Chhattisgarh: How solar energy is being used to provide safe, pure and clean drinking water in rural areas

Last Modified: Tue Jul 03 2018 16:20:10 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 2011
    Launch of scheme to provide safe & pure, clean drinking water on 24X7 basis to people living in rural areas of the state. The scheme envisages use of solar powered systems for pumping, purification and distribution of water. The scheme is being implemented by Chhattisgarh Renewable Development Agency (CREDA).
  • 600 Wp - 1200 Wp
    Average rating of the solar systems which power Solar (DC) Submersible pumps of 0.5 to 1.00 HP that draws water from a bore well. Pumped water is stored in a tank (typical capacity of 5,000 litre) which is then used to provide piped water supply to each house through taps.
  • 3 - 6 metres
    Height at which the water tank is fitted, so that water can be distributed through gravity alone, without need of additional motors for pumping water. Each such tank can feed into a network of pipes and taps that range from 4 to 20, installed in schools, cluster of homes or key locations within the village.
  • 250
    Number of people on an average that the system can provide water to.
  • 8,000
    Number of locations across the state where these systems have been installed as on 30 Jun 2018.
  • 500,000
    Number of households that are benefiting from these systems.
  • 2,500,000
    Estimated number of people that now have access to clean drinking water.
  • Rs. 300,000 - Rs. 900,000
    Cost of each unit. The pumps are being installed with financial support from State Public Health Engineering Department. The plants/systems are maintained through CREDA's O&M network to ensure functionality of systems.