Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) on Friday inaugurated its fifth Water ATM facility in Gujarat. Set up in Naviyani village in Surendranagar district, the Water ATM will benefit over 2800 community members. Fresh, clean water will be available at a nominal rate of 35 paisa per litre, the automaker said.
Built on a self-sustaining model, the facility has a capacity to generate over 1,000 litres of water per hour.
“Access to drinking water was identified as a major issue in Maruti Suzuki adopted villages. In Naviyani Village, the TDS levels of bore-well water was as high as 2,000, making it unsafe for human consumption. The 10-stage UV filtration process used in the Water ATM has now brought down the levels by around 90%, which is within the permissible range,” said A K Tomer, Executive Advisor, Corporate Social Responsibility, Maruti Suzuki India Limited.
Maruti Suzuki has partnered with Waterlife India, to set up this Water ATM. The Company has invested the initial project cost of over Rs 20 lakhs, while the village panchayat provides land, water and electricity. Waterlife India will continue to manage operations and maintain the Water ATM for next ten years. The facility will be owned by the village panchayat.
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