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The foundation brings water to 100 villages in India to install solar pumps across Orissa, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.

By Grundfos India

The Grundfos Foundation, Grundfos India and Sunlit Future are entering the first phase of an ambitious project to bring clean water to 100 villages in rural India. The first phase will deliver water to 12,400 people in 28 villages in Orissa, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.

Given that in India, over 700,000 villages do not have access to water, an off-grid, self-sustaining solar pumping solution is the quickest way to provide water to millions. The Grundfos Foundation has agreed to co-sponsor the construction of the first 28 of 100 solar-powered pumping systems in 100 villages.

“We understand the plight of many women and girls in rural India who have to carry up to 20 liters of water two to three times a day. We are happy to bring some respite to these women and the 100 villages through this project. We think it is going to make a tremendous difference in a lot of people’s lives”, said Christian Hartvig, Executive Director of the Grundfos Foundation.

Grundfos India Delivers Sustainable Pumping Solutions
The solar-powered pumping systems with Grundfos’ SQ Flex pumps will ensure a stable water supply for each village. The SQ Flex pump motor is constructed especially for energy sources with varying voltage, such as solar energy or wind power. Furthermore, the pumps are extremely energy efficient and long-lasting.

Grundfos India already has thousands of solar pump installations across Maharashtra, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Andhra Pradesh. Through these solar pump solutions, Grundfos India has helped create a positive impact on the socio-economic lives of thousands of people in rural India.

Project Partners Ensure Technical Skill and Local Buy-in
Grundfos India and Sunlit Future (an Auroville-based company) have been working together for the last 10 years. Sunlit Future is an expert in delivering sustainable energy solutions and has been working in the solar energy space for 12 years, bringing high quality renewable energy solutions to both rural and urban India.

Sunlit Future in partnership with three local Indian NGOs – Gram Vikas, Pragati Pratishthan and Haritika – will work locally to ensure that the communities are organized and educated to take care of the installations in the future.

“Bringing safe drinking water closer to the homes will lead to improved health and hygiene, quality of life and dignity for the women who have to hand carry heavy loads of water over long distances every day. The saving of time and energy will give a chance for earning more incomes or a livelihood, improving education for children, reduce health costs, and better families leading to healthier communities and societies in the long run” said Rishi Kapoor, Executive, Sunlit Future.

The Grundfos Foundation is based in Denmark and owns 87.8% of the shares in Grundfos. It was created by Grundfos founder, Poul Due Jensen in 1975. The Foundation’s task is to ensure the development of Grundfos in line with his values. Most of the annual revenue is reinvested into Grundfos, but the Foundation also donates to humanitarian projects focused on providing safe drinking water.

Grundfos Pumps India Pvt. Ltd. (Grundfos India) a wholly owned subsidiary of Grundfos Holdings was established in March 13, 1998. Grundfos India is responsible for sales of Grundfos products in India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Maldives. Currently, Grundfos India has more than 250 employees and works with 200 distributors and dealers with 20 offices across India. Grundfos India provides energy efficient pumps and smart pumping solutions for various applications – heating and hot water service systems, cooling & air-conditioning systems, industrial applications, pressure boosting and liquid transfer, groundwater supply, domestic water supply, sewage and wastewater, dosing, chlorination systems, disinfection systems and pumps running on renewable energy.

Sunlit Future is an integrated solar service provider bringing high-quality renewable energy solutions to both rural and urban India. Functioning administratively under Auroville Foundation, we dedicate ourselves to experimentation and research on solar photovoltaic and thermal technologies and products. The key team members of Sunlit Future have been actively involved in the field of solar energy over the past 12 years building trust and credibility. As part of Auroville, it has the collective experience of Auroville which has been installing solar PV based applications since 1980. The unit is fully owned by Auroville Foundation and the surplus income is ploughed back for the community development.

GIN Promotes Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in a School
Mahathi Parashuram, Regional Head of Public Affairs, Asia Pacific Region, recently attended the inauguration of ramps in Salvan Kuppam School. This was a part of Grundfos India’s CSR initiative in collaboration with Hand in Hand, one of our NGO partners. Through this initiative, students are also educated in the topics of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH).

After the inauguration of the ramps, students performed a short play on their knowledge about health and hygiene. Students also came forward to talk about the lessons learnt and adopted into their daily lives. They spoke about various lessons they had learnt such as brushing their teeth daily, wearing footwear, etc. One of the students even spoke about the menstrual pad incinerator that Grundfos India had donated to the school stating “In the beginning, before we had the machine, during our periods we would struggle a lot in trying to dispose of the napkins without anyone finding out. Ever since we got the machine, it has become very useful and we are very thankful for the same.”

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