Innovation Challenge Launched by National Jal Jeevan Mission

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  • An innovation challenge has been launched by the National Jal Jeevan Mission to develop portable devices for water testing. This is in partnership with Department of Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade.
  • To bring an innovative, modular, and cost-effective solution to develop portable devices is the main objective of the exercise. The developed portable devices can be used at the household level for testing the drinking water quality instantly, easily, and accurately.
Jal Jeevan Mission

Innovation Challenge Overview

  • To test the drinking water quality easily and instantly.
  • Developing inexpensive and modular solutions for testing the quality of drinking water.
  • Till 23rd December 2020, more than 2.9 crore households have been provided tap water connections since the launch of Jal Jeevan Mission.
  • The tap water supply connections have increased from 3.23 Crore (17 %) in August, 2019 to 6.13 Crore (32 %) rural households.
  • Access to tap water connection (Every District) :
    • 20 districts
    • 34 thousand Gram Panchayats
    • 64 thousand villages
  • Results are expected to be announced on 1 April next year.

Need for the Challenge

  • No means to test the potability of water coming from their taps (piped water supply in their homes) .
  • Additional expenditure is incurred by People living in urban areas for installing household water treatment units.
  • India holds only 4 % of global freshwater resources with 16 % of the world population.
  • Supplying water from underground sources (80 %) and surface water sources (20 %) .
  • Ground water level is depleting at a faster rate due to overexploitation and deteriorating water quality.

Jal Jeevan Mission

  • JJM was launched in August 2019.
  • Focus in integrated demand and supply management of water.
  • Under implementation in partnership with the State.
  • To enable every rural home to have tap water connection by 2024.
  • Providing every rural household potable tap water in adequate quantity is the main aim.
  • Prescribed quality on a regular and long-term basis.

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