About us

WaterAid India has teams in 11 states across India, working with our partners to transform millions of lives every year by improving access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene.
WaterAid/ Adam Ferguson

About WaterAid

WaterAid has been working in India since 1986 and has played a significant role in the WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) sector nationally and in the states. Our mission is to transform the lives of the poorest and most marginalised people by improving access to WASH services.

WaterAid in India

India’s vast population is growing, particularly in urban areas, where people are living in slums. In many places, faeces and water supplies are not separated and facilities are often expensive or even illegal. In rural areas, new facilities fall into disrepair where there are no resources for maintenance. Often cultural beliefs prevent people from using latrines or practising good hygiene.

Water and sanitation are basic human rights, and we believe that universal access to WASH services is achievable with the right political will and deployment of resources.

Safeda Basti slum
Safeda Basti slum, New Delhi where WaterAid India is working with partners to construct household toilets for residents. Photo: WaterAid/ Adam Ferguson

WaterAid India has a goal to “Make WASH poverty a history in the country”. To achieve this, we engage in the areas with the greatest concentration of excluded and marginalised communities and empower and include them in local decision making, help revive and strengthen the local governance institutions and influence those responsible for delivering the basic WASH services.

Influencing long-lasting change is integral to everything we do. We use our experience, our work with partner organisations and our learning through research and analysis to influence policy at local, state, and national to global levels.

We support the central government programmes like Swachh Bharat Mission and National Rural Drinking Water Programme and try to ensure that they enshrine principles of quality, equity, inclusion and sustainability, the foundation of all WaterAid’s programmes.

We monitor the effectiveness of WASH service delivery, advocate for the essential role of safe water, improved hygiene and sanitation in human development particularly in health, nutrition, and education. WaterAid India facilitates and fosters an enabling environment for collaboration, convergence, learning and growth.

In India currently, we directly intervene in 43 districts, and 14 towns/cities across 11 states. In the year 2015-16 we reached 7,03,925 people with water, 11,23,180 people with sanitation and 18,87,253 people with hygiene.

WaterAid India has its presence in the following 11 states.
(Hover over the names to know about our intervention areas in each state)
  1. Uttar Pradesh
  2. Bihar
  3. Jharkhand
  4. Odisha
  5. Madhya Pradesh
  6. Chhattisgarh
  7. Telangana
  8. Andhra Pradesh
  9. Karnataka
  10. Delhi
  11. Rajasthan

WaterAid India is registered as Jal Seva Charitable Foundation (JSCF) in the country as a not for profit company under Section 25 of the Companies Act, 1956. JSCF is an associate member of WaterAid International.

What we do

Our mission is to transform the lives of the poorest and most marginalised people by improving access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene.

Water fact

2,300 people die every day from water-related diseases.

Clean, safe drinking water is scarce. Yet, we take it for granted and waste it.