This project was
directed by the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust and carried out by
Larsen & Toubro Limited, with the collaboration of the
Government of Andhra Pradesh. The project cost over U.S. $63
million, which was donated to the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust
without any kind of solicitation.
One of the unique charitable activities undertaken by the Trust is the provision of drinking water to lakhs of people in the drought-prone rural areas of Anantapur, Medak and Mahaboobnagar Districts of Andhra Pradesh.
The problem of drinking water in India is acute. Of a total number of about 13 lakh habitats, 4 lakh habitats are either not covered at all or only partially covered. It is therefore very appropriate that the Trust has taken the initiative for providing safe drinking water through the "Sri Sathya Sai Water Supply Project", which has become a model for other districts in the State and the Country.
The SRI SATHYA SAI WATER SUPPLY PROJECT for Anantapur district was undertaken during the years 1995-97. Ananthpur district is one of the most chronically drought affected areas in the country, where the available ground water has high fluoride content. It is in fact in the context of such high fluoride content that the project was designed to make use of surface water from the Tungabhadra Canal.
This project is unique in many ways.It is the first of its kind in the country in its scope. Secondly, it is the first project totally funded by a Charitable Trust. Thirdly, it was completed in a record time.