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Project information

Clean water project for Indian village

FRANK Water’s mission is Clean Water For All. We fund innovative water filtration projects in rural India that remove waterborne disease as well as chemical contamination such as arsenic and fluoride. Every project is community owned and led, providing a sustainable solution for long term health.

3 months to implement, delivering long into the future

Charity information: Frank Water Projects

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  • Need


    Globally, there are nearly one billion people who lack access to safe, clean drinking water. In India alone, diarrhoea claims 450,000 lives every year. Our projects remove biological and chemical contamination from the water, reducing the incidence of fluorosis, a debilitating condition caused by excessive levels of fluoride, as well as cholera ,typhoid and other waterborne disease


    FRANK Water funds the multi-stage filtration technology that ensures the water is safe to drink. From the outset, each project is managed and owned by the village community to instil a sense of investment and ensure sustainability. As well as the immediate health benefits and reduction in loss of earnings due to sickness, the project is often the first step in overall community development.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To ensure that in every village, there is the desire for safe water as well as the need


    » Village leaders call a meeting of the community and a vote is taken to assess how many people expect to use the proposed clean water project.
    » Villagers are asked to pay an affordable membership fee to ensure their buy-in and understanding

    What success will look like

    The request is generated by the village and the NGO assesses the need and feasibility.

    Aim 2

    To raise awareness of the project and the overall health benefits of clean water


    » A water committee and president is voted in by the village. They are trained to take on the governance and overall management of the project. .
    » An accessible educational programme with street plays and leaflets to ensure villagers have a clear understanding of why and how to drink safe water

    What success will look like

    The number of training conducted for awareness generating activities is assessed and the number of people who attend is documented.

    Aim 3

    To provide access to clean water for all


    » An equitable policy is introduced to ensure that safe water is accessible and affordable to all wealth, caste and gender divisions from the outset

    What success will look like

    The percentage that are using the water is assessed and how regularly it is being used. The village committee visit those who aren't using it to understand why and encourage usage

    Aim 4

    To provide a sustainable source of safe drinking water for up to 4,000 people


    » All project machinery is sourced and made locally. Villagers pay a daily fee into a community fund to cover the cost of repairs and maintenance.

    What success will look like

    Data is collected on the financial reserves, the usage and the number of days it is non operational, as well as number of water committee meetings and attendees.

  • Impact


    In the long term the overall benefits through the provision of clean, safe water are improved health (fewer cases of waterborne disease) and better financial security through a reduction in the number of working and school days lost.

    Our evaluation is mostly anecdotal due to the unreliability of impact assessment in this area. Field staff visit projects and collect case studies twice a year.


    There is a risk that usage of the project will decrease. Our NGO partners mitigate this by assessing the need and demand prior to implementation as well as the ongoing motivation of the village. Maintenance and repairs are covered by the community fund and a machine operator is trained to understand the technology.


    Donors will receive a quarterly email with information about the project, its progress and case studies of villagers who have benefitted and how their health has improved as a result

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,200

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,700 Project machinery Steel tanks, filters, membranes, pump and tank, UV kit, in country program staffing
      £1,200 Direct project expenditure Project management, monitoring and evaluation
      £1,300 Indirect project costs Fundraising and awareness raising
  • Background


    Our projects are located in Andhra Pradesh where there are high levels of fluoride naturally occurring in the water. Through our filtration projects, the excessive fluoride as well as other chemicals are removed to provide safe, clean water.


    FRANK Water focuses on hard to reach communities and villages in rural areas where the majority of people depend on agriculture and wage labour. The projects have a capacity to reach up to 4,000 people and are open to all regardless of gender, caste and wealth.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    FRANK Water is a small Bristol based charity with seven years of expertise in providing access to clean water. Through our knowledge and understanding of the country and areas of need, FRANK Water has gained a good reputation for being effective and open.The water projects are often the first step in community development.

    By working with NGO partners, we deliver a sustainable, community led model that will serve the communities long into the future.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Balavikasa Team

    Our NGO partner Bala Vikasa implement the projects in country by identification, implementation including training, and monitoring and evaluation.

    Harmeet Sehambi - Project Manager

    Harmeet will be managing the relationship with Balavikasa to ensure that funds are used in the most effective way.

    Sarika Seshadri - Projects And Development Co-Ordinator

    Sarika will be assisting the project manager in managing the relationship with a specific focus on monitoring and evaluation.

Dirty drinking water

Dirty drinking water


will pay for the awareness campaign

Since the water filtration project was inaugurated I have noticed my health has improved, my joint pains have reduced and my digestion is better.