Maruti Suzuki India Ltd has set up a Water ATM in Manesar Village with a popular exceeding over one lakh in Haryana as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program. The company has altogether set up 10 Water ATMS in its adopted villages in Haryana. These water ATMS have cumulatively dispensed around 5 lakh litres of safe drinking water benefitting the residents.
Supported by Maruti Suzuki and set up by Waterlife India, the Water ATM facility is built on self-sustaining model. Maruti Suzuki has borne the initial project cost. The Manesar village panchayat has provided the land and is the project owner. The panchayat will provide the water and electricity to run the ATM. Waterlife India will undertake operations and maintenance of the plant for a period of ten years, and will sell water at a nominal rate of 35 paisa per litre, Rs. 7 for 20 litres.
The Water ATM has a capacity to generate 1000 litres of drinking water per hour. The 10 stage UV filtration technology by Waterlife ensures the water meets WHO and ISO10500 standards and retains essential minerals.
The technology also helps in minimal water rejection: only 25% (1/4th) compared to conventional water purification systems. This minimal wastage of water helps to lower the per litre cost.