According to The Water Gap – WaterAid’s State of the World’s Water 2018, more than 163 million people in the country lack access to clean drinking water, highest in the world. Climate change had a severe impact on the availability of water especially during the mid-summers as locals had to walk miles to fetch water.
The problem with water scarcity impacts every family, and at the same time, wastage beings at every household. It is observed that India has 18% of the world’s population but has only 4 percent access to global water justifying the stress situation India is experiencing for decades.
More often, water problem is considered as government failure in managing the available resources. But, the harsh reality is, a collective failure from the citizens who couldn’t manage it well by not realizing its worth.
But today, Technology has come to embrace the situation and is finding ways to conserve water in ways no one has ever imagined. Here are some of the 5 startups working towards one common goal, that is, Water.
OCEO is a smart water purification that gives value in every drop. It is an IoT enabled smart purifier that is designed based on a decentralized managed system which can be widely used by households, offices and shared accommodations.
In 2008, the Piramal Foundation started Sarvajal which means “Water For All” as a pilot project in Bagar, Rajasthan. The aim of Piramal was to provide affordable safe drinking water through the introduction of technology and pure drinking water solutions.
Swajal’s intent is to provide accessible, affordable and reliable clean drinking water to citizens across the country. The unit’s strength is to use bold, innovative and exciting ideas to tackle water challenges. Swajal strongly believes clean drinking water is a fundamental right for every living being. Swajal is a manufacturer of innovative, industry-leading and technology-driven water ATM water vending machines that are connected to the IoT platform and stored in a cloud.
Indra is essentially solving the toughest water management, treatment and process challenges globally. The company boasts about smart and decentralized water treatment systems by leveraging the technology. The company has developed SMART turnkey solutions enabling to recycle the toughest wastewater and effluents in the industry. This includes sewage treatment plants (STP) for residential/commercial establishments and industrial effluent treatment plants (ETP) in the textile/dye industries and chemical industries.
The Pune-based startup’s smart water meters help in gathering data from multiple water meters and send it to the cloud server. It can provide leak detection services, analysis for daily consumption and billing, offer a graphical comparison usage of water with other houses of the same type, and send notifications when thresholds are crossed thereby saving water.
While technology is being developed to change the way we use water, it’s important for us to spare a thought about how we have to save water for future generations.