Automation Anywhere Collaborates with Planet Water Foundation to Provide Sustainable Access to Clean Water in India
Automation Anywhere, a cloud automation platform, and Kompozable partner, that delivers automation and process intelligence solutions across all industries globally to automate end-to-end business processes is collaborating with Planet Water India Foundation, a non-profit organization, to provide sustainable access to clean water and sanitation facilities in India.
“Nearly 100 million people in India do not have access to safe drinking water, and as a result are at risk, due to waterborne diseases and other health issues,” said Neeti Shukla, Social Impact Officer, Automation Anywhere. “Through our collaboration with Planet Water Foundation, we are enabling a sustainable infrastructure to improve the health and hygiene of local communities we operate in and the livelihood of hundreds of thousands of people. We are excited to partner with Planet Water Foundation and look forward to supporting this effort to deploy new technologies for the betterment of societies across the globe.”
“Access to clean water catalyzes change within a community by improving health, increasing educational opportunities through higher rates of school attendance, and transforming the lives of women and girls, who often dedicate hours a day to collecting water,” said Prashant Deshpande, Senior Manager, India Operations, Planet Water India Foundation. “We are thankful for Automation Anywhere’s contribution towards providing clean, safe water to a community of thousands of people.”
How will the collaboration work?
As part of its Social Impact Program, Automation Anywhere is empowering the organization with funding for the installation of AquaTower water filtration systems, an integrated system that delivers safe, healthy drinking water, as well as handwashing facilities to rural schools and their surrounding communities.
The water system can operate without power and uses ultrafiltration technology and activated carbon for enhanced water quality providing access to 1,000 litres of safe drinking water per hour to support up to 1,800 people. Through this program, the AquaSan surface disinfection system is also provided to sanitize toilets and other surfaces in schools.
Employee volunteers from Automation Anywhere installed their first tower built in the Government Higher Primary School in Doddahulluru, Hoskote (Bengaluru).
Through the collaboration, Planet Water Foundation educators and Automation Anywhere employee volunteers are also conducting hygiene education to teach students, teachers, and other members of the community about contagious diseases and best practices around handwashing through games, songs, and storytelling in the local language.
India’s water and sanitation crisis
India is a country with about 1.38 billion people, out of which around 6% of the population do not have access to safe water and more than 15% of the total population lack proper access to sanitation, which leads to water-borne diseases, and deaths. According to UNICEF, inadequate water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services in India’s health facilities contribute to the high neonatal mortality rate, which is 24 deaths per 1000 live births.
Indian government has imitated many schemes to provide proper sanitation and safe drinking water for the citizen such as “Swachh Bharat Mission” (Clean India Mission) to improve waste management and provide better sanitation; and “Jal Jeevan Mission” to provide potable tap water to all households by 2024.