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Water ATMs coming soon, Noida gives nod

Water ATMs coming soon, Noida gives nod: Noida has decided to put up innovative mobile water dispensing machines to be used by residents and thirsty passersby. Reports claimed that the Noida Authority is soon going to install water ATMs across the city just like bank ATMs.

However, the water will not come for free. Reports suggested that one has to pay Rs 5 per litre or Rs 2 for 250ml for the filtered water that can be availed through prepaid cards, coins or a mobile application.

“We expect to scale up the project in the coming months in terms of number of machines and locations. Through this technology, the public can now get clean drinking water by swiping their smart cards in the machines or even by using mobile app. Once the pilot proves successful, there could soon be a network of such water ATMs at the city’s busiest places,” Saumya Srivastava, Deputy CEO (DCEO), Noida Authority, told TOI.

It would be interesting to seek whether such water ATMs would be installed in Jamia Nagar where there is no piped water connection and residents are in dire need of water as they buy it.

Srivastava further told TOI that project is the brainchild of an NGO iGlory Foundation, which is ISO 9001:2015 certified with FSSAI license. The NGO will bear the cost of the water dispensing machine, which purifies water using reverse osmosis and holds 300 litres at a time. The Authority only has to provide space fr locating the dispensers. “All Metro stations and crowded market places have been identified as probable locations for setting up these dispersers,” Srivastava said. “The popularly available ice-water trolleys are unhygienic and bottled mineral water is expensive. With these water ATMS, things will change,” he added.

Sandeep Bohra, founder of the NGO that is behind the project, told TOI: “The machines are solar powered, the paper cups and residual water after Reverse Osmosis (RO) will be reused. We also plan to launch awareness campaigns for schools and college students. The machine will be loaded with CCTV cameras for women safety and LED panels will display water conservation slogans.”

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