Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak, founder of Sulabh Sanitation Movement in India, has been awarded the 2009 laureate by the co-founders of the Stockholm Water Prize, initiators of Water for the World programme and two leading plastics companies - Borealis and Borouge. The Stockholm Water Prize annual laureate is announced each March in connection with the UN World Water Day and is administered by the Stockholm International Water Institute. Dr. Pathak has is known round the world for the development of cost-effective and culturally acceptable public toilets and waste water treatment systems which are now used daily by 10 mln poor people in India. Other work includes hygiene and health education models for urban slums and poor communities aimed at emancipating the lives of million of people.
William Yau, CEO of Borouge Pte, says, "We can make a substantial contribution to addressing the water and sanitation challenges. Durable cost-effective and corrosion free, plastics solutions are core to water and sanitation systems. By leveraging our know-how and partnerships, we accelerate the transfer of technologies and adoption of sustainable solutions in poor rural communities and large modern cities alike." Committed to going beyond business, in addition to their involvement in the Stockholm Water Prize, Borealis and Borouge initiated Water for the World, a programme that leverages the companies' expertise to better manage water resources and improve the access to water and sanitation around the globe. Borouge leads several 'Water for the World' projects in India such as the connection to secured water supply to 30,000 villagers in the State of Maharashtra. The prize, which entails a US$ 150,000 award, is the creation of international companies in co-operation with the City of Stockholm.