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Taps

Pujya Swamiji and the Hon'ble Governor of Uttarakhand Dr. Aziz Qureshiji drinking fresh water from WaterLife filters at Kumbh

Pujya Swamiji and the Hon’ble Governor of Uttarakhand Dr. Aziz Qureshiji drinking fresh water from Waterlife filters at Kumbh

Access to clean and safe drinking water is a basic human right. Yet, in India alone, thousands of children die, and many more are sickened, by waterborne diseases such as typhoid, dysentery and cholera. Hundreds of villages along the banks of Ganga have no access to fresh, clean, safe drinking water. Adding to the problem are contaminated and shrinking groundwater tables alongside untamed pollution in the Ganga. Thus, “taps” does not only represent installing points for people to access clean drinking water, but also protecting our water bodies and promoting and using alternative water technologies.

What GAP is Doing

  • Working to provide taps to the rural poor, as well as water filtration systems
  • Installing taps for clean water in all toilet blocks that GAP builds
  • Educating the public about water conservation and advocating for proper water management, both in personal use and in farming practices, so that there is enough clean water for everyone
  • Promoting and implementing alternative water technologies which do not drain our rivers, including protecting and restoring natural groundwater stores, lakes and other water bodies, creating groundwater stores, rainwater conservation, alternative methods of agriculture which are less water-intensive, reusing treated wastewater for agricultural purposes instead of siphoning off water from the rivers, and more.

 

Timeline

11-14 March, 2013

In a historic agreement between the Ministry of Water Resources and the Ministry of Environment, mediated by Pujya Swamiji and Ganga Action Parivar, separate canals will be built along the banks of Yamuna to transport sewage to sewage treatment plants instead of emptying into the Yamuna riverbed, polluting Her waters. This sewage will be treated properly and then reused for agricultural purposes, instead of siphoning off the rivers. Requests were also made to release more water from upstream barrages into Yamuna, thus giving Her more capacity to clean Herself. To read more about this historic event, click here.

26 February, 2013

At the Kumbh Mela, Shri Shivpal Singhji, Hon’ble Minister of Irrigation of Uttar Pradesh, pledged to help clean Ganga and Yamuna in Uttar Pradesh by not allowing sewage to flow into their beds.

19 January, 2013

At the Kumbh Mela in a conference to discuss ways to “green” our pilgrimage areas, the Hon’ble Governor of Uttarakhand Dr. Aziz Qureshiji alongside DRDO, FICCI and GAP launched the Ganga Tat Pe Ganga Jal Initiative, a program to place Waterlife water filtration systems on the banks of Ganga for the use of pilgrims visiting some of India’s holiest places and festivals. To read more about this event, click here.

18 December, 2012

After a meeting dedicated to greening our pilgrimage areas, a meeting was held, led by the Hon’ble Minister of Urban Development of Uttarakhand Shri Pritam Panwar Singhji, to plan how to turn and develop Rishikesh into a model “green” pilgrimage site. The plan includes all aspects of greening the area, including providing clean drinking water to all.

4 November, 2012

At the end of a historic event dedicated to Environmental Preservation for World Peace which brought together great spiritual leaders, politicians, industrialists and celebrities, the first Waterlife water filtration system was presented and inaugurated at Parmarth Niketan. These filtration systems will help provide clean drinking water for very minimal cost (only 1 rupee per liter) to pilgrims who visit Ganga’s banks. To read more about this historic event, click here.

 

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