Down here in Tasmania we’re blessed with some of the cleanest water and air in the World, however many countries aren’t quite that lucky. One in eight people in the World don’t have access to clean drinking water. In India alone over 40 million people suffer from waterborne diseases every year.
In rural India , Piramal Water Private Limited hopes to address this issue with a solar-powered ATM that dispenses clean water. Sold under the brand-name of Sarvajal ( Water for All ) treated water can be obtained from the ATMs using pre-paid cards or coins. The ATMs are connected to the mobile network to monitor water usage and to identify maintenance issues.
A litre of water costs around $0.006 or less. Doesn’t sound like much does it, but then the average rural Indian only earns about $0.60 a day.
Certainly something to think about next time your go to the tap to make your next cup of tea or coffee. 🙂
Check out more information like the number of ATMs deployed at Sarvajal.