Located in the Sangareddy district of Telangana, Yesgi is a village of over 1150 residents. Yesgi’s community is mainly agricultural, growing red and green gram (pigeon peas and mung beans) and corn. Like much of Sangareddy, Yesgi's groundwater has levels of total dissolved solids (TDS) in excess of 500ppm, the World Health Organization's maximum limit for safe drinking water.
TDS measures salts, minerals, and other organic content present in the water as microscopic particles. While many of these particles are harmless or even beneficial in small quantities, in excess, they can make water unpalatable, cloudy, and even dangerous to communities who rely on this water for drinking and cooking.
Especially dangerous are the high levels of groundwater fluoride endemic to many regions of India, including Yesgi. In excess, fluoride causes gastrointestinal problems, cardiovascular issues, and can ultimately lead to fluorosis. Fluorosis affects afflicted individual's bones and joints. In its mildest forms, it can cause tooth decay and chronic joint pain, but more severe cases can result in debilitating bone and skeletal deformations.
Last September, with the support of Krishnan-Shah Foundation and in coordination with the village Gram Panchayath, we worked with Yesgi residents to create a new Community Pure Water water purification center to help protect village residents from the dangers of contaminated water.
Every Community Pure Water water purification treats water with five stages of water treatment, removing 99% percent of contaminants. Help support more communities like Yesgi by donating to Community Pure Water today.