In an attempt to provide easy access to safe and clean drinking water, Bengaluru-based start-up Boson Whitewater has partnered with NGO SGBS Unnati Foundation to install water ATMs across villages in Karnataka.
The projects have been funded by ExxonMobil and Broadridge under their CSR initiative. Till date, 10 water ATMs have been installed in Malur and Doddaballapur villages on the outskirts of Bengaluru and over 1500+ families now have access to clean drinking water.
Unnati Foundation is a skilling organization for underprivileged youth across various States. It equips youths and claims to guarantee them jobs. According to a statement, they have trained over 28000 youth in the last financial year 2022-23. In addition, they assist villages in setting up Water ATMs to provide safe drinking water to rural communities.
Recently, a few village panchayats in Malur and Doddaballapur villages approached the company for help in enabling safe drinking water for their communities. Few of the areas were affected by heavy fluoride water contamination causing health issues in many families. In response, Unnati reached out to Boson Whitewater and decided to work together to achieve the goal.
After assessing the location proposed by Unnati Foundation, Boson Whitewater installed the water ATMs and provides Water ATM cards to the Panchayat. Each family is issued a Water Card with Rs 50 preloaded on it, which can be swiped to dispense 20 liters of water. In order to ensure the sustainability of the program, a nominal charge of Rs 5 per 20 litre per can of water is levied. The financial support for the project has been provided by ExxonMobil and Broadridge.
Commenting on the initiative, Ramesh Swamy, Director, of Unnati Foundation, said, “We would like to thank ExxonMobil and Broadridge for their financial support for the projects. This collaboration is a great example of how social ventures and private players can collaborate for the greater good of the community. Through our joint efforts, more people in rural communities can now have easy access to safe and clean drinking water, which is essential for health and well-being. We look forward to working closely with Boson Whitewater to reach many more rural communities across India”
Commenting on this, Vikas Brahmavar, CEO and co-founder of Boson Whitewater, said, “At Boson Whitewater, our overarching goal is to use our technology to create easy access to clean water. We look for opportunities like this that allow us to make a huge difference to communities that find it difficult to access clean water. We are excited about our partnership with Unnati Foundation and look forward to implementing more projects together in the future.”