In an area outsideHyderabad, India,between the suburbsand the countryside,a young woman—we’ll call her Shanti—fetches water dailyfrom the always-openlocal borehole that is about 300 feet from her home. She uses a 3-gallon plastic container that she can easily carry on her head.Shanti and her husband rely on the free water for their drinkingand washing, and though they’ve heard that it’s not as safe as waterfrom the Naandi Foundation-run community treatment plant, theystill use it. Shanti’s family has been drinking the local water for……

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