Bhubaneshwar Municipal Corporation and Piramal Sarvajal have signed an agreement for providing safe drinking water to the residents of Bhubaneshwar through a decentralized community-level solution.
Bhubaneshwar is the first smart city in India to initiate such a project, ensuring safe drinking water not only to the underserved communities but also the commuters. The tenure of this project is for five years and involves setting up of four hub purification units and 40 solar powered and cloud connected water ATMs.
A purification unit works on a reverse osmosis and UV based filtration technology. The water is filtered through five stages and the quality is in accordance with the international drinking water quality standard, ISO 10500. The filtered pure water is then dispensed through a modular RFID controlled standalone water dispensing unit.
According to Vasu Padmanabhan, CEO, Piramal Sarvajal, the Hub and Spoke model developed by Piramal Sarvajal will not only reduce chances of water borne diseases in the city but will also set benchmarks in providing low cost, high-quality, clean-tech and smart public service in the drinking water space.”
Piramal Sarvajal has already partnered with Delhi Jal Board, Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) and Delhi Integrated Multi-Model Transit System (DIMTS) to provide safe drinking water to the city’s residents. This social enterprise has been able to successfully demonstrate sustainable community
level decentralized drinking water solutions built upon the foundation of quality control, operational accountability and price transparency. Cashless transactions, off-grid capability, pay-per-use methodology, 24×7 service availability, user-level transaction mapping, real-time impact monitoring and provision for targeted subsidies are some of the unique advantages offered by Hub and Spoke model adopted by Piramal Sarvajal.