Overview

  • Despite billions of dollars being spent, 780 million people still lack access to clean, potable drinking water. According to the UN, 50% of all water projects fail because communities have not or cannot assume responsibility for maintenance and repairs of water systems. Drinkwell leverages the profit incentive to sustain community involvement from project inception through maintenance and upkeep by using our "Select, Build, Sell, Collect" approach. We operate a network of entrepreneurs that generate an income by selling clean drinking water that can improve the health, wealth, and productivity of the world's poorest populations. 
  • Drinkwell transforms existing arsenic-affected tubewells, which are a source of stigma and hardship, into local profitable water enterprises. These enterprises deliver clean water by employing local villagers and build local markets that catalyze economic opportunity, ultimately allowing villagers to realize their full potential.

Benefits

  • The easy-to-operate system provides safe drinking water through use of a resin-based regenerable adsorbent that can be started or stopped with no real time lag. Whereas current solutions use Reverse Osmosis (RO) technology that wastes 40-60% of input water, DrinkWell wastes only 1% of water.
  • Improved health outcomes due to access to clean water (households no longer at risk for cholera, diarrhea, arsenicosis, and other water-borne diseases).
  • Productivity and economic gains through time savings (women particularly spend 2-5 hours a day procuring water on a daily basis, valuable time that could be spent in school or engaging in income-generating activities).

 

A Micro-entrepreneur Business Model to reach Scale

Despite billions of dollars being spent, 780 million people still lack access to clean, potable drinking water. According to the UN Joint Monitoring Programme on Water and Sanitation, 50% of all water projects fail because communities have not or cannot assume responsibility for maintenance and repairs of water systems. Drinkwell leverages the profit incentive to sustain community involvement from project inception through maintenance and upkeep by using our "Select, Build, Sell, Collect" approach. We operate a network of entrepreneurs that generate an income by selling clean drinking water that can improve the health, wealth, and productivity of the world's poorest populations. 

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Waste Management

Drinkwell takes waste management very seriously, as the team has personally seen the adverse effects of improper waste management in current solutions that allow for arsenic to leach back into the soil, thereby repolluting the environment. Our system has an EPA-validated waste management process:

  1. Once our filter media is exhausted, the adsorbent material is regenerated (unlike most filters, whose media is simply discarded) through a simple process at a central location. This decreases the waste volume by “cleaning” the adsorbents of collected arsenic and catching the leftover arsenic-sludge in the filter, resulting in waste of only 1%.  The waste material is put into a  well-aerated, coarse sand filters for safe storage.
  2. The cleaned adsorbent material is then returned to the water unit, filtering water as if the unit were new.

This disposal technique, developed and validated under rural conditions, is scientifically more appropriate than dumping arsenic-loaded adsorbents into landfills, which is the typical practice in developed nations.

A diagram of our media flow can be viewed here

Testimonial

“Through this arsenic mitigation technology, we have been able to transform the health crisis into a revenue generating business while drinking safe water.”

- Sakti Sadhana Club Member (Ashoknagar, West Bengal, India)