India is facing severe challenges in the provision of drinking water, waste-water treatment and management of water systems. Only around 30 percent of the population have access to drinking water from a treated water source and often only for a few hours for a few days each week. The issue of water quality mostly impacts vulnerable people, calling urgently for an affordable solution.
The [LOTUS](https://www.lotus-india.eu/) (‘LOw-cost innovative Technology for water quality monitoring and water resources management for Urban and rural water Systems in India’) project assembles 21 outstanding European and Indian organisations with the aim to co-create, co-design and co-develop innovative low-cost technology for tackling India’s water and sanitation issues. LOTUS is funded by the EC DG Environment under the European Union Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme and by the Indian Government. The project started in 2019 and will continue until 2022.
inno TSD coordinates the LOTUS project alongside the École Polytechnique and two Institution of Technology in India. inno TSD is responsible for the stakeholder engagement work package which promotes social innovation by introducing co-creation, co-design and co-development approaches, engaging with multiple local stakeholders to facilitate successful EU-India cooperation in the water sector. This capacity development-based paradigm shift, building also on citizen science good practices, will lead to viable, affordable, sustainable and (socially) acceptable products.
inno TSD also coordinates the impact maximisation work package, to ensure that the project results are duly communicated, disseminated to various audiences and well exploited commercially.