The Mangalagiri India Project


This project is in South East India in the town of Mangalagiri (“Mon gah la giri”). Mangalagiri is located on the South-West corner of Vijayawada which is part of the capital region in the state of Andhra Pradesh.

This project is a partnership with a private businessman who has already donated a building and deep bore well on the edge of town. A site visit by GWC staff was conducted in July of 2017 to evaluate the needs to get the project operational.

Price Tag: $75,000 USD

Plan: Use existing building and bore well (280’) to make a non-mobile water manufacturing plant using the primary water source. Will need to add a concrete floor to the building and purchase additional pumping, pipes, filtering processes, and storage containers for (raw and safe) water. Will use existing power but will add generator back-up as service is not always reliable. Will need to add mechanisms to distribute; vehicle, containers/lids, etc.

A Tata truck will be purchased and fitted to distribute containers to the market that is out of walking distance and to provide business deliveries.

Timeline: Implement 2018 as funding is available.



  • Expected: 126 lives per year saved; 631 lives saved over 5 yr project cycle; $119 USD to save 1 life.
  • Expected: 111,430 lives positively impacted per year (557,150 per 5 yr project cycle) with the elimination of illness (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramping, and intestinal worms); $0.135 USD to positively impact 1 life.
  • Above numbers based on an 8-hour work day, reasonable to expect a 12-hour work day and above stats would increase by 50%.


  • This project will be able to provide water for Non-Resident Indians or “NRI’s” in the Autonagar slum as well as the daily construction workers (a mix of NRI and Indian) to build the meet the city’s expansion and growth.
  • This project will be able to manufacture enough drinking water (167,146 liters in 8 hrs. operation/day) to provide drinking water for up to 55,715 people or all water needs for 12,156 family units.


  • Mr. Surendra Ganji will be the GWC project manager (see picture).
  • Additional workers will be hired upon project funding.
The project manager; Mr. Surendra Ganji and Pete Savard, GWC.
Autonagar slum.
A water pipe in the slum.
Empty water container in the slum.
Housing on the edge of the slums
Water source on the edge of the dump.
Moving water by bicycle.
Water pipe at the edge of the slums.
Construction areas on the edge of the city where workers are at.
Shack housing at the edge of the slums.
Workers getting water from a truck (far right).
Close up of the water truck selling water to the workers.
The building for the water project (back side of property).
Front side of building for water project.
Inside of building, unfinished.
Water source outside, bricked in.
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