Developed by start-up Sarvajal, the technology provides people with better access to safe resources.

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?

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