India: Kolkata to install 200 water ATMs

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As part of the West Bengal government’s packaged drinking water project, Pran Dhara, or ‘water of life’, 200 water vending machines will be set up across Kolkata. The first was opened for business at the end of 2015. Each litre of water is priced at 2 Indian rupees (US$0.03). The state government hopes it will increase access to safe drinking water and improve the quality of life of those living in urban slums and other disadvantaged areas.