Ambassador Spotlight: Arun Deb

Full Name: Arun K. Deb
Location: Downingtown, PA
Position and Company:  Adjunct Faculty, University of Pennsylvania; Vice President (Retired), Weston Solutions, Inc. 
What years did you serve on Water For People’s Board of Directors? 1996-2003
How are you still involved with Water For People? I am still a member of Pennsylvania Section of Water For People and help the Section in raising funds. I am also involved in Water For People India and I am always ready to help them when needed during my stay of 5 months in India each year.

Why is Water For People important to you? In my boyhood, I grew up in a rural village of India and understand the water and sanitation needs. My professional area of expertise is also water and sanitation engineering and as such I got involved with Water For People from the very start of the organization. With the help from Pennsylvania section of Water For People, I facilitated to start the project on remediation of arsenic from drinking water in West Bengal, India. 

Tell us about one of your favorite Water For People memories. After completion of several arsenic remediation projects, Water For People conducted an independent review of the program. During an interview with a woman, she was asked whether she is willing to pay 20 Indian Rupees per month for arsenic free water. She replied that we pay 20 Rupees per month but we save 150 Rupees per month in medical expenses and her son does not miss classes any more. In addition, she and all her family members carry arsenic free water with them when they visit relatives in neighboring villages.

Read more about PFC contamination in towns here.