In Thoothukudi district, swipe a card to get potable waterR. SujathaCHENNAI, APRIL 01, 2021 17:03 ISTUPDATED: APRIL 01, 2021 17:04 ISTSHARE ARTI...

In Thoothukudi district, swipe a card to get potable waterR. SujathaCHENNAI, APRIL 01, 2021 17:03 ISTUPDATED: APRIL 01, 2021 17:04 ISTSHARE ARTI...In Thoothukudi district, swipe a card to get potable water
R. SujathaCHENNAI, APRIL 01, 2021 17:03 IST
UPDATED: APRIL 01, 2021 17:04 IST
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A capacitive de-ionisation unit at a village in Thoothukudi district. | Photo Credit: ma01de-ionisation unit

An initiative of IIT-Madras and IOCL, it has helped villagers in two panchayats

Two village panchayats in Thoothukudi district now access clean drinking water thanks to an initiative of the Indian Institute of Technology–Madras and Indian Oil Corporation’s corporate social responsibility.

The villagers can access drinking water by swiping a card for a nominal payment. They have been trained to maintain the water plant.

At Veppalodai, where women trekked several miles in search of potable water, the initiative has resulted in around 5,000 families accessing drinking water.

Balasubramanian, husband of Velkani, the panchayat president, said groundwater in their village was not potable. “We have some waterbodies nearby, but the water is not good. For three months we have been getting good drinking water. We have installed borewell and water is pumped to the tank. The new plant filters water and we use it for drinking. As the water was not potable, many of us suffered from kidney stones,” he said.

SOURCE: The Hindu https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/in-thoothukudi-district-swipe-a-card-to-get-potable-water/article34214923.ece