These self-service kiosks can take either rupees or pre-paid cards. One rupee, which equals a penny, dispenses about 2.6 gallons of treated water, NDTV reported. Although the system is for-profit, the price is much lower than buying water bottles, water pouches or four-gallon water jugs. Those options range from seven to 32 cents per quart, according to Frog Design's research. It's also more reliable and faster than waiting for a tanker.
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In rural Kanakapura, an area near Bangalore, a local politician and his businessman brother brought in a water ATM pilot program, the Telegraph's Dean Nelson wrote. While the program has been popular, NDTV's Radhika Iyer reported that it's unclear how long it will remain in place after elections. I do hope the kiosks stay and end up more than breaking even. Otherwise it's back to a gut-wrenching past.
Photo: Water tanker service is erratic and limited for this resettled slum in India. A new ATM-like network could provide predictable, affordable clean water. Credit: Journeys for Water report, Frog Design