Press Releases 2011
Hyderabad | January 13, 2012
U.S. Senator inaugurates WaterHealth’s 500th WaterHealth Center
U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner from Virginia inaugurated Water Health International’s 500th WaterHealth Center, a water purification plant, in the Kompally village of Ranga Reddy District on January 12, 2012.
Senator Warner is leading a five-member congressional delegation on a visit to India. The delegation is meeting with top government and business leaders in New Delhi, Jaipur, Hyderabad, and Kolkata to expand business, trade, defense and cultural relationships between the two countries.
Senator Warner was joined by Senators Michael Bennet from Colorado and Tom Udall from New Mexico at the Water Health Center inauguration. U.S. Consul General Katherine Dhanani, former US Ambassador to India Richard F. Celeste and IFC Portfolio Manager Shalabh Tandon also attended the inauguration.
WaterHealth International (WHI) is a leading social enterprise committed to providing scalable and affordable potable water systems to underserved populations in rural and urban areas in India, West Africa, Bangladesh and Philippines. The company’s Water Health Centers are currently providing safe drinking water to over 5 million people. The company’s goal is to provide 100 million people access to safe drinking water by the year 2016.
“Like any crusade, the initial expansion takes time and effort. However at a certain point (generally referred to as the tipping point), the growth becomes exponential. For WaterHealth, the 500th site is the tipping point in the short history of 5 years of the company,” said Vikas Shah, Chief Operating Officer of Water Health India.