News from HVR: How a village school in Odisha, India, gets clean drinking water


In the fall of 2019, HVR began testing the WaterApp pilot plant to purify a fluorine poisoned well water for a school in Odisha, India. Our partner at Shakuntala Hospital and Professor Urban Rydholm – Chairman of the Indo-Swedish Rheumatalogy Foundation (ISFS) – report on the background to the project and the vital benefits that clean water brings to the local population, especially for future generations.

ISFS strives to:

  • improve the quality of life for patients suffering from both acute and chronic rheumatologic diseases;
  • provide reception and outpatient treatment during those parts of the year that are not limited by monsoon rains and extreme heat;
  • offer physiotherapy treatment, patient education and guidance as a preventive care option; and
  • educate local doctors and health care professionals as access to rheumatological specialist care is currently very limited within the district

In order to improve the quality of life, pure drinking water is a basic condition and the children that will grow up with the purified water can avoid the suffer from related rheumatological diseases. With HVR:s technology and know-how, it is possible to create a local distribution of clean water based on the conditions prevailing at the site.


HVR’s director Aapo Sääsk and WaterApp’s project manager Jaime Camalich presented the project’s background and technical challenges at an open hearing in mid-October at Bergh’s School of Communication. Present were some 60 shareholders and interested. During November and December 2019, the work on site in Odisha has continued to change the energy source from diesel to solar energy.