Sumant Moolgaokar Development Foundation is a TML floated Foundation which works exclusively for providing safe drinking water to water stressed rural and semi-urban geographies in India.
The access to clean drinking water is powered through minimal and voluntary monthly contributions by employees, which is matched by an equal contribution from Tata Motors. The projects are deployed through entities having domain expertise and the villagers contribute voluntarily through labour, locally available resources where construction work is required and through donation of land to the community wherever applicable.
2018-19 saw 73 additional clean drinking water projects under the initiative.
Till date, close to 200000 citizens from over 505 water stressed habitations (70% of those who are tribal communities in Pune and Jamshedpur) have assured and safe drinking water available – 30 litres/capita/day as per WHO guidelines.
This has reduced drudgery of women who travel an average of 4 kilometres of distance to procure water. The enrolment and attendance of girls in rural schools have improved significantly. Also 15 drought prone villages are now drought resilient villages with access to safe drinking water. They also are in the aspiration of reaching out to Osmanabad district, State of Maharashtra.
A small-parched hamlet nesting 200 citizens at an altitude of 5000 feet is water rich. The partnership between SMDF-GRASSROOTS has been providing enhanced quantities of clean safe drinking water to rural communities in the Himalaya for the past few years through introduction of Infiltration Wells or IW.
The IWs are traditional methods of water conservation of mountain-people. IWs are deep, narrow mouthed wells that tap the water flowing through the semi-circular permeable brick wall surrounding the well. The participatory dialogue with communities led the design for the water supply system having integrated model of pipeline, infiltration well, water tank and water post. The water scheme in the village was able to serve the water needs of each villager and they are very happy to have such a sustainable water scheme.
Along with access to safe drinking water, the partner organization in collaboration with external agency & SMDF support enabled to construct 17 toilets in the village, which lead to every household having a toilet.