Dec 30, 2020

Jal Jeevan Mission Launches Innovation Challenge for Portable Water Testing Devices

The National Jal Jeevan Mission in India launched an innovation challenge to develop portable devices for water testing. 

The National Jal Jeevan Mission in India has launched an innovation challenge in partnership with Department of Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade to develop portable devices for water testing. 

According to the Ministry of Jal Shakti, the main goal is to bring an innovative and cost-effective solution to develop portable devices that can be used in households to test drinking water quality. Another goal is to provide every rural household potable tap water in adequate quantity and of prescribed quality on a regular and long-term basis. 

The National Jal Jeevan Mission invites applicants to join the Innovation Challenge to develop portable devices for water testing. Application for the challenge can be found here.

Water quality testing is one of the priority areas under the Jal Jeevan Mission. 

The innovation challenge will help ensure that water sources are tested at various locations and at different levels, reported the ministry. This will ultimately help policy framers to design programs which address the water contamination issues.

Every household in 20 districts, 425 blocks, 34 thousand Gram Panchayats and 64 thousand villages of the country now have access to tap water connection, reported the ministry.

Drinking water supply in these rural areas is from both groundwater and surface water sources. Due to the depleting groundwater level, however, the use of surface water is on the rise. 

According to the ministry, the Jal Jeevan Mission plans for every rural home to have tap water connection by 2024. 

"The main objective of the exercise is to bring an innovative, modular, and cost-effective solution to develop portable devices that can be used at the household level to test the drinking water quality instantly, easily and accurately," said a Ministry official involved with JJM to The Tribune India.

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