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Water vending machines: How equitable are they?

February 17, 2016
Girls getting water from ATM ©Sarvajal

Girls getting water from ATM ©Sarvajal

This is an update on the blog post that originally appeared on 07.31.2013

Water vending machines: How equitable are they?

Water ATMs have been in use in India for a decade but

  • Who are they helping?
  • Are they fulfilling their objective?
  • Are they providing safe and clean drinking water to the poor at a low cost?

A water ATM, as the name implies, is a sort of water vending machine similar to bank ATMs except that in a water ATM, money goes in to the machine in return for water. These machines, which run on a cash as well as a prepaid card or smart card system are built, owned and operated by private companies that have rights over public resources such as land and water. It is also not clear how much of groundwater a company can draw in a day.

Please head over to India Water Portal for the full story

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