar-powered drinking water project in eleven peripheral villages served by the Gram Panchayats of Kusupanga, Nuagaon, Sibapur, and Nuahata. Residents of these villages have benefited greatly from this one-of-a-kind sustainable drinking water initiative. Aside from that, the delivery of 19 water purifiers to surrounding schools in Odapada Block, as well as seven to other public institutions, has benefited the students and staff of the schools and other institutions.  

In Kusupanga village, a deep borewell with a submersible pump and a 500-metre pipeline link have also been erected. 

Mami Palei of Brahmana Purunakote expressed her joy, saying, “Previously, we had to walk around one kilometer to get water.” In addition, the community tube well was not working properly. This is a huge benefit to the women of the village, as getting water has always been a key task.” 

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“We used to have trouble getting drinking water during the peak summer season,” said Mamata Rout of Joragadia village. We now have enough of water at our doorstep thanks to the completion of the solar drinking water project. I’m also relieved that we won’t have to pay any electrical charges for our water. This promotes clean, green energy.” 

In addition, 122 tube wells have been built in nine surrounding panchayats of Odapada, Banarpal, and Hindol blocks, increasing access to safe drinking water. The annual maintenance for two reverse osmosis water processing units in Kharagprasad, each with a capacity of 2,000 LPH, has also been completed.