‘Water ATMs’ deliver liquid assets in India’s capital

One of 24 ATMs being piloted across Delhi.
Two years ago, Anand Shah, founder of Indian firm Sarvajal, wrote in our op-ed pages about how the company had developed solar-powered ‘water ATMs’ to get clean and affordable water to people in remote parts of India. Shah ended by sharing his vision to have a water vending machine in every village and on every city corner, as a simple solution to a lack of drinking water in the developing world.

By last November Sarvajal had convinced the Delhi authorities to collaborate in a pilot project, and 24 ATMs are now in place across the city. SciDev.Net visited one of the five ATM machines in Dwarka Sector 3 Resettlement Colony — an unplanned neighbourhood without any public services — to find out how the company is expanding its urban presence.

This image gallery shows how Sarvajal’s facilities treat water and supply the vending machines in the colony, where the water is sold for a fraction of the price of bottled water. Operations manager Amit Mishra takes us through the workings of the equipment that cleans the water, which is then delivered to the solar-powered, cloud-connected vending machines installed […]

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