Ottawa, Ontario-based Clearford Water Systems Inc. announced that it has signed a contract with the Anarde Foundation to install the Clearford One™ system in the village of Plot Pada, located northeast of Vasai, Maharashtra. The project is funded through the corporate-social responsibility (CSR) commitments of a leading finance company and will be facilitated by Samhita Social Ventures.
This contract marks the company’s ninth contract in India, and comes after delivering its fourth on-site sanitation system to the McCain Foods facility in Mehsana District in February 2019.
Through its subsidiary Clearford India Pvt. Ltd., Clearford will deliver an end-to-end sanitation solution, including refurbishing the school toilets and building bathroom facilities for all 86 households of the village. The project includes large scale behavior change and treatment of all black as well as gray water. The Clearford One system will improve public health and the quality of life for residents of Plot Pada with a permanent and locally sustainable sanitation solution that protects local water resources. The total project is valued at 13,950,000 INR (approximately $270,000 CAD).
The Company’s first sanitation project in 2016 for 56 homes at Jambudiyapura village, became the first Total Sanitation Open Defecation Free (ODF) village in Gujarat. Installing the Clearford One system decreased the incidence of diarrheal illnesses in residents and enabled treated water reuse for local agriculture. “Clearford One technology delivered under the CSR model with dedicated partners is a proven effective approach towards improving public health and managing local water resources in rural India,” said Kevin Loiselle, President and CEO of Clearford.
Clearford’s activity in India has grown in recent months, with construction of two other village sanitation projects underway in Gujarat and Tamil Nadu States (previously announced on December 20, 2018), and signing of a fifth project contract for sanitary servicing at an industrial facility—this latest at the Mahindra Vehicles Manufacturing Ltd. plant in Pune, Maharashtra, scheduled for completion by the end of May 2019.
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