Adopt a Slum


  • 65 million people live in India’s 33,510 urban slums
  • Indian urban water managers often experiences system losses of up to 50%, causing huge environmental inefficiencies and financial losses
  • Providing piped water access to these densely populated areas is often not an option. Tanker trucks, the current government alternative, are unreliable and unable to serve the large population
  • India’s poor ultimately pay more than the middle class does for basic water services because of forced bribes and being disproportionately affected by direct taxes on consumption.


  • Strategic Hub and Spoke design takes advantage of the dense population and to serve the maximum number of people
  • Low-footprint public facing Water ATMs provide 24x7 availability of water at an transparent, affordable price
  • Continuous monitoring of real time field data and vital process parameters means stakeholders are guaranteed of water quality and project management
  • Field teams provide business handholding for local entrepreneur, engage community leaders and lead door to door health awareness campaigns.

Sarvajal Impact in Slums

  • Slum inhabitants have reliable access to drinking water of assured quality.
  • Incidences of waterborne disease are reduced as health is improved.
  • Changes perception of drinking water and health linkages to create informed consumers.
  • Community members, particularly women and children, need not waste time in fetching water from remote sources.
  • Families save burdensome cost of healthcare to treat waterborne diseases.
  • Work absenteeism due to water related illnesses is reduced.
  • Sustainable local jobs are created through Sarvajal’s operation.
  • Success of Sarvajal’s work inspires other entrepreneurs to enter the decentralized drinking water sector, bolstering the local market.
  • Model is economically self-sustaining.
  • Invested capital is used judiciously and efficiently to fund a local initiative.
  • Provides real time data monitoring services to measure social impact.
  • Data driven transparency to the last mile assures optimized productivity of sponsored projects.
  • Donors create lasting legacy by investing in long term sustainable ventures with local buy-in.
Create access to a Safe Drinking Water for Urban Poor