The Clean Water for All partnership developed a water treatment plant to deliver clean, safe, and affordable water to communities in Bangladesh facing water contamination.
P4G provided this partnership with $99,860 in catalytic grant funding.
The Clean Water for All partnership helped communities in Bangladesh that suffer from groundwater contamination gain access to clean water. Through the piloting of a sustainable social business model, the partnership delivered high volumes of safe and affordable water to around 4,450 people, particularly women who are responsible for household needs. The partnership developed a comprehensive monitoring framework to quantity the project’s progress and impact, while local government entities built capacity for environmentally friendly water treatment plants that contribute to achieving SDG 6.
The partnership’s water treatment plant technology has reduced wastewater production within purification, making the process more sustainable. It also allows for the treatment of surface water instead of groundwater, putting less pressure on aquifers for quick groundwater recharge to stabilize water systems. The delivery model has also created jobs within the community, and although a suitable business owner was not found at the local level due to the prices of the technology, vendors have been selected to supply water to communities further away. Those that are not receiving water from these vendors, however, can obtain it directly from the plant.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the partnership was not able to examine the scalability of the business model effectively within the project period. However, the partnership aims to scale up in nearby areas experiencing similar water crises. It wants to focus on ensuring the technology can be local and affordable so people can own and operate the business model in their own communities. The partnership plans to use the experience and knowledge gained in this start-up for further analysis and to share fact-based knowledge with other stakeholders, partnerships, and funders to adopt their sustainable business models and promote environmentally friendly technologies.
By 2025, the partnership plans to shift plant operation and business model responsibility to eligible entrepreneurs to support lasting job creation and water scarcity mitigation in local communities. Through their experiences and activities, the partnership has gained helpful insight such as selecting target groups from different socio-economic levels to subsidize water prices for ultra-poor families, continually updating the water treatment technology to reduce environmental harm, and ensuring entrepreneurs are aware that plant cost and relevant expenses will be covered by revenue collected through water sales.
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