Next-gen Tech WATSAN – The Low-cost And Zero-waste Water Purifier

Mad4Change By Adityobarna Mukherjee | 2 min read

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WATSAN is the alternative you needed. Water purifiers are an essential thing in every household, and considering the current environmental degradation, every household must have a water purifier. But the ones available in the markets become unaffordable for some. And that’s when people want to turn to alternatives. With a vision to make water and sanitation facilities accessible to everyone, J Chandrasekaran founded WATSAN, an eco-friendly, low-cost, electricity-free alternative.

J Chandrasekaran – The Man Behind WATSAN

There are several places in our country where people face water problems such as contaminated water, scarcity of water,. On one hand, several villages have been identified as drought-affected areas, whereas the cities are facing a scarcity of water. J Chandrasekaran observed this situation while traveling across villages in different states in India. He traveled across villages in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and Karnataka. Being one of the founders of the Reach Foundation, an NGO that helps in the restoration of heritage structures, he visited over 2000 villages.

While inspecting heritage structures that needed restoration, he saw the villagers did not have potable water and drank mineral water whose sources were unknown. Another situation he noticed was that people always carried a mug for when they had to defecate because of the unavailability of toilets. Observing this situation in every village he visited, J Chandrasekaran knew he wanted to do something for their betterment. After five years of research and development, he came up with WATSAN, which aims to make water and sanitation accessible to everyone.

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WATSAN – Low-cost, Eco-friendly Water Purifier

WATSAN is a compound of two words – water and sanitation. The name was chosen in consideration of their aim, to make water and sanitation available to everyone. Their mission is to use fulcrum technology to provide affordable water and sanitation solutions. 2.5 lakh households in the country have used WATSAN purifiers as they are affordable, electricity-free, and effective. WATSAN has also made ways for women’s empowerment. In the assembling unit in Chennai, 28 women work in the manufacturing process and there’s another unit in Kindangarai village as well.

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The Success Story

WATSAN has partnered with 6 NGOs and has provided their purifiers to them for providing them to the masses. Not just that, the Wagah Border jawans have used their purifiers as well. WATSAN’s success story also involves them selling more than 5000 water purifiers across Odisha, Kerala, and Chennai. One of the women employees, Sunanda Raja, said that she enjoys working in an all-women atmosphere. She further said that working with WATSAN helped her to learn to package, assemble purifiers, keep track of the inventory. Working at WATSAN makes me feel empowered and independent, Sunanda Raja said.

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One of the food delivery platforms has also used WATSAN’s water purifiers in its cloud kitchen. It makes us feel proud to know that their solutions have influenced the lives of people across the world.

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The Future Plans

WATSAN is currently working towards establishing “Water on Wheels” which is a portable water purifier to make water accessible for more people. And to carry out this project, NASSCOM has granted them Rs.10 lakhs. J Chandrasekaran looks forward to engaging more and more women in his startup that’ll promote women empowerment. He said that he wants to teach them the skills and provide the required training to be able to test the water.

At the end of the day, all he wants is to make this water purifier accessible and affordable for everyone. He said that he doesn’t need a high-qualified degree holder rather wants someone who’s passionate about bringing about a change in society for the betterment of it. WATSAN has bagged several awards, such as the best startup by the Confederation of Indian Industry [CII] in 2017, the Waterpreneur Award by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry [FICCI] in 2018.

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