Malkapur like many villages in rural India has an intermittent and inadequate water supply system, which leads to its villagers spending many hours each day queuing for their allocation. The Maharashtra State Government has a policy to improve this situation and provide a continuous supply of fresh water with a much reduced leakage rate. Borouge, together with a local pipe supplier and installer, is working to meet this challenge by providing high-quality material for a new, sustainable water supply network.
By the summer of 2008 they expect to have installed a new leak-free water supply system serving all 3,000 homes in the village of Malkapur, around the clock, 7 days a week.
Access to clean, drinkable water is a major challenge in many developing countries. In India, around 200 million people living in rural areas have no access to fresh water. Providing durable solutions for such populations is critical for their health and welfare and is a basis for future economic and social development. The increased access to clean drinking water is also an important element within the United Nations Millennium Goals.
Malkapur is a small village in the State of Maharashtra, India, 400 km to the south of Mumbai. The current population of 30,000 is served by a water supply system that was installed in 1988. The system was designed to supply a population projected to have grown to 14,000 by 2010. But, due to the rapid increase in the number of people who have come to work in sugar production in the area, the system delivers insufficient water to meet local needs.
Consequently, the water supply is available for only a few hours per day, and 35% of the pumped water is lost because of leakage. Malkapur villagers have had to live with an irregular and unsustainable supply of drinking water. They have depended heavily on either the supply of water by tank trucks, which operate a few days a week, or walking long distances to fetch water for their daily needs. Sometimes this means spending hours during the day or night waiting for their turn to fill their water containers.