If only water were dispensed like cash at a water ATM. It would save us the trouble of looking for a shop that sells bottled water, or a local tap to quench our thirst. It would even prevent the wastage of thousands of plastic bottles. This means that we’d be able to get a quick drink of aqua while simultaneously reducing our carbon footprint. Wouldn’t that be amazing?! It is, thanks to one start-up.
Meet Decentrik Technologies – a social start-up that’s looking to transform how we access water. The Lucknow start-up is aimed at making green technology as ubiquitous and low-cost as possible. In line with this is its ‘Waah‘ mobile water ATM. Yes. The system actually dispenses 250 ml of water for just Rs 2. Looking like fancy tempos, the ATMs also provide recycled and reusable paper glasses. A smart roadside drinking water dispenser, the innovation is as creative as it is useful. So, we don’t just save plastic from bring wasted in the form of bottles, but also as cups. What’s more is that Decentrik has ensured its system does not lead to carbon emissions.
But, these aren’t the only features that make the system worthy of its Waah title. The start-up’s mobile ATMs are also IoT-based. They also pack a number of built-in high-fidelity sensors. Moreover, the system is integrated with GPS, and is also a form of cloud-based technology. The mobile water ATMs also incredibly feature real-time displays of water quality. Finally, the ATMs will even shut down by themselves if there is any breach of set standards. And of course, to add to it all, there’s also an app that works to help you locate a Waah ATM when you’re parched. So nifty!
Decentrik Technologies has created a system that could very well be groundbreaking. According to the futuristic beverage-vending solutions provider, its innovation could prevent the accumulation of approx 1,550-3,500 kgs of plastic waste each year. Promising hygiene, affordability and convenience, the start-up’s Waah mobile water ATMs are already receiving a Rs 50 lakh seed funding from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IIT-Kanpur). If all goes well, we might soon see an ingenious water ATM in a location near us. Until then, we wish the Decentrik team the very best as they continue in their aim to quench India’s thirst. One thing’s for sure though – they’re definitely making the country go Waah!