‘Water ATMs the next necessity in a water-stressed country’

The reports state that while aquifers provide 85 per cent of drinking water, their levels are falling in 56 per cent of the country.
At the same time, providing the rural-areas with affordable potable drinking water through water-ATMs is the next step, say people in business.
Among the latest and one of the firsts in past two years, a Water ATM, providing potable drinking water at Rs 2 per litre was recently installed at Khoda village in Ghaziabad district by JanaJal.
The first water ATM of UP was installed in Mathura.
"We are committed to make a difference and make Right to Water a distinct reality in the life of every Indian but for the we also solicit and seek support from corporate India to further this cause in an affordable and sustainable manner and make this precious resource available to one and all," Agarwal said.
The water is procured from the nearest source, underground, lake, river or wells and sent to lab before being uploaded on the ATMs.
"On the occasion of World Environment day, we wish to point out that 2 billion people are suffering due to lack of access to safe drinking water.
The current availability of water per person per year in India is placed at roughly 1,745 cubic metres.
A Central Water Commission report states that over the past five decades, availability of fresh water has dropped from 3,000 cubic metres to 1,123 cubic metres today.
At present about 1,123 billion cubic metres of fresh water is available in India of which 84 per cent is used in agriculture.

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