Sri Kshethra Dharmasthala Rural Development Project (SKDRDP) is implementing Shudhaganga drinking water program in the districts, where Fluoride content is more in water. In the last financial year, the trust has installed 84 units in various parts of the state.
This 84 units include 50 units in Hassan, 17 in Davangere, one each in Kadur and Doddaballapur, 2 in Chamarajanagar, 3 in Chikkamagaluru and 4 in Devanahalli are being implemented and they are in construction stage. Out of these units, 30 units are supplying water.
The program was launched 8 years ago (in 2009). The first Shudhaganga unit was started in Yagati of Kadur taluk in Chikkamagaluru. As a result of this success, now there are 284 Shudhaganga units are working in the state. 200 units including 37 in Chikkamagaluru, 7 in Hassan, 39 in Tumkur, 4 in Belgaum, 13 in Haveri, 4 in Dharwad, 27 in Chithradurga, 3 in Bellary, 22 in Davangere, one in Anekal, 19 in Koppala, 2 in Raichur, 3 in Kolar, Mysore and Chamarajanagar, and 16 units in Gadag district are providing pure drinking water. In total, water is being supplied from 230 units.
Using these units, members of 33,908 families use around 10, 87,480 liters of pure drinking water. In fact, the program was initiated by SKDRDP President Dr. D Veerendra Heggade after finding out that thousands of people suffer from health issues because of too much fluoride in water. The guidance of the SKDRDP Executive Director Dr L H Manjunath played a major role in the implementation.
The program is being implemented with the help of Gram Panchayat, Zilla Panchayat officials and public representatives. The processes of family survey, informative programs on the utilization of clean drinking water have been conducted.
Aqua Safi Purification System of Hubli is giving technical guidance, while Rub Engineering Works, Tarikere, A R Engineering Works, Davangere, Suraksha Green Tech Solution, Bengaluru help in the construction of fabricated building. The program is helping to maintain healthy society by providing pure drinking water.