JAL Drinking Water Social Business

drinking water [Photo by Darwin Bell] (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Polluted underground sources of drinking water in India are a serious problem which is not being addressed by the government. JAL drinking water social business has been working to fill this gap by proposing an innovative, high tech solution. The JAL team is comprised of university students from UIC and VIT, and they have recently been working in a community near Vellore to implement their advanced solution designed for areas with severe water contamination that is untreatable by other means.

JAL provides an economical solution which is practical for poor communities, and the distribution is also simple and easy to maintain. The problem in Vellore is caused by industrial pollution seeping into ground water and contaminating underground pools. They devised a solar distillation plant which is 20 times more efficient than existing water treatment systems and can serve up to 5 villages at a time.

myRain Drip Irrigation Social Business

myRain is a drip irrigation social business which is dedicated to better farm irrigation in India.

The company sells drip irrigation kits to small farmers via a cost effective lease to own system. This allows even subsistence farmer to benefit from these advanced systems which are easy to service and maintain. The myRain team consists of public health professionals, engineers and business experts who are dedicated to helping small farmer in India overcome problems of malnutrition, poverty, and poor irrigation.

Drip irrigation is much more efficient than other irrigation methods, as it uses up to 65% less water than traditional methods and can boost crop yields up to 140%. This proven technology was first developed and used for large scale agriculture in the 1960s, but can be scaled down and simplified for use by family farmers as well.

Revolve Water Sanitation Social Business

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rEVOLVE Sanitation is a water sanitation social business plan from a team of students at ASU and TERI University in India.

The goal of rEVOLVE Sanitation is to provide a sustainable answer to the problem of water scarcity and water sanitation in India by implementing a network of decentralized facilities for waste processing. These facilities would operate through the use of rotating biological contractors, and target major user of so called “gray water” such as gardens, resorts, golf courses and other industrial users such as horticulturists and farmers.

The company seeks to address some of the major sanitation problems in India which impact quality of life for millions of people. The idea is one of eight finalists in the annual Acara Challenge 2010. REVOLVE was developed based on extensive field and market research, consultation with sector experts, VC’s, government officials and social entrepreneurs.