Water for All: Sustainable Solutions for Reducing and Utilizing Sarvajal's Reverse Osmosis Brine in Northwestern India (2012)
The Piramal Foundation, operating under the brand "Sarvajal", provides clean and affordable drinking water to over 64,000 people in rural India through locally leased and operated reverse-osmosis (RO) water purification franchises. RO produces liquid brine that is not potable. Due to water scarcity and contamination, making the most of water resources is especially critical in India, particularly within the context of global climate change and development pressures.
This project aims to find economically and socially acceptable solutions for the brine. A team of six SNRE students, led by Sarvajal staff and SNRE faculty, researched, developed, pilot-tested and analyzed creative and culturally relevant solutions for using the brine produced as a by-product of reverse osmosis. The team ran on the ground pilots at selected Sarvajal franchisee locations in India over the summer. The team aims not only to provide Sarvajal with a viable solution but also to contribute to the literature on solutions for dealing with brine from small scale RO processes.
Lilly Connett, MS, Sustainable Systems/ Aquatic Sciences
Kathryn Harris, MS, Behavior, Education and Communication
Vaishnavi Tripuraneni, MS, Sustainable Systems
Lauren Berent, MS, Sustainable Systems/ Aquatic Sciences
Caitlin Harren, MS/MBA, Sustainable Systems
Meredith Neely, MS/MSE, Sustainable Systems