Capital Business Unit (CaBU)

This Business Unit is responsible for acquiring sites and arranging for funds to set up WaterHealth Centers (WHCs). CaBU’s ‘customers’ include the local government (Panchayat/Urban local body), NGOs, Corporates and Philanthropists. The land, raw water source and electricity is provided by the community and the water purification plant is installed on Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) agreement with a concession period spanning 20-25 years. The primary product/service of the Capital Business Unit (CaBU) is the Community Water System (CWS) i.e. the plant and equipment. 

 

Community Water Systems (CWS)

For near to a decade now, WaterHealth’s strategy has been to install, operate and maintain community water systems called WaterHealth Centers (WHCs) in the targeted communities.These decentralised water systems will provide WHO – quality, safe and affordable drinking water with in the communities.

Business Model

WHCs are established through a Public Private Community Partnership (PPCP) whereby the Company constructs a water purification plant [which can typically serve a community ranging from 5,000 to 20,000 people]. The infrastructure i.e. land, raw water source and electricity are provided by the community while WaterHealth sources the funds to set up the water purification plants. The WHCs are constructed and run on a Build Operate Transfer (BOT) agreement with the Local Government i.e. Panchayat or the Municipality with a concession term of 25 years, with an option to extend the term on expiry. This ensures continuous availability of safe drinking water to the community at affordable rates at all times. While the Company’s area of focus so far has been rural communities, it is now expanding into urban and peri-urban areas through partnerships with large municipal corporations and small municipalities.

The flagship product of the Company is a WaterHealth Centre that provides World Health Organization (WHO) quality safe drinking water that also meets the Indian drinking water standards (IS10500). The raw water is treated through a six (6) stage purification process and is dispensed under the brand name of dr. water.

WHC Impact

Accessibility

Setting up a WaterHealth Center can provide safe drinking water access to the community it is set-up and 4-5 flanking communities which falls within 5-10 kilometers of radius of the WHC. Typically, community residents will walk between 200 – 500meters to fetch water on a daily basis. However, many households are located 5-10 kilometers away from our WaterHealth Centers. In order to provide safe drinking water to these residents, WaterHealth either hires Delivery Service Providers or deploys trucks (captive vehicles) which deliver containers directly to homes at times which are convenient to the residents.The Company also brings in innovative initiatives to increase the access by introducing dr. water points - an extended outlets where purified water is available, tri-cycle delivery, etc.

Entrepreneurship:

Setting up a WaterHealth Center can provide safe drinking water access to the community it is set-up and 4-5 flanking communities which falls within 5-10 kilometers of radius of the WHC. Typically, community residents will walk between 200 – 500meters to fetch water on a daily basis. However, many households are located 5-10 kilometers away from our WaterHealth Centers. In order to provide safe drinking water to these residents, WaterHealth either hires Delivery Service Providers or deploys trucks (captive vehicles) which deliver containers directly to homes at times which are convenient to the residents.The Company also brings in innovative initiatives to increase the access by introducing dr. water points - an extended outlets where purified water is available, tri-cycle delivery, etc.

STATE OF THE ART TECHNOLOGY

WaterHealth implements a 6-stage world class purification process that is augmented by its patented UV Waterworks™unit. The Reverse Osmosis (RO) system removes all the unwanted contaminants including undesirable chemicals/saltsin the water making it sweet and drinkable. This is then passed through the patented UV Waterworks™ (UVW) unitwhich deactivates all the microbiological contamination present in the water.

UV Waterworks

UV Waterworks which was licensed from Lawrence Berkeley Labs is three (3) to five (5) times more effective compared to other competing technologies and has low life cycle costs. The UVW uses UV disinfection technology of 254 nm that directly attacks the Microorganisms DNA which inactivates the pathogens and all other microbiological constituents. UVW is effective in removing microbiological contamination due to the uniqueness of its design i.e. the water flow (based on the design of the UVW) has extended exposure i.e. over 12 seconds to the UV rays. This enables higher penetration of UV rays uniformly across the cross section of water flow, resulting in almost three (3) times more effective disinfection compared to other UV units available in the market.

Purification process picture