BASF, NMMC collaborate safe water, sanitation project in Navi Mumbai

BASF, NMMC collaborate on safe water, sanitation project in Navi Mumbai

4:40 AM, 3rd August 2018
BASF, NMMC collaborate on safe water, sanitation project in Navi Mumbai
Jaywant Dattatray Sutar, Mayor of NMMC, cutting the ribbon to unveil the Water ATM in Navi Mumbai.

MUMBAI, INDIA: BASF with the support of the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) has provided access to clean and affordable drinking water through the “Landmark Project”, in Turbhe Store, a suburb of Navi Mumbai.

Landmark Project is a water and sanitation initiative by BASF. Over 10,000 citizens from Turbhe Store will now have access to clean and affordable drinking water.

The concept for the Landmark Project was first developed through a series of social dialogue sessions in Mumbai during BASF’s 150th-anniversary activities in 2015 and has now come to fruition in an innovative, community-based social business model.

In the first phase of the Landmark Project, a rainwater harvesting plant and a smartcard-based community water treatment plant, commonly referred to as a “water ATM”, were introduced in Navi Mumbai by the Honorable NMMC Mayor Jayawant Dattatray Sutar, along with Dr N Ramaswami, commissioner, NMMC and Dr Raman Ramachandran, chairman and managing director, BASF India and Head, BASF South Asia, as well as other dignitaries from BASF and NMMC. 

The Landmark Project was set up by BASF on land provided by NMMC, and after two years will be handed over, to be owned and operated by a local community-based organization. It represents a holistic approach to water and sanitation.

The solar powered, cashless water ATM will dispense potable drinking water at just Rs. 8 per 20 litres when accessed with a debit card. Uniquely, water is harvested from rain and other sources and is purified using innovative technologies including an ultrafiltration solution from BASF.

inge, BASF’s brand of ultrafiltration membranes, utilizes patented and highly robust Multibore fibres made from PESm – a modified Polyethersulfone – in an In-to-Out filtration process. Extremely tiny pores of only 20 nanometers diameter inside the membranes provide a secure barrier against suspended solids, viruses and other microorganisms and let only pure water pass.

 “As a planned urban centre, Navi Mumbai has seen tremendous growth in the last few years and it is our duty to offer holistic and sustainable services that elevate living standards of our citizens. I am very happy to see this joint effort between the NMMC and BASF, which will offer clean drinking water to the residents of Turbhe Store,” said Jayawant Dattatray Sutar, Honorable NMMC Mayor.

“This project is a great example of how innovative chemistry can enable simple and cost-effective technologies to offer clean water and sanitation facilities. We are glad that companies like BASF are taking the lead in providing solutions and encouraging such partnerships,” added Dr Ramaswami (IAS), NMMC commissioner.

“Clean drinking water can consume almost 15 percent of the income of Mumbai slum residents, meaning that they must often rely on an unsafe water supply. Thanks to the critical support of NMMC, this project can now offer access to affordable, clean drinking water. This is a good example of how we ‘create chemistry’ to develop sustainable business models and communities,” added Dr Raman Ramachandran, chairman and managing director, BASF India Limited and Head, BASF South Asia.

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