Young Woman’s Quest to Bring Clean Water to India

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  • Young woman’s quest to bring clean water to India: SANA or Social Awareness Newer Alternatives, is a NGO created by one dedicated young Indian woman Ms. Raju, who chose to leave her corporate job to focus on bringing clean water and sanitation to her country. In India, almost 60 percent of its over a billion population are forced to defecate in public due to lack of basic sanitation facilities. SANA’s first successful project is a Solar Powered Clean Water Purification Station, which has so far produced over two million litres of clean drinking water. The solar-powered water treatment station also provides service of a bio-digesting toilet; facilitating both clean water and sanitation needs.  SANA is growing slowly yet steadily and currently aids ten villages in the coastal state of Andhra Pradesh with its innovative and green service. Her goal is to help improve peoples’ lives not only with providing better sanitation and water facilities, but also through creating services that would allow people-and mainly- women, to spend less time collecting fresh water. Her message to other women and young girls is that they should educate themselves and follow their dreams. When women occupy positions of power and influence, they should leverage this to create a multiplier effect for others.
  • What is in bottled water: Bottled water we are are all so familiar with is not just pure H2O, many of them contain other ingredients and additives. For example, Dasani water lists on its label purified water, magnesium sulfate, potassium chloride, as well as salt. SmartWater contains calcium chloride, magnesium chloride, and potassium bicarbonate. Nestle Pure Life water list includes calcium chloride, sodium bicarbonate, and magnesium sulfate. If the label also lists calories, that means that sugar has also been added. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends to drink water that contains 20 mg of sodium per liter or less, so it’s wise to check the labels before you buy your bottled water. According to Nestle Company, the best choice still remains quality tap water: “To the extent that tap water is clean and free of harmful contaminants, it beats everything in taste and cost.”
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