21 per cent of communicable diseases in India are water related. Keeping this issue in mind, Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) has decided to improve sanitation and access to safe drinking water by construction of water tanks and purification units in rural Bangalore that benefit around 80,000 people, by construction of 450 toilets for households in villages around Bidadi and by creating awareness on environmental conservation for local schools.
TKM observed during the health camps that a great number of people were affected by skin diseases, arthritis, cholera, dysentery, diarrhoea, etc. due to contamination of the water in Byramangala reservoir. The release of industrial and sewage pollutants from Bangalore into the Vrishabhavathi River, which gets collected in the reservoir, was the reason for this.
To remedy the situation, TKM decided to establish a large scale, sustainable, community-based water purification unit at Byramangala, Ittamadu in partnership with the Gram Panchayat.
Recently, TKM inaugurated 2 community based water purification systems in Gollahalli and Uragahalli villages in Bidadi adding to the already present 7 units built across the country.
All the water purification units have a 1000 litre per hour capacity benefitting over 75,000 people across 73 villages.
According to a water analysis study conducted it was found that the TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) level of the water used for day-to-day activities in Gollahalli and Uragahalli are 1830 and 650 which are way above the normal limit of 500. Similarly the calcium and magnesium levels in these waters were also found to be above the desired limit. The water here is highly contaminated with heavy metals due to release of industrial and sewage pollutants.
The contaminated water undergoes six step filtration processes with reverse osmosis technology and UV rays in the Water Purification Unit to deliver IS10500 standard potable water.
Prajwala Karnataka Social Welfare Trust, a local NGO will maintain the unit for a period of 15 years. The NGO will carry out the day to day operations of the unit and comply with the water standard. The users will be charged a nominal fee of Rs. 5/- for 20 litres of purified water to ensure it is sustainable.
TKM plans to spend Rs 50 million this fiscal year on corporate social responsibility (CSR) in India. The money will go toward sanitation, safe drinking water and school education projects.
“Toyota has already exceeded 2 per cent on CSR activities,” said Shekar Viswanathan, vice chairman and whole-time director, referring to the limit stipulated under the Companies Act. “Toyota was performing CSR activities even before the government mandated it for companies. Toyota will increase it’s spending on CSR provided profits go up.”
All in all Toyota’s CSR projects have touched over 8 lakh lives in the country whether it is education, sanitation or water.