The state government of Haryana has launched water ATM policy to provide clean drinking water at public places to the people of the state.
The information was shared by the state’s Urban Local Bodies Minister Kavita Jain on April 9, 2018. The Minister said that with the development, the residents of the cities in Haryana can now look forward to having a water ATM every 400 metres.
A proposal to this effect was approved by the state’s Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.
Where will the ATMs be fitted?
The municipalities have been given the responsibility of identifying public places such as bus-stands, railway stations, parks, bus stops, parking areas and markets to start the installation of water ATMs.
Functioning of Water ATMs
The functioning of the water ATMs would be ensured in three ways:
• The municipality would install the water ATMs and ensure that they function properly.
• The civic body would install it and hand it over to an agency for its smooth functioning.
• Corporate Social Responsibility would also be available to ensure the functioning of water ATMs.
The distance between two water ATMs would be 400 metres, which could be adjusted according to the convenience of people.
Water ATMs were previously installed in the states of Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Rajasthan and Gujarat and have been operating successfully.
The main features of water ATMs include:
• Fully automated, integrated, purification and dispensing unit
• Quality assured by real-time remote monitoring
• Solar powered, cloud-connected and RFID enabled
• Affordable price
• 24x7 reliable service
• No water wastage and no plastic waste
• Reduces use of plastic bottles
• Reduction in waterborne disease burden
• Easy access, enhanced consumer satisfaction
Who: Haryana Government
Where: Urban areas
What: To install water ATMs