Waterpod by I-Drop

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August 2021
Headquarters Marconi Beam, Cape Town, 7447, South Africa

Waterpod by I-Drop - The Waterpod by I-Drop is the world’s most efficient, IOT-connected water purification and dispensing machine for sustainable drinking water refills.

The Waterpod by I-Drop focuses on providing solutions to two global issues - access to affordable, safe drinking water and preventing single-use plastic waste from pre-bottled water. I-Drop designs, builds and installs self-service purified drinking water refill dispensers called Waterpods for installation in grocery stores, hospitality and public spaces. The solution targets areas with limited access to clean drinking water where consumers need or want an affordable alternative to bottled water. The solution is an innovative product and business model, enabled through a custom-built IOT monitoring and control platform, designed to be as efficient and affordable as possible, expanding the market to consumers who could not previously afford a safe drinking water alternative and enabling those who already purchase bottled water to easily switch.

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Key features

  • Waterpods operate on 12V of electricity
  • Saves up to 3 litres of waste water per purified liter of water when compared to other purification technologies
  • Solution helped local market save 67,000 kgs of carbon and 14,000 kgs of plastic waste when compared to purchasing single-use plastic bottles
  • Solution helped local market save 10 million litres of wastewater when compared to alternative water purification technologies


  • Allowed South African shop owners to generate USD 115,000 of revenues
  • Grocery stores can generate 60% more profit on drinking water sales with a Waterpod compared to alternative water purification technologies

Maturity Stage

  • Medium and large scale commercialization
  • Small scale commercialization
  • Initial market commercialization
  • Prototype testing in the real world
  • Prototype testing 1:1 in the lab

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