Israel-based Watergen and Tata Projects marked the visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to India, with the signing of a memorandum of understanding. The intent of the MOUs between these two organizations is to deepen business ties and help solve India’s drinking water challenge, by providing safe, clean and cost-efficient drinking water across India.
This first-time MOU between the two organizations is another step towards fulfilling the vision of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ campaign. The MOU seeks to also create a mutual entity in India, to manage local operations and manufacture Watergen units in India. This process will create jobs and fuel economic growth, while providing local and regional drinking water supply when needed, as well as the deployment of a distributed water grid chain across the country.
In November, at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit hosted in Hyderabad, Watergen’s President and majority shareholder Dr. Michael Mirilashvili introduced Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Watergen’s detailed plan on solving India’s water crisis within 4 to 5 years. Since then, India’s government officials have been working with Watergen to realize this vision.
Watergen’s revolutionary technology is an immediate, quick, permanent, low cost, energy efficient, accessible, clean and safe drinking “water from the air” solution for India. Watergen’s two models of AWG (atmospheric water generators) can serve clean and safe drinking water, with no other additional infrastructure, and can fulfill the needs of drinking water across villages & cities of India. The large scale AWG unit produces up to 6,000 liters of water from the air every day, while the medium scale AWG unit produces up to 600 liters of water every day.
This ground-breaking cooperation between the two organizations will drive far-reaching impact across India. A pilot program is planned to utilize the mid-size GEN-350G unit. Last year, Watergen instituted a GEN-350G pilot in New Delhi’s Connaught Place, where nearly 2000 people received drinking water from the air every day.
Watergen was a member of the Israeli business delegation to India. Dr. Mirilashvili explained, “Watergen is proud to be a partner in the long standing and fruitful co-operation between Israel and India. We thank Tata Projects and Tata Trusts for their commitment to improve the quality of life for the citizens of India. Together, Watergen and Tata Projects can now provide clean and safe drinking water from the air, immediately and permanently.”
The various applications of Watergen units, include use in both public and private sectors; schools, hospitals, universities, villages, and community centres and military applications.
Making available clean, safe drinking water across India, Watergen and Tata Projects can help improve the health and well-being of its citizen. Producing water from the air also has wide-ranging sustainability & environmental benefits, by reducing need for plastic water bottles and the associated reduction in plastic waste disposal.
Tenny Cherian, Chief Operating Officer of Tata Projects (Quality Services & Water Division) said, “As part of our Water Business Unit, which is run as a Social Business initiative, we are happy to bring this innovative technology to India. We look forward to working with various government, public, private, NGO sector partners to deploy these water units across India, with initial focus being in rural India. We do believe that this will help reduce water stress and scarcity, while ensuring quality and availability of safe drinking water for India”.