Connaught Place in New Delhi, with its concentric structure and Georgian style buildings, can easily be called the heart of the city. People stand in long queues and muscle through crowds to check out a new shop, an apparel store, a milkshake stand, get reservation at a new restaurant or even try out a new ice-cream flavor. All happens at Delhi’s darling CP. And to supplement those charms that CP has to offer, people stand in long queues to withdraw money from ATMs. However, these days’ people can be seen queuing to get water from an ATM
Recently, New Delhi Municipal Council collaborated with Water Gen, an Israel based company, to set up a water ATM in Connaught Place. The special feature of this Water ATM is that it does not require any refills or water storage; it creates water literally out of thin air.
Water Gen’s water ATM works on a simple mechanism. It draws moisture from the air in the atmosphere and passes it through multiple filters. This cleans all the pollutants and anomalies from the water. After the process of cleaning the air moisture, it is then condensed in the system and converted into water droplets. Finally, the machine adds minerals to these water droplets and then transforms the air moisture into drinkable water, thus creating water from air.
This concept, which might seem a bit out of place for the common man now, can harbor long term impact on water related issues in India. Apart from reducing plastic pollution owing to bottled water, this ATM, when installed in different parts of the country, can provide clean, drinking water in villages and in remote areas, where people have to struggle and walk long distances to get access to clean water.
PRAJWALA GHATE | TOC
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