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Minnesota Students To Bring Clean Water To ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ Slums

In Business, Entrepreneurs, India, People Making A Difference, Science on May 22, 2009 at 8:01 am
Reach Out Water Solutions: Mark Lundgren, Brian Bell, Karthik Kumar, Anthony Schrempp, IIT Mumbai (Bholu Ram, Vivek Sharma, Shikha, Jayendra)

Reach Out Water Solutions: Mark Lundgren, Brian Bell, Karthik Kumar, Anthony Schrempp, IIT Mumbai (Bholu Ram, Vivek Sharma, Shikha, Jayendra)

A team of civil engineering students from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities will head to India later this month to share their ideas and plans for helping bring clean water to thousands of residents living in the slums of Mumbai–the same impoverished area that provided the backdrop for the 2009 Oscar-winning movie, “Slumdog Millionaire.

ReachOut Water Solutions, the winning team of University of Minnesota students, and students from the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay, are winners of the first-ever Acara Challenge sponsored by the Minnesota-based Acara Institute, a non-profit institute that tackles global problems through sustainable business solutions.

Their winning business plan addresses issues of water quality and availability for potentially hundreds of thousands of Mumbai residents.  Their business will combine source water storage with ultraviolet water treatment and a novel distribution system that will supply 50 liters per day of clean, low-cost water to community participants, as well as 10 liters of potable water to pay-per-use customers at a reasonable rate.

Given the state’s penchant for razing slums, the question is whether the slums will still be standing when they get there!

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