Nearly 40% of the households in India still do not have access to potable water. Also, millions of Indians suffer from water-borne disease like hepatitis, choleric fever, etc. Recognising this, SAIL has been consistently providing potable water to the people of its township and those living in nearby areas. Each plant has ensured that the nearby villagers within the radius of 16 kms of its township have access to potable water. By installing 5,153 water sources, including borewells with handpumps, overhead tanks, ponds and taps, as well as by laying pipelines for transportation of water, SAIL has provided 38.63 lakh people drinking water. These facilities are provided within a radius of 1-2 kms of the targeted households and provide a minimum of 20 litres of water per day.
On an average, SAIL constructs 157 water infrastructure every year for people living in far-flung areas. In 2009-10, 439 such facilities were created providing potable water to 1,63,311 people.