Rs 100-crore project — conceptualized, designed and deployed by Amrita University — is fully funded by the Math
KOLLAM, Kerala, OCTOBER 09 : The President of India Mr Ram Nath Kovind at a function launched a new charitable initiative through which the Mata Amritanandamayi Math aims to provide filtration for clean drinking water to one crore [10 million] villagers throughout the nation. The initiative was inaugurated in the presence of Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (Amma). Also present on the dais were the Governor of Kerala, Justice P. Sathasivam , Minister for Devaswom, Tourism & Cooperation,Mr. Kadakampally Surendran , Mr. K.C. Venugopal, MP and All India Congress Committee Secretary andMr R. Ramachandran, MLA.
Speaking on the occasion President Mr Ram Nath Kovind, said, "Kerala has been one of the leading spiritual homes of our country. The fame of spiritualism has shone bright in the state for thousands of years, with such revered people as Adi Shankaracharya, Narayan Guru, and Ayyankali. They did much to unite our country with a common sense of spiritualism and push for social reform. Mata Amritanandamayi represents this enlightened spiritual tradition of Kerala. Kerala has been one of the leading spiritual homes of our country. The fame of spiritualism has shone bright in the state for thousands of years, with such revered people as Adi Shankaracharya, Narayan Guru, and Ayyankali. They did much to unite our country with a common sense of spiritualism and push for social reform. Mata Amritanandamayi represents this enlightened spiritual tradition of Kerala.
She sees her spiritual mission as a contribution to nation building. Spiritualism challenges us to raise the quality of human consciousness as well as the quality of life of every human being. The projects of the Math that are being initiated today do just that. They aim to provide clean drinking water in 5,000 villages across the country, and they strive to make villages Open Defecation Free. Such initiatives promote the health and well-being of common people, and are reflective of both the spiritualism and the progressive ideals of Kerala – as embodied by Amma. Above all, such initiatives help build a better society and a happier nation."
The Jivamritam System was conceptualized and designed by faculty and students of the Math's five-campus university, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (Amrita University). The Math intends to deploy all 5,000 Jivamritam Systems within one year, provided there is timely permissions from local administrations.
The Jivamritam Systems will be a Godsend. According to WaterAid India, approximately 7.6 crore people [76 million] in India lack access to clean drinking water, and more than 60,000 children, five and under, die each year in India from diarrheal diseases caused by drinking impure water and poor sanitation. And according UNICEF India, 67% of Indian households do not treat their drinking water, even though it could be contaminated with harmful bacteria and chemicals.
"The Jivamritam System avails of a dual sand-and-activated-carbon filter to remove suspended particles and turbidity, followed by micron filters of five-micron and one-micron filtration," said Dr. Maneesha Sudheer, the Jivamritam project head from Amrita University. "Each system also includes an ultraviolet water-purifier to remove pathogenic contamination, and two storage tanks — 2,000-litre-inlet and a 1,000-litre outlet — to keep treated and untreated water separate. The filtered-water tanks are integrated with taps to provide drinking water at the location of the system itself."
Dr. Maneesha added that the Jivamritam System would be modular. "The water available in every village is different, and some may have different needs," she said. "This is the first module, with variations to come as needed."
President Kovind inaugurated Jivamritam in the presence of spiritual leader and humanitarian Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (Amma) by unveiling a model system to thousands of devotees who had gathered for the occasion. The President, Amma and the gathered devotees, then watched a Jivamritam System provide clean water to villagers in Clappana, Kollam, via a live-stream connection.
President Kovind also participated in two other charitable initiatives of the Math — specifically, the bestowing of certificates to 1,940 totally free surgeries at the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Center in Kochi, and the distribution of certificates verifying that 12 villages adopted by the Math have been declared Open Defecation Free.