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Are "Water ATMs" a Good Idea?

Adele Peters

In remote villages in India, millions of people drink contaminated water every day. One potential solution: these solar-powered 'water ATMs' that dispense clean water (treated in nearby towns) for a fee. In many ways, it sounds like it's working. But should people have to pay for the basic right of water that's safe to drink?

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  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    Of course having to pay for safe water to drink seems ridiculous. I wonder if this company has investors?

    • Adele Peters

      Yeah, it's true. The argument is that nothing else has worked (like relying on the government there to provide clean water for citizens), and this actually can...