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An Inclusive Community Based Water Purification and Monitoring System for the Base of the Pyramid

Bhaumik, R and Prajapati, SP and Kumar, T and Mishra, V and Bhalla, K (2019) An Inclusive Community Based Water Purification and Monitoring System for the Base of the Pyramid. In: 2019 IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC), 17-20 Oct. 2019, Seattle, WA, USA, USA.

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Official URL: https://dx.doi.org/10.1109/GHTC46095.2019.9033102


India, like most developing countries, is facing a water crisis, due to its ever-increasing population, rapid industrialisation and other economic activities (e.g. agriculture, animal husbandry, etc.). It's not only the cities but the suburbs and villages too, that are often affected by the scarcity and contamination of water resources, exacting a heavy toll on public health. This paper seeks to develop an affordable community-based water purification and monitoring system which ensures accessibility to clean drinking water for the base-of-the-pyramid (BOP). A design proposal was developed using specific design methodologies involving morphological matrix, brainstorming sessions and systemic design approach to provide a sustainable and inclusive filtration solution using solar energy. Moreover, a simplified life cycle study was performed on the proposed purification system to assess the sustainability of the system concerning the social, economic and environmental aspects. The proposed purification system, based on active community participation, reduces the water poverty and fulfils the sustainable development goals (SDGs) related to the provision of clean water and renewable energy, which ultimately aids the communities at the base-of-the-pyramid. © 2019 IEEE.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Publication: 2019 IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, GHTC 2019
Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Additional Information: cited By 0; Conference of 9th Annual IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, GHTC 2019 ; Conference Date: 17 October 2019 Through 20 October 2019; Conference Code:158424
Keywords: Agricultural robots; Agriculture; Developing countries; Economics; Life cycle; Potable water; Purification; Solar energy; Sustainable development; Water quality; Water resources; Water treatment plants, Brainstorming sessions; Community participation; Community-based; Environmental aspects; Morphological matrixes; Purification systems; solar; Water purification, Monitoring
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Centre for Product Design & Manufacturing
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2020 11:03
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2020 11:03
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/65135

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