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'This is how we get our drinking water': Zerodha's Kamath shares concerning video captured by robots

Jaya Vishwakarma
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Kamath shares concerning video captured by robots

Zerodha co-founder and CEO Nithin Kamath took to Instagram to share a concerning video captured by robots inside water lines.

"This is how we get our drinking water," Kamath wrote.

He explained that the clips were captured by robots built by Solinas, which are designed to go inside water lines to detect leakages, contamination, and other issues that are impossible to identify manually. "We recently partnered with them through Rainmatter," Kamath added.


What does Solinas do?

The rise in global temperatures poses significant threats in the 21st century. Water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) sectors are critically affected, with infrastructure damage leading to poor sanitation and unhealthy living conditions.

Solinas, originally started as a student project at IIT Madras, combats these challenges with advanced robotics and AI solutions for water and sanitation management.

The startup's end-to-end asset management approach, featuring robots like Endobot and software like Swasth, allows proactive monitoring and maintenance, reducing costs and improving efficiency.

Solinas's robotic solutions can find leaks faster and more accurately, which could greatly improve public health if used widely.

The startup is also developing robots to replace manual scavenging, a dangerous job that has caused many deaths. It partners with city corporations and help manual scavengers learn new skills to operate these machines, reducing their direct contact with sewage.

Solinas' market presence

Solinas has developed India’s first miniature robots for sub-100mm pipelines and has implemented end-to-end solutions for manhole and septic tank cleaning, effectively eliminating manual scavenging.

The startup has a presence in over 30 cities, serving more than 15 clients, including global organizations like Volvo, Pfizer, and Zydus, as well as government bodies such as CMWSSB, the Kerala Water Authority, and BMC.

Notably, Solinas' technology has been incorporated into ministry guidelines, working closely with central ministries (MJS and MoHUA) to define technology adoption. The startup now aims to become India’s first technology unicorn in the WASH sector. Its impact includes providing clean water to over 100,000 households, supporting 40+ sanitary workers, and saving more than 700,000 litres of water daily.

"Our partnership with Rainmatter offers opportunities to explore new avenues in the WASH sector and expand our sustainable impact worldwide. Together, we aim to reduce water leakage and contamination by 20% in targeted cities (from the current ~55%) and eliminate manual intervention in sewage cleaning," the startup said.