Making Safe Drinking Water Aspirational, Accessible and Affordable Across Informal Urban Communities in Pakistan.
84% of Pakistanis do not have access to safe drinking water, according to the Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources. This problem is often exacerbated in dense urban slum areas, where the probability of fecal contamination is made higher by the mixing of sewage and water lines. Individuals living in such areas have to rely on untreated sources of water such as tanker water and contaminated ground water for their daily drinking water needs. As a result of this, the burden of water-borne illness such as typhoid, diarrhea, and hepatitis E is extremely high in Pakistan. For instance, over 20% deaths under 5 in the country are due to diarrhea.
Sukoon Water establishes community-based water treatment plants in Karachi’s informal urban settlements that treat, market and supply WHO standard drinking water throughout a community at affordable prices. Sukoon increases access to safe drinking water by building robust delivery systems within the community and strong relationships with local shops and health workers who sell the water directly to consumers. Sukoon is focused on financial sustainability as much as it is social impact. Its pilot plant sold close to 1.5 million liters of drinking water in 2017 and is operating at near cash-flow break-even. They hope to continue increasing its community penetration to further its social impact and continue making progress towards financial sustainability. By developing a robust model and scaling it across Pakistan, Sukoon hopes to play an integral role in helping Pakistan meet its Sustainable Development Goal #6 target by 2030.
To learn more visit: http://sukoonwater.org
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