Global Challenge, Global Solutions: Solar-Powered Water-Dispensing ATMs

Piramal Sar­javal’s solar-powered wa­ter-dis­pens­ing ATMs de­liver clean drink­ing wa­ter to un­der­served com­munit­ies throughout In­dia.

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Clean Water through Solar- Powered ATMs


Through its wa­ter-dis­pens­ing ATMs, Piramal Sar­javal delivers clean drinking water to more than 300,000 people every day across 12 In­dian states. Cus­tom­ers pur­chase the wa­ter with pay-as-you-go smart cards, and as the wa­ter-dis­pens­ing ATMs are solar powered and cloud con­nec­ted, the com­pany is able to re­motely track wa­ter qual­ity and trans­ac­tions.

Along­side their 180 wa­ter-dis­pens­ing ATMs, the com­pany builds and man­ages more than 390 wa­ter puri­fic­a­tion units. Piramal Sar­javal op­er­ates un­der a fran­chise-based busi­ness model, mean­ing all ATMs and purification units are operated by local community members em­ployed un­der the sys­tem. Wa­ter is priced af­ford­ably, at a frac­tion of the cost of bottled wa­ter, and the sys­tem’s ease and struc­ture makes ac­cess­ing safe wa­ter hassle-free.

Sev­enty-six mil­lion In­di­ans do not have ac­cess to clean wa­ter, a ma­jor con­trib­ut­ing factor to the 140,000 child deaths each year from diarrheal dis­eases.1 By mak­ing safe, clean wa­ter more ac­cess­ible and af­ford­able, Piramal Sar­javal’s wa­ter-dis­pens­ing ATMs provide a cru­cial ser­vice to un­der­served pop­u­la­tions throughout In­dia.



By treat­ing and puri­fy­ing wa­ter, Piramal Sar­javal pre­vents more un­safe and pol­luted wa­ter from en­ter­ing the en­vir­on­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to the com­pany, rural In­dian wo­men spend 700 hours each year col­lect­ing wa­ter. Bring­ing clean wa­ter to their com­munit­ies frees up valu­able time for other activ­it­ies.

Piramal Sar­javal gen­er­ates about $4 mil­lion of eco­nomic activ­ity in the local com­munit­ies in which it op­er­ates, ac­cord­ing to the com­pany.

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