India has set an ambitious goal, as part of the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM)–rural, to provide functional household tap connection piped water services to its entire rural population at an outlay of $51 billion by 2025. Data from the JJM highlight promising progress being made over the last couple of years with percentage of households with piped water services more than doubling from 17% to 34%. A similar program, Jal Jeevan Mission–urban has been launched at an outlay of $40 billion to provide cities in India with piped water access by 2026.
A key part of the policy also involves a greater role and involvement of women in understanding, creating, deploying and operating the water services. There is also bound to be an ever more important role for digital solutions and services to accelerate the scale-up, deployment and ensuring the resilience of the infrastructure and its services of water supply.
This webinar, co-convened with the SWAN India Alliance, brought together a cross-section of leading women professionals from Safe Water Network, USAID, FRANK Water, Grundfos, and Honeywell, representing the different parts of the value chain and sharing their local knowledge and experience in the conceptualizing, deployment and operation of the water services and the key role played by data-driven smart water solutions and services.