With large parts of the calamity-hit Ganjam struggling for access to safe drinking water, a mobile drinking water initiative has brought succour to the Phailin-hit populace.
i-PURE, a mobile water treatment and electrification unit, has been drawing scores of villagers in the district ever since it was launched on November 1 in Bandhara village near Gopalpur.
With scarcity of safe drinking water taking its toll in terms of diarrhoea and skin diseases in the affected areas, the mobile water plant treats unsafe water and makes it drinking standard with total dissolved solids (TDS) kept below 100 parts per million which meets the WHO norms.
A totally compact and self-sustainable system, i-PURE can be used everywhere since it has in-built generator which can also be used to light up the neighbourhood area when not in use.
Revenue Divisional Commissioner (South) Binayak Mahapatra said the innovative efforts of safe drinking water provision in the cyclone and flood hit areas is a laudable effort. In last four days, as many as 700 families from three villages have accessed the service of i-PURE in Chatrapur block of the district.
i-PURE was developed by Bhubaneswar based Diversified Energy Solutions with conceptual support from senior IPS officer Joydeep Nayak. While it is sponsored by Rashmi Group of Companies as part of its CSR activities, leading NGO PREM is its implementation partner.
MD of Diversified Energy Solutions Pvt Ltd Parthiv Mehta and Syed Najmuddin, President of the Kolkata based Rashmi Group of Companies were present during the launch.