BENGALURU: The PepsiCo Foundation will expand its water access initiatives with an aim at positively impact 2,00,000 people in communities around its plants.
PepsiCo Foundation said that it will provide a US $4.26 million grant to WaterAid, an international non-profit, to provide safe water access to communities in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Kerala by December 2020.
The project is in line with Goal 6 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which covers access to safe water and sanitation. Globally, PepsiCo, through its ‘Performance with Purpose 2025 agenda’, has a goal to provide access to safe water to a total of 25 million people since 2006 in the world’s most at-risk areas.
Over the next three years, WaterAid in India will focus on implementing solutions that will help increase access to clean water; build community and government capacity to manage water resources including regular water quality testing, conduct trainings for operation and maintenance; and educate community members to adopt sustainable sanitation and hygiene practices.
These solutions are aimed at helping improve water security for these communities and will also promote water conservation and recharge measures including rainwater harvesting.