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Past Issue • Apr-Jun 2011

The Swach Story: A Lesson on Innovation

R Mukundan, Managing Director, Tata Chemicals Limited (TCL) and Sabaleel Nandy, Head, Water Purifier Business, TCL were at the ISB recently to talk about Tata Swach, an innovative low-cost water purifier. Associate Professor and Head, Centre for Leadership, Innovation and Change (CLIC), Charles Dhanaraj spoke with them.

Water is the essence of life, yet 75% of the rural population in India does not have access to safe drinking water. Each year, around 500,000 children in India succumb to diarrhoea before they turn five. In an attempt to provide affordable access to safe drinking water for all Indians, Tata companies have collaborated and developed Swach, a water purifier based on low-cost natural ingredients and sophisticated nanotechnology, capable of delivering drinking water at purity levels matching international standards.


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