“Problems of poverty are, on most occasions, inextricably linked with those of water —
its availability, its proximity, its quantity, and its quality.”
( United Nations’ World Water Report, 2015 )Sarvajal in Sanskrit means ‘Water for All’
Our Mission & Vision
Piramal Sarvajal, seeded by the Piramal Foundation in 2008, is a mission driven social enterprise which designs and deploys innovative solutions for creating affordable access to safe drinking water in underserved areas. Sarvajal is at the forefront of developing technologies and business practices in the safe drinking water sector that are designed to make a purely market-based model sustainable in both rural and urban deployment conditions.Currently, we are reaching out to about 4,30,000 consumers daily, through 1000 touch-points across 16 states
Our Mission: To Innovate, Demonstrate, Enable and Promote affordable safe-drinking water solutions.
Our Solution: Piramal Sarvajal sets up community level solutions that are locally operated but centrally managed on a market based pay per use system. While we are purification technology agnostic, we leverage cloud based technology for greater operational oversight. As such, our initiatives are low cost for high impact.
Where We Work:Across 16 States in India
- Madhya Pradesh
- NCT of Delhi
- Uttar Pradesh
- Himachal Pradesh
- Jammu & Kashmir
HOW IT ALL STARTED
Two thirds of the Indian terrain has no perennial river flowing through it, creating overdependence on ground water. Even today three quarters of India still drinks untreated water, inadvertently leading to losses ranging from diarrheal deaths to permanent fluorosis.
This was particularly poignant in the Piramal hometown of Bagar, situated in a water scarce region of Rajasthan. To change this, Sarvajal founder Anand Shah gave genesis to a program aimed at achieving low-cost scalable solutions serving “safe water for all.”
Since the initiative was bound to be a multi-location affair, distributed operations posed a serious challenge to efficiently and (cost) effectively managing the project. Also, generating sufficient demand meant breaking existing taboos around buying water by educating consumers about water-health linkages. Sarvajal’s team therefore innovated a solution that could be customized for the water contamination profile of any location with pioneering remote monitoring technology. It also invested in community awareness activities while tapping into local entrepreneurial drive and resources by adopting a franchise model.
Anand Piramal is currently the Executive Director of the Piramal Group and is responsible for its real estate business and is actively involved in group strategy, values and organisation development.See More
Piramal Enterprises Ltd
Nandini Piramal is Executive Director, Piramal Enterprises and leads the Over-The-Counter (OTC) business of the company. She heads the Human Resources function at Piramal Group and the Quality & Risk functions at Piramal HealthcareSee More
Paresh Parasnis is the CEO of the Piramal Foundation. He has been closely involved in developing innovative solutions for issues that are critical roadblocks towards unlocking India’s economic potential. Under his guidance, with a team of 2000+ employees, Piramal Foundation has received various recognitions such as Excellence award for Best Corporate Social Responsibility at the UBM India Pharma Award (2014) and a nomination for the Forbes Philanthropy Awards (2013 & 2014) among many others.
Anuj Sharma is an engineer by training, and a development practitioner and social entrepreneur by passion. He is engaged in designing and scaling up low-cost, high-impact, sustainable solutions for last 15 years. He has recently taken over as CEO of Piramal Sarvajal. A TATA-Amul scholar from IRMA, Santa Clara University’s GSBI Social Entrepreneurship Fellow, Anuj is also recognized as India’s most talented rural marketing professionals by CMO Asia. In his previous assignment he led Pratham’s Rajasthan Chapter and Read Rajasthan Campaign that reached out to 17,00,000 students in 40,000 government schools.
Marketing and Communication
Geeta is brand and marcom professional with more than 18 years of professional experience across diverse sectors spanning from media to electronics. She has a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and done her BA, Hons in Economics. Geeta leverages her marketing experience to conceptualise and implement various activations to connect with the target audience, enhance the brand value and create a positive image of the brand across markets.
Sanket Adeshra is a Finance Head of Piramal Sarvajal. He also heads Legal and ISO functions of the company. Sanket joined Piramal Sarvajal in 2011 and has played a critical role in executing smooth acquisitions and mergers. Sanket is a Qualified Chartered Accountant and Commerce Post Graduate from Gujarat University with a rich experience of more than 8 years. Sanket has successfully completed the Harvard ManageMentor certification course. He brings on board strong financial and analytical skills.