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Alumeter is an efficient prepare, repair and fair toolkit for urban population of India which converts every bucket into water filter.

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Alumeter is a simple idea which I have seen my grandparents use for years before the new system of purifiers came in market. 

Alum is aluminium sulphate also known as 'chuna' or 'fitkari' in India. This chemical has a negative charge which combines with impurities in water allowing them to settle down at the bottom due to gravitational pull. This method works perfectly not taking away the essential nutrients from water but requires some patience. 

As I am jain by religion, I have also seen Jainism monks use it in their respective water filters which they carry around. The taste of the water they drink is even more pure than what we get in bisleri bottles.

Alumeter is using the same technology which can be handed to large parts of India, especially slums. We want to convert the simple buckets available in every household into a new water filter for them. This idea requires least amount of initial investment and gives a DIY facility to various households. India already has great amount of costly filter products available in markets, we want 'alumeter' to be india's first prepare, repair and fair toolkit filter.

How would you describe the stage of development of your idea?

  • Conceptual Development

How big or scalable is the potential of your idea?

This idea comes with three simple components: A double cap on bucket, alum supply and a tap. The main device used to become filter is the bucket found in every household in India especially with urban slums. The idea has a huge potential to cross every state where water purification is a huge issue.

Explain the sustainability aspect of your idea

The limited number of components required to make this product and the simple procedure making it DIY itself talks about its sustainability. We do not want the people living in slums to become consumers, we want them to give the power to make things better for themselves. This product uses the products they already have to improve their water conditions. It also talks about how they can easily make changes with whatever exists around them.

What types of financing would be required for your idea to be successful?

The initial funding can come from the government, but I would like this idea to be crowdfunded by various slums around India. Just ask for Rs. 1 from every urban dweller in the country and use that to built something their lives better. I see these projects as not only problem solvers but also as a chance to empower people. Some ideas do not need government, some ideas need to show government how Indians are capable enough to solve their own problems.

If you are proposing to partner with other organizations, please explain their role and reason for partnership.

Right now the idea is not at a stage of partnering with other organisations. If anyone is interested, please contact!!

In-country experience

  • Yes, for two or more years

If you have been operating in India, what has been your focus?

Previously, I had worked with NGO Chintan in Delhi to collect chips wrappers across railway stations. I have used that waste material to make my final fashion collection for which I have received various international acclaims.

Is your organization currently legally registered in India?

  • No

What states or districts will you target/are you targeting within India?

I think I would like to start with the districts which suffer from water sanitation the most like Orissa, Haryana, Delhi, Haridwar etc. If the idea serves its purpose in north region, we can move to the south side to solve various water problems.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I am a designer from India currently pursuing masters in Sustainable Design at Kingston University. After graduating in Fashion design from one of the top design schools of India, I started creating garments for environmental awareness. My collection "Last Errors of Plastics", based on 2050 world of scarcity, won many accolades internationally. After trying my hands in fashion,I shifted to the field of User Experience as well as Service Design to create better design solutions and experiences not only for the user but also for the environment around. I believe in 'Creating a world around whatever exists!!'.


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Photo of Rafael Mongelos

Hi! Nice idea! Do you have an email address to contact you? I am a designer (industrial) as well and I want to know more about your perspective and maybe, work together with it!

Photo of Cory Mogk

I love this and getting students to help build the solution and fully understand the problems and benefits to using the tool. I wonder if part of the solution is a kit for schools that includes instructions, tools and materials?

Photo of Shinny Jain

Cory Mogk  Thanks a lot Cory. A part of the solution can definitely be a DIY kit with manuals. We do not want this idea to get restricted to buckets, it will be good to see if 'alumeter' can grow with the needs of people. If they know and understand the functionality, the tools we provide will just be a beginning!!

Photo of Josh Dormont

You show a solid understanding of who you're designing for, what it means to be sustainable, and a belief in the power of people using their own assets and problem solving capabilities. I'm excited to watch this move forward. One question I'm thinking about is how might you help spread the word about the solution? How can you leverage SMS or other community meet-ups to share and make the solution viral?

Photo of Shinny Jain

Hey Josh Dormont  
Thanks a lot for articulating my idea so well. Having been born in India, I understand the challenges we face quiet well. Your question about spreading the word is really interesting.

To start with this idea, we need to built a team which can target few slum areas of Delhi to educate households about the DIY concept of 'alumeter'. I would like to impart this knowledge to women as they are the ones responsible for food and water sanitation practices in India. Also, to scale things up quicker, we would like to team up with government schools to help kids make their own 'Alumeter' and thus educate their parents regarding this. Having meet-ups is a great solution to get the community together and act on this idea. Let's see how far we are able to take alumeter!!