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Grundfos Foundation brings water to 100 villages in India

To install solar pumps across Orissa, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh

December 1, 2014, New Delhi, India: The Grundfos Foundation, Grundfos India and Sunlit Future are entering the first phase of an ambitious project to bring clean water to 100 villages in rural India. The first phase will deliver water to 12,400 people in 28 villages in Orissa, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.

Given that in India, over 700,000 villages do not have access to water, an off-grid, self-sustaining solar pumping solution is the quickest way to provide water to millions. The Grundfos Foundation has agreed to co-sponsor the construction of the first 28 of 100 solar-powered pumping systems in 100 villages.

“We understand the plight of many women and girls in rural India who have to carry up to 20 litres of water two to three times a day. We are happy to bring some respite to these women and the 100 villages through this project. We think it is going to make a tremendous difference in a lot of people’s lives”, said Christian Hartvig, Executive Director of the Grundfos Foundation.

Grundfos India delivers sustainable pumping solutions

The solar-powered pumping systems with Grundfos’ SQ Flex pumps will ensure a stable water supply for each village. The SQ Flex pump motor is constructed especially for energy sources with varying voltage, such as solar energy or wind power. Furthermore, the pumps are extremely energy efficient and long-lasting.

Grundfos India already has thousands of solar pump installations across Maharashtra, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. Through these solar pump solutions, Grundfos India has helped create a positive impact on the socio-economic lives of thousands of people in rural India.

Project partners ensure technical skill and local buy-in

Grundfos India and Sunlit Future (an Auroville-based company) have been working together for the last 10 years. Sunlit Future is an expert in delivering sustainable energy solutions and has been working in the solar energy space for 12 years, bringing high quality renewable energy solutions to both rural and urban India.

Sunlit Future in partnership with three local Indian NGOs – Gram Vikas, Pragati Pratishthan and Haritika – will work locally to ensure that the communities are organised and educated to take care of the installations in the future.

“Bringing safe drinking water closer to the homes will lead to improved health and hygiene, quality of life and dignity for the women  who have to hand carry heavy loads of water over long distances every day. The saving of time and energy will give a chance for earning more incomes or a livelihood, improving education for children, reduce health costs, and better families leading to healthier communities and societies in the long run” said Rishi Kapoor, Executive, Sunlit Future.

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