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Thanks you Christopher. We appreciate your support.

Hi Langston, thanks for your questions and interest in our work. To answer your questions, we had some initial hostility from sellers of RO water who are also new in the market and have a delivery model (but no awareness work) which targets the better-off families. Afraid of losing customes they spread incorrect information about our water and intentions as an NGO, however we solved this by 1. explaining the differences in water to the villagers and 2. directly talking to the RO sellers and explaining our approach. Now we have no hostility and to some extend a good working relation.
I am not quite sure what you mean by 'making jobs available at the water shed'. We currently employ 3 local people directly in the supply of water and they also maintain and sell water from the plant when not doing deliveries.
We currently can cover operational costs with our water sales but need to expand to be able to cover set up costs (although at this point we hope to accelerate that expansion through grants/public support). We also partly fund ourselves by providing the water commercially (ie at weddings) at a higher rate which offsets the social cost for poor families.
We take a holistic approach and see water, sanitation, energy, education, waste management etc as all part of the combined problem and therefore part of the combined solution. Our experience is that increased knowledge around the importance of drinking clean water automatically brings a willingness to look at one's health as a whole including the use of toilets (we have lowered the open defecation rate to under 50% - from 87% - through our sanitation program in 2 years). Finally we have no plans for a plumbing system currently as this brings a complexity (and access to infrastructure) which we currently don't have the means to pursue, however, we know that local government is looking at this and we may be able to  collaborate at some stage in the future as we do now around sanitation.
I hope I could answer your questions,
best, Team United for Hope

Thanks for your interest in our work Ankit and your support. We appreciate it very much.