Sometime in 2002, a close friend of mine, Dr Vulimiri Jagdish, former Senior Public Health Specialist from the World Bank, introduced me to Dr Timothy Badger from Boston, USA, who had patents in water filtration technologies. Dr Badger was very passionate about doing work in India and wanted a partner. It was then that I introduced him to a very eminent scientist in India who told me that the technology was a magic wand and provided answer to water contamination problems in India. This encouraged me to support Dr Badgers efforts and helped him get some business by introducing him to prospective partners. Unfortunately, the partnerships did not work out and resulted in a huge financial loss to Dr Badger. But despite that, he wanted to continue his efforts of solving the water problem issue in India. This inspired me immensely and this is when I left a successful corporate career and started Aquakraft Projects Pvt. Ltd., in July 2010 with a focus to provide clean drinking water and sanitation to one and all.
Rampant drilling of borewells have depleted the ground water levels to dramatic proportions and as a result, many parts of India have an endemic problem of Fluoride and Arsenic contamination in ground water. As much of 80% of India receives its drinking water
from the ground and contamination poses a serious health risk. The striking feature of our technology that addressed these contaminants in a green way is that it does not require power, which is one of the critical components of sustainable water treatment solutions. Unlike Reverse Osmosis, it does not waste any water and treats 100% of the water and also there is no sludge. Also, it did not require much maintenance. In fact, the local village personnel were able to monitor and maintain the system without much ado. This buoyed my confidence and conviction and I set out to promote the same.
Armed with a magic wand, I travelled extensively across the length and breadth of India and while doing so, was alarmed to see that drinking water interventions have a very low rate of sustainability. One of the main factors was the lack of electricity, which was the most critical component fo...