Access to Clean & Hygienic Drinking water

An adaptable Water Purification Technology can be used by Individual & Community, to generate potable drinking water in an emergency.

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  • Yes, I'm eligible

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  • English

Organization name

Aquaplus P LTD

Year founded


Initiative stage

  • Scaling (the solution has passed the previous stages and is growing its impact on a regional or global scale)

Annual budget in 2017 (USD)

  • $500k - $1m

Number of beneficiaries impacted so far

  • More than 100,000

Organization type

  • Social enterprise

Secondary Focus Area

  • Water
  • Rural development

Headquarters location: Country

  • India

Headquarters location: City

Sr No 228, At Post shivane, Taluka Haveli, dist Pune, Maharashtra

Location(s) of impact

India: J&K, Bihar, assam, UP, Orrissa, Uttarakhand, Andra Pradesh, West Bengal. Nepal: Kathmandu Bangladesh: Dhaka Cambodia: Phenom Phe V


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Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?

In a state of emergency, whether through civil unrest, war or natural disasters Stakeholders are faced with a huge task of supplying the needs of the many displaced people. The most fundamental need is the provision of a secure and safe supply of potable water. In such an event most available surface water and ground water supplies are unsuitable for consumption due to contamination or inaccessibility.

Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?

We have devised Water Purification and Distribution Technology which can be operated without external power can be operated easily. Can be installed in any geographical location. High Product Life Cycle Low on maintenance Product to address issues such as turbidity, bacteria, cyst. Very compact in construction which requires less transportation space and can be easily handled. During 2016 Flash floods in Chennai using this technology, we could provide drinking water to more than 30000 people within a week. The kit used available flood water to generate pure drinking water @1000 liters per hour, with a total of 40 kits installed in the region.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work

Around 7700 Gravity filters and 400 AP700 filters were installed in different emergency situations which totals to 0.6 million individuals benefited in the states of Bihar, Assam, Orissa, Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal in India and Philippines, Bangladesh, Nepal, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Mongolia, Africa impacting Globally.

Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?

The initiative is financially supported entirely by earned income.

Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?

Nonelectric,compact,effective,low cost,user friendly,adaptable & developed as per field requirement.

Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that sparked the beginning of this initiative.

In 2008, one of the early versions of the technology was bought by Oxfam-GB & sent across to the University of Surrey for analyzing its performance. The technology failed to match the criteria. Before this, if a technology failed to fulfill the criteria, it was discarded. But we took it as a challenge to upgrade the technology to pass the global performance criteria and hence joint collaborative project in which the University of Surrey was the research partners, Oxfam-GB as the NGO and Aquaplus DM as the commercial partners. In 2009, researcher Mr.Snoad was invited to India for a 6-month Research and Development program, resulting in a successful creation of an effective & affordable technology, now on the official catalog of Oxfam-GB.

Where did you hear about the Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize?

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Hi @Rahul Pathak, This idea is really exciting! I like how its mobile, cost-effective, and requires zero electricity, which means it truly is applicable across different contexts whether due to conflict, natural disasters, or poverty. However, as voiced by Stephanie below, I am not entirely clear how the project is financed and adapted to various countries. Is it only introduced and used during moment of crises? Alternatively, how does Aquaplus create long-term, sustainable access to potable water for rural communities in developing countries?

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