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Field Implementation | India | Sector Review
October 2016

Mumbai City Report (2016)

By: Safe Water Network


Approximately 6.5 million people out of Mumbai’s 12.5 million inhabitants reside in a neighborhood without easy access to safe water. Poor infrastructure leads to contamination and there is a severe lack of access to piped-water in the city’s slums, leading to high-levels of waterborne illness. Market-oriented, decentralized water treatment kiosks in Mumbai’s slums can address the clean water needs for the urban poor.  

The Urgency of Market-Oriented Solutions in Mumbai  

Urban Small Water Enterprises (USWEs) in the form of water treatment kiosks can provide Mumbai’s urban poor with enhanced quality of life through easier access to clean drinking water. The extreme challenges associated with providing piped-water to Mumbai’s slums means that USWEs can fill the current gap in water access. Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) should encourage entrepreneurs to enter the water sector by providing land, infrastructure, and legitimacy.  

Supporting Documentation/resources/data/reports  

Approximately 6.5 million people out of Mumbai’s 12.5 million inhabitants reside in a neighborhood without easy access to safe water. Poor infrastructure leads to contamination and there is a severe lack of access to piped-water in the city’s slums, leading to high-levels of waterborne illness. Market-oriented, decentralized water treatment kiosks in Mumbai’s slums can address the clean water needs for the urban poor.  

The Urgency of Market-Oriented Solutions in Mumbai  

Urban Small Water Enterprises (USWEs) in the form of water treatment kiosks can provide Mumbai’s urban poor with enhanced quality of life through easier access to clean drinking water. The extreme challenges associated with providing piped-water to Mumbai’s slums means that USWEs can fill the current gap in water access. Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) should encourage entrepreneurs to enter the water sector by providing land, infrastructure, and legitimacy.  

Supporting Documentation/resources/data/reports