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Waterpod by I-Drop

Affordable, safe drinking water refill dispensers

August 2021
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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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Label Date August 4, 2021
From South Africa
Maturity stage Small scale commercialization
Looking For Network, New clients, Visibility, Funding, Credibility, Partners

The environmental benefits

  • 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

The Financial benefits

  • 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

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Company Profile


The Waterpod is the world’s most efficient purification and dispensing machine for sustainable drinking water refills.

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Headquarters Marconi Beam, Cape Town, 7447, South Africa
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