Grundfos AQtap is a water ATM.
Grundfos AQtap is a water distribution interface that provides a platform for revenue collection and online management of water resources. The system uses WaterCards for users to purchase and store water credits, delivering water in 1-liter increments. Cards can be loaded via a water vendor or by mobile phone payment. Power is supplied from the grid or from solar panels and has a backup battery capable of 250 tappings. The AQtap provides a mechanism to expand water kiosk operations while maintaining accountability and transparency.
Grundfos has several international offices and websites are available by clicking “global” on the website.
Varies because of the “franchise” supply system and the varying companies that sell the product
Smart tap technology by ewaterpay
SDG 6: Clean water and sanitation
Users seeking accountability for water distribution systems, users seeking management, and communications technology for water distribution
Mass produced by Grundfos manufacturing.
Customers purchase products directly from the manufacturer.
Description of system
Does this service incorporated water treatment methods?
Manufacturer-specified flow rate, measured in liters per minute
What is the target number of people for this system?
Description of water sources that can integrate this metering system
Grundfos AQTap has a tamper-protected design. The product has a direct flow sensor to detect leakages, valve and flow restrictor to ensure stable flow, and a wireless smart card technology for revenue collection. The water management system logs all water data and credit transactions. More details available on Grundfos AQTap brochure.
The product has a gross weight of 30 kg. The size of the inlet and outlet connection is 1/2 inch. The pipe connection type is BSP. Additional specifications are available in the Grundfos AQTap brochure.
Installation and operating instructions are available for the standard AQtap and a solar AQtap option. Service guides for replacing components are also available here.
A comprehensive list of all spare parts includes: battery, antenna, cable, control unit, flow restrictor, flow sensor, hydraulic parts, plug, power supply, strainer, valve, and service suitcase.
Grundfos aims to have tampering protection and intuitive user interface designed for low-literacy users. The smart cards are designed to withstand harsh environments.
Safety instructions are detailed in the installation and operating instructions.
Direct flow sensor provides information on water pressure to detect infrastructure leakage. Treated water delivery system and storage.
From Grundfos AQtap literature: The wetted parts are approved for drinking water by the Water Regulatory Advisory Scheme (WRAS). The GSM communication module is approved by the respective National Telecommunication Authorities.
A promotional video is available here.
Recipient of the United Nations’ Momentum for Change Lighthouse Activity Award in the ICT category.
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