Livinguard Technologies is redefining the way pure drinking water is made available to people across rural and urban India.
The company has extended its proprietary textile coating technology to design cost-effective water filtration solutions.
Its textile coating technology impregnates the entire cross section of the fabric to form tiny knives, which mechanically pierce, kill and prevent reproduction of microorganisms, rendering the textile permanently disinfecting, without any chemicals leaving the textile.
According to company, the last six months have seen it make huge progress in providing clean drinking water to below poverty line (BPL) families in the country.
Working with NGOs and charitable trusts like Watershed Organisation Trust, Bisleri Trust, Swades Foundation among others, Livinguard potable water filters have been distributed to several thousand households in villages in Gujarat and Maharashtra.
"The feedback after a few months of its use has been incredible. While appreciating the positive changes in the taste and quality of water, the villagers also witnessed a remarkable reduction in water-borne illness like diarrhoea and dysentery," the company said in a statement.
Developed after five years of research, the technology has been patented worldwide and will soon receive US Environmental Protection Agency Certification. The water filtration solutions do not require electricity and are designed for areas with scarce resources. Also, no chemicals are used in the purification process.
On a larger scale, the company has installed two industrial community systems with a water dispensing capacity of over 2,400 litres per day in two charitable trust-run schools in Wada and Neral, respectively. The feedback from the education officers in these institutions has been very encouraging.
The company said each unit costs less than Rs 1 lakh and provides pure drinking water to over 2,500 school children at a cost less than three paise a litre. Smaller versions of the industrial system (filters) have been donated to Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai, which will be placed in schools and communities supported by them.