Start-up Sarvajal, founded in 2008 by the Piramal Foundation, has developed a series of ATM-style dispensers that distribute affordable, clean drinking water to customers using an ATM card.
The question is not whether providing clean water contributes to the well-being of any community – a mountain of evidence suggests that not only is it important, but it is absolutely critical for health and economic development. The question is: how do you ensure that clean water is actually being provided continually?
Sarvajal’s technologies help bring clean water to slum villages and urban areas in India, getting rid of waiting in long lines and carrying heavy water tanks. Gigaom reports that the company has installed 35 water ATMs and plans to launch another 50 in the next few months.
They are managed by local franchisee entrepreneurs and equipped with sensors that monitor water pressure and filtration, and make maintenance cheap and easy. You can learn more about the water ATMs in the video below: