India faces huge challenges in increasing access to clean water and managing its existing water infrastructure. But it is also a nation packed with superb innovators in this field and we are continuing to support and reward them through The/Nudge Ashirvad Water Challenge.

The challenge, run in partnership with the Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Indian Government, backs start-ups and innovators using AI and robots to tackle the problem of water wastage with the overall aim of improving water security for 19 million households.

This year’s grand winners were SmartTerra with a platform that uses AI to detect leaks in water networks. Its technology has already been deployed in five states and is helping to save over five million litres of water a month.

The runners up were Solinas Integrity whose robots have identified 340 contamination points, in the process saving 600,000 litres of water a day.

Initially, over 140 applicants came forward with their innovations. These were whittled down to seven finalists who spent six months incubating their ideas working closely with our own experts and with mentors from Aliaxis Next.

The challenge has been so successful that we are now deepening our relationship with The/Nudge Institute, working together to bring water solutions to people in India’s cities and rural areas.

Together, we are convening the Water Security Council of India, with a mission to identify and tackle India’s most pressing water challenges over the next 10 to 15 years.

The Council will bring together public and private sector organisations and leading thinkers, entrepreneurs, and policymakers to commission research into future challenges.

It will be chaired on a rolling basis by domain experts. We are fully committed to playing an active role in its deliberations, bringing thought leadership and research ideas to the table with the aim of building a strong ecosystem of like-minded experts who can really make a difference to society.

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