DPIIT, in partnership with the National Jal Jeevan Mission (NJJM), Department of Drinking Water & Sanitation, launches an Innovation Challenge to develop ‘portable devices for testing drinking water quality’.
Drinking water supply in rural areas is from both from groundwater (80%) and surface water (20%) sources. However, due to depleting groundwater level, especially in arid and semi-arid regions, the use of surface water is on the rise. For both groundwater and surface water based rural drinking water supply systems, it is important to measure relevant area-specific contaminations to ensure access to potable water. The Uniform Drinking Water Quality Protocol, 2019 has specified some important parameters to be monitored for assuring potability of drinking water as per BIS IS 10500:2012 (Second Version) and subsequent amendments.
People receiving piped water supply in their homes do not have any means to test the potability of water coming from their tap. This leads to a situation wherein, quite often, people are reluctant to consume tap water directly. People in urban areas end up installing household water treatment unit incurring additional expenditure.
To facilitate and empower people to test drinking water quality at their homes and assure potability of water, there is a need for ‘portable water quality testing devices’ that can test the quality of water for important parameters.
The challenge would be open to:
– Corporate Entities
To conduct an Innovation Challenge which brings an innovative, modular, and cost-effective solution to develop ‘portable devices that can be used at the household level to test the drinking water quality instantly, easily and accurately’.
To conduct an Innovation Challenge which brings an innovative, modular, and cost-effective solution to develop ‘portable devices that can be used at the household level to test the drinking water quality instantly, easily and accurately’. Keeping in view the source of water, three types of portable devices may be developed. Participants can propose to develop portable devices for one or two or all three types, as mentioned below:
Type 1: A portable device to test all the parameters as mentioned in Annexure 1
Type 2: A portable device only to detect the presence or absence of bacteriological contamination
Type 3: A portable device to test one or more parameters. The package of parameters may be selected by the innovator.
Awards:- Selected innovations will be handheld for further support and deployment opportunities.