A latest study cites that more than 97 million people lack access to safe drinking water in India while The World Bank estimates that 21% of communicable diseases in India are related to unsafe water. Lack of access to reliable water supply is prevalent in both urban and rural areas in the country. Thus, Grundfos Lifelink water solutions recently came up with an innovative technology to empower water service providers to provide a more reliable water supply to consumers.In an event at a city hotel on December 6th, a unique mobile water purification and water ATM system was launched by Grundfos and eKutir. The product was launched by the Minister of Law and Panchayat Raj, Government of Odisha, Arun Kumar Sahoo in the presence of Managing Director of the Grundfos Lifelink, Peter Todbjerg Hansen, Founder & Director of eKutir, K.C.Mishra and Bhubaneswar-North MLA, Priyadarshi Mishra among others. The initiative aims at access of purified water at a cheap price thereby ensuring pure drinking water for all and in turn create a healthy society.
The mobile water purification system comprises of a pre-treatment unit, AQ pure (UF & UV based water treatment system) that will travel to certain identified rural pockets near Bhubaneshwar to treat the surface water/bore well water and convert it into safe and clean drinking water.
The aqua tap, being one of the latest and high quality water ATM is driven by solar power and therefore can be used everywhere including the rural areas. People would be issued a card through which the quantity of water usage can be traced easily and beneficiaries can be conveniently connected with the supplier.
Peter Todbjerg, MD of Grundfos Lifelink who spoke at the product launch said, “It is our belief that such unique and sustainable water purification solutions will ensure optimal utilisation of the system, extended outreach to rural masses, enhanced health and also support the business to flourish. We believe in the co-operation between technology leaders and local entrepreneurs to implement innovative solutions and make a difference for people with little or no access to clean drinking water. We look forward to partnering with government and private sectors to deploy our proven solutions in India.”
Adding to it, K.C.Mishra of eKutir said, “SVADHA, a social business outfit of eKutir is trying to make safe water available to all the communities at their doorstep. We are encouraging Panipreneurs by making available the latest technology from the reputed company like Grundfos. Our mission for Odisha is to establish a Water Brigade to provide sustainable drinking water solutions to all the communities.”
Also speaking at the inaugural event, Minister Arun Sahu said, “This is an enterprising initiative by eKutir and Grundfos. We assure to extend our support to the scheme by providing subsidies for the entrepreneurs so that they can provide good service to the people.”
According to Grundfos, the purified water will be dispensed employing the Grundfos Water ATM (AQtap) at an affordable price to the rural communities. The process has already started in Bhubaneswar and projected to start at Manguli in Cuttack and Chilika in Puri.