SGS India adopts MP village to provide access to safe drinking water
‘Sarvajal’ Village Water ATM Project for Chandrawatiganj Village in Madhya Pradesh.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018: SGS India today inaugurated the ‘Sarvajal’ Village Water ATM Project for Chandrawatiganj Village in Madhya Pradesh. The project was inaugurated by the Managing Director – SGS India and Sri Lanka – Mr. Cresenciano G Maramot. It is a joint initiative between SGS India and the Ajay D Piramal Foundation which uniquely combines technology and science to effectively address the major challenge faced day-on-day by the villagers – that of affordable and safe drinking water.
This project comes as the third such successful implementation by SGS India, former ones being in Maharashtra - Yeoti Village near Osmanabad, Nanded Dist. and Bhaur Village in Jalgaon Dist. The success of the earlier models of water ATM’s is further replicated for Chandrawatiganj village which is expected to benefit nearly 7000 residents of this village.
The unique Water ATM model involves set up of a remotely tracked and controlled community-level drinking water purification system that uses smart cards to create price transparency and quality accountability right up to the last mile. The water purification system is fitted with a ‘Soochak’ device which captures minute-by-minute machine status on the backend server allowing operation teams to remotely monitor the water quality, flow and quantity for optimum processing and machine fitness. The Water ATM is a solar powered, cloud-connected, smart card based automatic water vending machines that has resulted in a more transparent data backed system and has further helped in delivering a social impact by providing affordable, safe and 24/7 drinking water access to remotely located villages of India.
As we continue our pursuit of adding long term value to society, SGS India would keep investing in communities around us to positively impact lives and enable a more sustainable future. The Sarvajal Project is expected to complete 6 successful implementations by the first week of April 2018. Through this project, we have already impacted the lives of many as 16k people living in some of the most remote villages of the country which have long been facing extreme challenges for access to safe drinking water.
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