The Innovation

Tech-Jal is a drinking water technology, developed by Technorbital, that uses polymeric hollow fibre membrane.
The unit operates with three stages of purification process – Sediment Filter Cartridge, Activated Carbon Cartridge (Silver impregnated) and Ultrafiltration Cartridge. It not only removes dust, dirt and turbidity, but also removes viruses (like Hepatitis A & E, Polio virus) (4 log reduction) along with bacteria (like E-coli) from the raw water (6 log reduction) and parasitic protozoan cysts (4 log reduction) in accordance with US EPA and NSF guidelines.
These community purifiers are suitable for raw water having TDS up to 1500 ppm. They are available in varying purification capacities from 100 litres per hour to 500, 1000 & 2000 LPH catering to a population of 50 to 1200 people, respectively, with applications in larger communities, schools, colleges, offices, hamlets, etc. Thus offering a cost-effective unit that’s easy to operate and maintain, affordable and a time saving solution that does not need electricity to run or lead to water wastage unlike other conventional purifiers.
The Swach Tarang initiative also offers another community water purifier variant in the form of Water ATMs, which helps in sustainability and scalability of the project.

Tech-Jal is a drinking water technology, developed by Technorbital, that uses polymeric hollow fibre membrane.
The unit operates with three stages of purification process – Sediment Filter Cartridge, Activated Carbon Cartridge (Silver impregnated) and Ultrafiltration Cartridge. It not only removes dust, dirt and turbidity, but also removes viruses (like Hepatitis A & E, Polio virus) (4 log reduction) along with bacteria (like E-coli) from the raw water (6 log reduction) and parasitic protozoan cysts (4 log reduction) in accordance with US EPA and NSF guidelines.
These community purifiers are suitable for raw water having TDS up to 1500 ppm. They are available in varying purification capacities from 100 litres per hour to 500, 1000 & 2000 LPH catering to a population of 50 to 1200 people, respectively, with applications in larger communities, schools, colleges, offices, hamlets, etc. Thus offering a cost-effective unit that’s easy to operate and maintain, affordable and a time saving solution that does not need electricity to run or lead to water wastage unlike other conventional purifiers.
The Swach Tarang initiative also offers another community water purifier variant in the form of Water ATMs, which helps in sustainability and scalability of the project.

The Intervention

Mobilization of Communities:
Ncourage collaborated with grass-root partners like NGOs, SHGs, FPOs, etc. to mobilize the community, understand their needs and the realities that exists at the ground level. Community structure, clusters and group awareness sessions were conducted to comprehend the true intervention aspect. Demand, capacity and volume requirements and readiness of community were assessed by the clusters. Based on this in-depth study, appropriate space and beneficiary groups were identified.

Operations and Maintenance:
With an aim of scale and longevity, a tripartite arrangement was advocated, which included contributions from partners/ NGOs and the communities along with support from Ncourage. The contributions received were garnered and put together for installing purifiers for the targeted communities directly or through associated NGO/SHG partners. TCSRD and Ncourage also collaborated with other corporates to help them with water purification solutions for the communities where they wish to create a difference.

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Operations and Maintenance:
With an aim of scale and longevity, a tripartite arrangement was advocated, which included contributions from partners/ NGOs and the communities along with support from Ncourage. The contributions received were garnered and put together for installing purifiers for the targeted communities directly or through associated NGO/SHG partners. TCSRD and Ncourage also collaborated with other corporates to help them with water purification solutions for the communities where they wish to create a difference.

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The Engagement Built for Scale

The Swach Tarang program also fostered engagement with corporates, government organizations, NGOs and community-based organizations to pilot the project and create sustainable, innovative and flexible solutions specific to the community. They formed two models in this process:

Project Financing Model:
As part of its community development initiative, the corporate/government is directly funding Swach Tarang for setting up the water purifiers in one or more local communities, where they wish to make a difference.

Self-sustainable Model:
The community water purifier units are provided with a flexible repayment model to the NGOs/SHGs/local community, thus giving the beneficiaries the access to free drinking water or customized for pay per use. As part of this self-sustaining model, the water ATM was introduced. It works like a prepaid top-up card. These ATMs can be installed at public places for easy access to safe drinking water for everyone. One just has to scan on the ATM sensor and press the button for quantity (1 litre, 5 litres, and 10 litres), depending on their requirement. This can also be customized for cold and room temperature water dispensing options.

