DIC team visited Akhop, Ramgarh and Sripalpur villages in Balia district of Uttar Pradesh. Arsenic in shallow aquifers is a major groundwater problem in the district. During four days visit, the team interacted with the villagers and tested the domestic arsenic filter designed in Design Innovation Center.
On 13th May 2017, DIC team along with Water group member Mr. Ravindra visited two villages Biturli and Kawanai near Igatpuri, Nashik. The water cart was given for testing to the people during the first week of April. The team, during the visit got feedback and also found few issues to be resolved. The people are demanding for more number of carts to be given to them for use and are also ready to purchase it.
Arsenic poisoning due to underground water is a big health concern in India, especially in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Assam and Manipur. The main objective of this project is to develop an Arsenic water filter for domestic use which filters water for a household without using power supply. The main challenge in this project was to make a product which will remove arsenic contamination from water and will actually be used by the people living in the affected regions. Form Factor, use of indigenous raw materials, low-cost, durability, easy to use, maintain, cleaning and aesthetic design are the main considering factors for design. The Water filter designed by Vishal Bhushan Jha, brings this technology to the individual users.
Prototype no. 2 renderings
DIC Water Cart is deployed at Biturli, Nashik, Maharashtra for pilot testing. The cart was designed to carry larger loads of water across uneven, rural terrains, with as little physical exertion as possible.