Holistic approach to water helps communities in India
In India we have combined water stewardship initiatives with programmes designed to improve communities’ access to clean water and sanitation.
Case study 09 AUG 2016
By focusing on impact and recognising how the issues we deal with are interconnected, we can make contributions where they really count. In India, where there has been a severe drought, we have combined water stewardship initiatives with programmes designed to improve communities’ access to clean water and sanitation, promote gender equality and empower women and girls, and promote better health and well-being.
Working in communities near our United Spirits Limited operations, such as Alwar, Udaipur and Bhopal, this integrated approach draws on the stewardship principles of our Diageo Water Blueprint. We contributed more than 200,000 m3 of water for local people this year and supporting our goal of replenishing water in water-stressed areas.
As well as improving water storage for local communities through the restoration of dams, we have partnered with not-for-profit CAF India on safety, health and education (SHE) programmes which have reached around 52,000 people in and around our priority plants in water stressed-areas. Measures have included building 25 community toilets and 60 SMART or self-cleaning toilets, repairing 72 hand pumps and 104 soak pits, installing three reverse osmosis water purification systems in schools, building five roof rainwater harvesting systems, supporting water payment systems, and providing training and education in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). The programme has established 12 WASH committees, in which 60% of members are women, and set up health and first aid facilities addressing diseases such as malaria and dengue.
There is more work to do - but already these programmes are addressing the most material issues in some of our communities in India, including water, as well as strengthening our relationships with the people with whom we live and work.