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Self-sustainable Model:
The community water purifier units are provided with a flexible repayment model to the NGOs/SHGs/local community, thus giving the beneficiaries the access to free drinking water or customized for pay per use. As part of this self-sustaining model, the water ATM was introduced. It works like a prepaid top-up card. These ATMs can be installed at public places for easy access to safe drinking water for everyone. One just has to scan on the ATM sensor and press the button for quantity (1 litre, 5 litres, and 10 litres), depending on their requirement. This can also be customized for cold and room temperature water dispensing options.

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The Impact

As part of the Swach Tarang initiative, around 104 small & medium sized clusters of community purification systems have been installed across India. These setups have different water purification capacities like 100, 200, 500, 1000 and 2000 litres per hour, thereby giving access to safe drinking water to more than 37,000 people in more than 10 states.
Grass-root organisations also came up with a number of innovative models to increase their reach:

Clean water distribution model

The Swach Tarang initiative not only addresses a basic need of providing safe and clean water to the base of the socio-economic pyramid, but also creates an opportunity for employment. Our first Tata Swach Tech Jal was installed in 2019, in the Gahiri village of Pratapgarh district, UP. A setup, with a purification capacity of 500 litres per hour was installed to cater to the communities safe drinking water requirements. This was a life-changing moment for the residents of Gahiri Village them (who?) and for the nearby villages, especially for the students and their parents who used to go to Gahiri (to the village?) for schooling. Seeing this, the village panchayat appointed an unemployed person and gave him the task of distributing purified water from Tata Swach Tech Jal to nearby villages at Rs.5 for a 20 Litre jerry can. As of today, about 78 households are being catered with Tech Jal purified water. This has led to employment opportunities and also created awareness amongst villagers about the importance of clean drinking water. This clean water distribution model is being replicated in the nearby villages like Gondai & Jondhpur, where Tata Swach Tech Jal has been recently installed.

Swach tarang ATM interface

A water ATM has been installed at the Neil Islands in Andaman. It not only creates livelihood opportunities for local community persons, but also provides clean and safe drinking water to tourists, thereby helping reduce the usage of single-use plastic bottles.

Direct Beneficiary Groups
No. of People

Tech Jal has helped communities from the interior villages of Andaman and Nicobar, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Delhi, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Manipur, Nagaland, Orissa, Telangana, UP.

37000

Marginalised groups from West Bengal, Gujarat, Maharashtra, MP, UP, Assam, Mizoram, Kerala, J&K, Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland were given home purifiers.

34000
Indirect Beneficiary Groups
No. of People

Employment opportunities have been generated through distribution of water. Neighbouring villages are also benefiting.

37000

SHGs of the villages benefit as the purifiers have helped reduce water-borne diseases among the families working with them.

37000
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Clean water distribution model

The Swach Tarang initiative not only addresses a basic need of providing safe and clean water to the base of the socio-economic pyramid, but also creates an opportunity for employment. Our first Tata Swach Tech Jal was installed in 2019, in the Gahiri village of Pratapgarh district, UP. A setup, with a purification capacity of 500 litres per hour was installed to cater to the communities safe drinking water requirements. This was a life-changing moment for the residents of Gahiri Village them (who?) and for the nearby villages, especially for the students and their parents who used to go to Gahiri (to the village?) for schooling. Seeing this, the village panchayat appointed an unemployed person and gave him the task of distributing purified water from Tata Swach Tech Jal to nearby villages at Rs.5 for a 20 Litre jerry can. As of today, about 78 households are being catered with Tech Jal purified water. This has led to employment opportunities and also created awareness amongst villagers about the importance of clean drinking water. This clean water distribution model is being replicated in the nearby villages like Gondai & Jondhpur, where Tata Swach Tech Jal has been recently installed.

Swach tarang ATM interface

A water ATM has been installed at the Neil Islands in Andaman. It not only creates livelihood opportunities for local community persons, but also provides clean and safe drinking water to tourists, thereby helping reduce the usage of single-use plastic bottles.

Direct Beneficiary Groups
No. of People

Tech Jal has helped communities from the interior villages of Andaman and Nicobar, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Delhi, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Manipur, Nagaland, Orissa, Telangana, UP.

37000

Marginalised groups from West Bengal, Gujarat, Maharashtra, MP, UP, Assam, Mizoram, Kerala, J&K, Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland were given home purifiers.

34000
Indirect Beneficiary Groups
No. of People

Employment opportunities have been generated through distribution of water. Neighbouring villages are also benefiting.

37000

SHGs of the villages benefit as the purifiers have helped reduce water-borne diseases among the families working with them.

37000
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