India: Aqua Solutions BASF Teams Up with NMMC to Provide Safe Water in Navi Mumbai
The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation has set up a ‘Water ATM’ in order to provide clean water to the residents. BASF's ultrafiltration solution is one of the technologies that is used to purify the harvested water in this unique machine.
Mumbai/India – Over 10,000 citizens from Turbhe Store, a suburb of Navi Mumbai, India will now have access to clean and affordable drinking water through the ‘Landmark Project’, a water and sanitation initiative by BASF, with the support of the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC). The concept for the Landmark Project was first developed through a series of social dialog sessions in Mumbai during BASF’s 150th anniversary activities in 2015, and has now come to fruition in an innovative, community-based social business model.
In the first phase of the Landmark Project, a rainwater harvesting plant and a smartcard based community water treatment plant, commonly referred to as a ‘water ATM’, were introduced in Navi Mumbai by the NMMC Mayor Jayawant Dattatray Sutar, along with Dr. N. Ramaswami, Commissioner, NMMC and Dr. Raman Ramachandran, Chairman and Managing Director, BASF India and Head, BASF South Asia, as well as other dignitaries from BASF and NMMC.
The Landmark Project was set up by BASF on land provided by NMMC, and after two years will be handed over, to be owned and operated by a local community-based organisation. It represents a holistic approach to water and sanitation. The solar powered, cashless water ATM will dispense potable drinking water when accessed with a debit card. Uniquely, water is harvested from rain and other sources, and is purified using innovative technologies including an ultrafiltration solution from BASF. Creating a revenue stream from the water ATM will help ensure its long-term viability, ensuring continuing funds for maintenance of the water ATM and rainwater harvesting system.
inge, BASF’s brand of ultrafiltration membranes, utilises patented and highly robust Multibore fibers made from Pesm – a modified Polyethersulfone – in an In-to-Out filtration process. Extremely tiny pores of only 20 nanometers diameter inside the membranes provide a secure barrier against suspended solids, viruses and other microorganisms and let only pure water pass.