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How a Start-up from Hyderabad is solving Hard Water Problems

You have spent Lakhs on your Dream House but the Bore (Hard Water) spoils all the expensive faucets, Tiles, Taps, Showers, and Geysers of your house within a few months or you just moved into a new place and you notice something is not quite right. There’s something going on, and you have a sneaking suspicion it might have to do with the tap water.

Hence there arises a need for a simple and a cost-effective way to deal with Hard water issues and to stop wasting time and money on a Hard Water Softener that cost about Rs.30,000 and above and requires maintenance.

Hard water problems can be a real hassle, especially for new homeowners who may be unfamiliar with the issues it causes. Solving those problems can vastly improve your family’s quality of life and get things back to normal again.

Hard water is a water with high minerals and for citizens of many cities like Hyderabad, Bangalore, etc. It is a problem that everyone faces in their everyday Life as calcium settles as an upper coat on the water products.

Going for a hard water Softener RO plant is expensive and high on maintenance.  Thanks to an Innovative solution developed by a startup in Hyderabad.

Hyderabad like many other cities in India also has groundwater that is very hard.  Because of Hard water, one of the founders, Uday Nadiwade who had recently purchased a new house saw his Bathroom Fittings like Taps, Tiles, Utensils all getting calcified and becoming difficult to operate.  He came across his friend and co-founder Rajesh Saraf who had installed an expensive Softener plant in his house around 2 years back.  Rajesh stopped using his plant in a year’s time, as it needed lots of maintenance and regular regeneration.

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Uday who comes from Product Development background and Rajesh from Sales and Marketing started working on a solution keeping in view the market requirements.   They wanted to design and sell products that are Better, Faster or cheaper than the competition by a big margin (4X). That’s how they coined the name BEFACH Products.  They say if they make a product it should be a BEFACH product or nothing. They aren’t keen on a “me too” product and getting into a price war with the competition.

As Hard Water was a widespread problem, they wanted a product that was Easy to use, Very Effective and Low Cost.

The current solutions in the market required high capital Investment requires Plumber, requires Fortnightly Regeneration, regular maintenance, Electricity and has a lot of water wastage.

With a lot of research and testing in different labs, they have developed a product called DCAL that is Low cost, requires No maintenance, No Installation and is Green (No Water wastage and No Electricity required).

Hardness in water is primarily caused by high amount of Calcium and Magnesium.  So instead of the traditional method of using filters to remove Calcium and Magnesium, they used a Food grade media to remove the stickiness of Calcium ions.  So while Calcium continues to be in the water, it does not stick to walls, Taps, buckets, hair, etc. The product DCAL is also not bulky and is of the size of a regular water bottle.   It needs to be just dropped in the overhead water tank thus eliminating the need for any pipes been cut or needing any plumber. Also, because of the small size, it became possible for them to sell on E-Commerce sites like Amazon.

It cost just Rs. 3600/= (as compared to market solutions that are Rs.30, 000/= onwards).  It also lasts for a year’s time. Also, the body of the device is designed in such a way that it floats on top of the water after its inside media is consumed.  So it’s a simple indication to the customer that the product needs to be replaced.

While the sales on Amazon and website www.dcal.co.in has been exponential, Uday mentions that the real excitement is customers giving repeat orders and referring to others.

They are also in the process of developing a low-cost drinking water solution that can reduce the cost of Portable water from Rs. 15/litre to less than 50 paise/litre.  So do watch this space for future updates.