Jivamritam: Amrita’s ₹100 Crore Clean Drinking Water Initiative for Rural India

The Jivamritam water filtration system was designed by faculty and students of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham and launched by the President of India, Sri Ram Nath Kovind in October 2017. Phase one aims to install drinking-water filtration systems in 5,000 villages and provide clean drinking water to 10 million people throughout India. Once complete, the system meets the daily needs of up to 2,000 people. Faculty and students are currently working to deploy the Jivamritam water filtration systems through the Live-in-Labs® program. Jivamritam is an on-going, multi-disciplinary applied-research project being implemented nation-wide.

‘Jivamaritam’ Filtration Systems for clean drinking water, was inaugurated by His Excellency,The President of India Ram Nath Kovind in the presence of Amma, Chancellor of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham; Justice P. Sathasivam, Honourable Governor of Kerala; Sri. Kadakampally Surendran, Honourable Minister for Devaswom, Tourism & Cooperation; Sri. K. C. Venugopal, MP and All India Congress Committee Secretary; and Sri. R. Ramachandran, MLA. The 100 crore project, designed and developed by the faculty members and students of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, aims to provide clean drinking water in 5,000 villages throughout the nation. Each Jivamritam System is capable of filtering the daily drinking-water needs of up to 400 five-member families.

“The Jivamritam System avails of a dual sand-and-activated-carbon filter to remove suspended particles and turbidity, followed by micron filters of five-micron and one-micron filtration. Each system also includes an ultraviolet water-purifier to remove pathogenic contamination, and two storage tanks — 2,000-litre-inlet and a 1,000-litre outlet — to keep treated and untreated water separate. The filtered-water tanks are integrated with taps to provide drinking water at the location of the system itself,” said Dr. Maneesha V. Ramesh, Dean, Amrita Center for International Programs, and the Jivamritam project head from Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.


At a function held today at the Mata Amritanandamayi Math in Kollam, Honourable President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated a new charitable initiative through which MAM aims to provide filtration for clean drinking water to one crore [10 million] villagers throughout India.

The initial phase of the project — which aims to install “Jivamritam” filtration systems for clean drinking water in 5,000 villages throughout the nation — is being completely funded by the Mata Amritanandamayi Math (MAM), at a projected cost of Rs. 100 crore [$15.27 Million U.S.]. Each Jivamritam System is capable of filtering the daily drinking-water needs of up to 400 five-member families.

The Jivamritam Filtration System was conceptualized and designed by faculty and students of Amrita University. The Math intends to deploy all 5,000 Jivamritam Systems within one year, provided we receive timely permissions from local administrations.

“The Jivamritam System avails of a dual sand-and-activated-carbon filter to remove suspended particles and turbidity, followed by micron filters of five-micron and one-micron filtration,” said Dr. Maneesha Sudheer, the Jivamritam project head from Amrita University. “Each system also includes an ultraviolet water-purifier to remove pathogenic contamination, and two storage tanks — 2,000-litre-inlet and a 1,000-litre outlet — to keep treated and untreated water separate. The filtered-water tanks are integrated with taps to provide drinking water at the location of the system itself.”

President Kovind inaugurated Jivamritam in Amma’s presence by unveiling a model system to thousands of Amma’s devotees who had gathered for the occasion. The President, Amma and the gathered crowd, then watched a Jivamritam System provide clean water to villagers in Clappana, Kollam, via a live-stream connection.

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