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Water ATMs will be installed by ITU

Faryal Nadeem Jun 10, 2017
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ITU and University of Colorado Boulder are working together to develop Design and Implementation for Water ATMs. Water is dispensing, and quality measurements Units will be installed to deliver filtrate water to the citizens. Dr. Tauseef Tauqeer from ITU and Mustafa Naseem from UCB are awarded a grant of $374,599 to perform a competitive research by the students of Higher Education Commission in Pakistan.

The Government of Punjab is determined to construct the water Filtration plants community clean water collection points where all the community members will be able to collect fresh drinking water at no financial cost.

According to research, the lack of regular monitoring of filtration mechanisms the water quality is below average and unacceptable at most plants. Recently Pakistan is named among the water-starved country where water levels fall below 1000 cubic meters per capita in recent past.

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Having access to clean water is a greater challenge faced by the 16 million people in Pakistan with no choice to drink unhygienic water that results in the death of at least 41,000 children per year because of severe health conditions such as diarrhea.

The project aims to provide water ATM that is an electronic water-dispensing device offering quality measurement unit. Water ATM comprises of probes along with a measuring pH, residual chlorine, and total dissolved solids. The quality of water and the dispensing quantity will be measured all data and data will be recorded through a telemetry web-based dashboard. Filtration plant or water wastage maintenance issues will be highlighted and addressed timely.

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