Colgate-Palmolive (India) Limited, the market leader in Oral Care, in partnership with the non-profit organisation, Water For People India Trust, today launched its Amravati Water initiative in the Amravati District of Maharashtra. This program is an expansion of Colgate’s partnership with Water For People, after their successful collaboration in Bihar and West Bengal, since 2013. This program will support availability and accessibility of water, awareness towards hygiene and sanitation (WASH program), and other initiatives, such as water conservation and rainwater harvesting.
Amravati District in Maharashtra faces extreme water scarcity and challenges in accessing potable water for daily living. The Amravati Water Program will begin by focusing on talukas, such as Nandgaon Khandeshwar, Chikaldhara and Dharni, where water-related issues are acute. The program will cover 5 gram panchayats (15 villages) in the first year, with a projected cumulative coverage of 10-12 gram panchayats (36 villages) over a period of three years.
The emphasis will be on ensuring access to safe drinking water and testing innovative, low-cost technologies towards provision of safe drinking water. The program will engage local communities for construction/rehabilitation of water facilities, operations and maintenance of community water schemes, and work together with the state and local government to provide a sustainable model for easy access to potable water and water for sanitation. In schools, the program will focus on water for sanitation, safe drinking water and hygiene promotion.
Speaking at today’s inauguration ceremony, Mr. Issam Bachaalani, Managing Director at Colgate Palmolive (India) Limited, said, “We are happy to launch the program in Amravati in partnership with Water For People, after the successful implementation of our Water initiatives in Bihar and West Bengal. At Colgate, we believe in contributing to the communities where we live and work to help co-create a sustainable environment that enables all of us to live healthy, safe, and empowered lives. This water program in Amravati is our small, but meaningful step to enable availability of clean water, and we’ll continue to strive towards building a future that everyone can smile about.”
Mr. Abhijit Bangar – IAS, District Collector, Amravati said, "We welcome the initiative of Colgate-Palmolive (India) Limited with Water For People India Trust, to launch this Water program in Amravati and our objective at the district level is also the same that is, to ensure access to safe drinking water and water for sanitation. So am very happy that this initiative is being taken in our Amravati district. We need to work together and at the district level, I assure this partnership all the support. This water program aims to ensure a sustainable model for easy access to potable water and water for sanitation and we should be able to see the change by the coming summer 2018."
Also present at the inauguration ceremony were dignitaries: Mr. Abhijit Bangar – IAS, District Collector – Amravati; Ms. Meena Narula – Managing Trustee, Water For People India Trust; Mr. Shashank Deshpande – Senior Advisor, Water For People; Dr. Kiran Kulkarni CEO – Zilla Parishad, Amravati District; Mr. Pravin Khatne – Deputy Director GSDA, Amravati District; Ms. Uma Aslekar – Senior Scientist, ACWADAM; Dr. (Ms.) Bakul Rao – IIT Mumbai; Mr. Anand Godke – Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Officer, UNICEF Mumbai; and several other members from Amravati.
Besides a successful partnership in India, Water For People and Colgate-Palmolive Company have an on-going partnership in the Latin American countries of Peru and Guatemala.