With the inauguration of water ATMs in Maraimali Nagar, city residents take a breath of relief as they get access to clean drinking water. V Vijayakumari, Commissioner, Maraimalai Nagar Municipality inaugurated the ATMs
.It is expected that the newly installed ATMs will cater to the drinking needs of 3,000 households in each area. The ATMs were launched by Alfa Laval, a global supplier of products for heat transfer and fluid handling, along with Waterlife, a social enterprise, specialising in the building and operating of water purification plants.
The water ATM has a capacity of 1,000 litres per hour. Each plant will remain operational for eight hours daily, however, the residents can collect water round the clock. The devices also have the option for providing cool water during summers. The prices for residents to collect water has been kept nominal at Rs 7 for 20 litres.