Maruti Suzuki inaugurates 11 Water ATMs in Nelamangala, Karnataka

Deepthi | Myequity news | Date : 27-09-2018 15:15:00 IST

To offer clean drinking water at an affordable price, Maruti Suzuki today simultaneously operationalized 11 water ATMs across multiple villages in the area. These 11 water ATMs, designed as a sustainable model, will serve over 4000 households in the region. With these, Maruti Suzuki has established 26 Water ATMs across its adopted villages in Haryana, Gujarat and Karnataka.

Maruti Suzuki India Limited partnered WaterLife India to set up 11 Water ATMs, one each in Sompura, Bhartipura, Nidevanda, Karimanne, Yedahalli, Devaranahosahalli, Hallenahalli, Honnenahalli, Kuluvanahalli, Pemmanahalli, and Kengal Kempohalli villages in Nelamangala Taluk, Karnataka.

Dr. M Veerappa Moily, Former Union Minister and Member of Parliament, Dr K Sreenivasmurthy MLA, Mr Ranjit Singh, Vice President (CSR & Sustainability), Maruti Suzuki and the representatives of Village Panchayats inaugurated the Water ATMs at a gathering today.

On the occasion A K Tomer, Executive Director, Corporate Planning, Maruti Suzuki India Limited said, “Lack of clean and safe drinking water is a common issue we have observed across our adopted villages. These villages being in vicinity of industrial setups have high migrant population that creates a burden on the existing water and sanitation systems. Our aim therefore is to implement a solution that is sustainable and affordable. We are thankful to WaterLife for partnering with us in this initiative and appreciate the support extended by village panchayat. We hope people make the most of these facilities.”

The Water ATMs are set up in a partnership mode, where Maruti Suzuki bears the initial cost, WaterLife India provides the technology and maintains the facility for a period of 10 years and the village panchayat will provide the required land and electricity.

The water ATMs use a 10-stage UV filtration technology to remove all impurities, keep the TDS levels low and retain essential minerals. The technology also helps in minimal water rejection -- only 25 per cent compared to conventional water purification systems. Community members can benefit have to pay just 30 paise per litre of water. Built on a self-sustainable model, it is estimated that the Water ATMs will benefit around 300-400 households in each of the 11 villages.

About Maruti Suzuki’s Community Development Initiative:

Community Development is one of the three important pillars of Maruti Suzuki India Limited’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme – there two being in the areas of road safety and skill development. With the main objective to bring about an overall improvement in the quality of life of people residing around its manufacturing facilities, Maruti Suzuki has adopted 26 villages in Gujarat and Haryana collectively. Ensuring direct supervision and control, Maruti Suzuki’s interventions are focused to achieve results and make a meaningful impact on the lives of local people.

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