An Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, Alumnus has succeeded in setting up water ATMs for providing nice drinking water to the common man at affordable rates.
Founder of Akshay Jal
ATMs, the IIT alumnus aims at providing clean mineral water to the
less fortunate at cheap rates. In the words of the founder, Vaibhav
Vajpayee, “A commodity like mineral water is available only to the
upper sections of the society because of its high cost. So we
designed the water ATM in a way that would provide water to the lower
strata as well.”
The water ATM works like any other cash dispensing
one. Once the water ATM card is touched upon a panel on the machine,
the machine then dispenses water into a container. Water at these
ATMs is available at a cost of Rs.5 (five) for 20 litres while
mineral water costs from Rs. 12-15 per litre otherwise.
The whole plant has 11 filtration units. After
passing through these eleven units, the water is then dispensed
through the ATM. Around 1,500 litres of water take one hour to be
processed in the plant.
The ATM also offers home delivery service at rupees
10 per delivery.
The team involved with the above invention plans to
take this concept to rural areas as well, but since regular flow of
electricity is a problem in many rural areas, they are planning for
setting up solar systems to run the plant.
Let’s hope the above technique of providing water
to the common man proves to be a success in many parts of the India.
Hoping the above favours consideration at the right