Water ATMs Bring Relief to India’s Slums

  1. Sustainability Problem

Water: Clean water is a basic necessity for everyone’s standard of living. It is needed for basic health and nutrition. However, in places like India, millions do not have access to clean water. In fact, India has the world’ highest number of people without access to clean water. Thus, innovative ways to distribute clean water in places like India is needed.

Source: http://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2016-03-22/india-has-the-most-people-without-clean-water-report-says

  1. Technology

Article: Solar-Powered ATMs Bring Clean Water to India’s Slums  

by Jeremy Hsu

Link: http://www.reuters.com/article/pakistan-solar-water-idUSL5N0Y51MO20150514

  • The solar-powered ATM dispenses water after the authentication of a scanned card, where the user can start and stop the flow of water
  • A flow control meter measures how much water is dispensed and sensors measure the amount of water still available
  • Each family is allowed a maximum of 30 liters of clean drinking water
  • Government can track water quality and quantity in real-time online to cut down water-waste
  1. Organizational Stakeholders
  • Government of Punjab
  • Punjab Saaf Pani
  • Innovations for Poverty Alleviation
  • Investors
  • General Public
  1. Implementation
  • Punjab Saaf Pani and Poverty Alleviation Lab are planning to install the water dispenser at 20 filtration plants to benefit 17,500 families
  • The organizations trying to acquire $23, 500 of funding in aid from UK Department of International Development to put the technology into production and install more of them in Punjab
  • The clean water drinking water project aims to provide more than 35 million people with water in 2 years in the region

Source:  https://propakistani.pk/2015/05/14/solar-powered-water-atms-will-provide-clean-drinking-water-in-punjab/


5 thoughts on “Water ATMs Bring Relief to India’s Slums

  1. This is great! Water scarcity is a huge problem, unfortunately, especially in slums of developing countries. Another city that I can think of, where this technology should be implemented is in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Dhaka is the fastest growing city (in terms of population) with the majority of people moving into slum areas. These slums are greatly suffering from a lack of water access, which causes many people to pay high prices for bottled water. Technology like the one mentioned here, if implemented at a low cost, could provide a solution for a city like Dhaka…Great find!


  2. I think this sounds like a good idea, and it is definitely necessary to find new ways to distribute clean water. It is interesting that there were quite a few negative comments at the end of this article. Clean water is clearly needed in other places and it seems like it made people angry (or envious) that this technology was being implemented in Punjab.


  3. Water ATM’s? What a great idea and it is most definitely needed. Hopefully, this idea can spread to other cities besides Punjab, where they have the same problem. I believe the hard part will be to make this solar powered Water ATM idea fair for all people that need water. Clean drinking water is so vital to so many people in the world. We should hope that this becomes the norm throughout the cities that need them.


  4. Thanks for this! I was actually looking into the water ATMs as well (http://www.energymatters.com.au/renewable-news/solar-water-atm-em4834/).

    I found that the water ATM providers – Sarvajal – offer many interesting programmes in India. (http://sarvajal.com/what-we-do.php). Their two operational models are 1. A single unit community solution whereby one purification system is installed in a community to provide a local entrepreneur with water for distribution by the water ATM; 2. Hub and spoke model which uses a centrally located purification system which provides water to be transported through trucks to different communities, and then distributed through the ATMs.

    These options allow local communities to use the same technology to cater specifically to their water situation and economic and social structure. Both systems also use data collection to monitor and maintain the quality of water.


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