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Water ATMs coming for the masses
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 quarters.

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