Ecosoftt

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Ecosoftt

Regardless of being in the developed or developing world, all nations are suffering from water poverty. Across the world, water sources will be shared between countries or regions. If we do not manage and protect our water sources, there will be growing conflicts. There’s so much reason to do something about it. The current dominant solution is based upon over 100 years of design. Centralised solutions are complex, expensive and execution takes long. Almost impossible to retrofit and new infrastructure costs are not viable. 60-80% of the costs involved are linked to water networks, sewage pipes and drainage systems. They also use a lot of energy and chemicals. Sludge generation and disposal is also an issue. Most importantly centralised solutions create an ecological imbalance. We are pioneers and specialise in the decentralised and integrated management of water, wastewater and environmental solutions. We work with those who are affected by water scarcity, shortages and quality issues and have the ability to pay as well as we work with those are affected and do not have the ability to pay. We are built on the principles of creating shared value. Gap in the market and personal experiences with water shortage, quality and scarcity were also a key driver.
There is a gap in the market. We went against all the existing paradigms and felt the strong need to address a big gap in the market. We are pioneers and specialise in the decentralised and integrated management of water, wastewater and environmental solutions. We work with those who are affected by water scarcity, shortages and quality issues and have the ability to pay as well as we work with those are affected and do not have the ability to pay. We are built on creating shared value. We work beyond technologies as addressing the water challenge is not just about technologies. We promote and implement a holistic approach of managing water from various sources – to sources – at point of use and encourage reuse. We enable our customers to reduce their water footprint and wastage by over 50%, enable them to recover, recycle and reuse over 80% of their wastewater (sewage) and discharge the balance in an environment friendly way so as to replenish or protect sources.
An example on working with rural and marginalized communities. Going to local leaders and governments with our ideas and plans in mid 2012. They all laughed at us and said that our vision and notion of a model village is utopianistic. They dismissed all our ideas about making water supply 24/7, about providing a toilet and bathing room for each family, about establishing a metered connection that allows them to pay for their monthly water bills, about building toilets with no septic tanks/soak pits and a waste water recovery system. And many more. They told us that such endeavors are possible overseas. But we persisted with our visions, and began working to make them a reality. As the project progressed, people got charged up and other communities started enquiring. On the day when we handled the project over, it was like a wedding in the family. The whole community celebrated. Local officials and leaders came and joined in.”The community that ECOSOFTT worked with is now a role model for many other communities. In three years the community generated a surplus of SGD 1800(INR70,000) in their community fund.
Scaling up. Singapore is a rather small market. Regional and international expansion is an imperative. This costs both in terms of capital and operating expenses. Access to funding be it for profit and not for profit is a challenge. When one starts, the first question is the concept tested? Then is it patented? Then do you have a first customer? Then do you have a pipeline? Then are you profitable? Most investors do not understand the Water business when compared to tech, health care and others. Or they apply the same yardstick. Being a Singapore based Social Enterprise, is a huge advantage. On the other hand the solutions that are relevant for Singapore are not for the rest of the world.
By 2050, Our vision is to: - Recover, Treat and Put back to use 1 Trillion litres of wastewater each day - Restore, clean, protect, consere and replenish 1000 water bodies - Identify, develop and prepare over 1 million last mile entrepreneurs in this space - Implement 10000 community led transformation programs for the marginalised and rural poor - Engage over 100 million students, corporate citizens as active ambassadors and stewards for water conservation