Second day was eventually very informative and fruitful.
How do we go about effective water system management? Abundance of water…loss of water during transportation through pipelines which is apparently more than 30 to 40% was quite mind boggling. We were startled by the figures and got our facts right when Dr. Uday, currently working with the water management team of CSE sensitized us on water challenges faced by us both at urban as well as rural level.
How recklessly we don’t mind wasting our resources and how we rationalize our irresponsibility!
How turbulence in freshwater systems has literally jabbed the fork into the earth and we would be left with only 1140 cubic meters of utilizable quantity of water by 2050 (earlier being 6042 cubic meters ) according to the estimates is scary.
We need to leapfrog new answers as rightly said by Dr. Aditya Batra who is program director of board and funding CSE. New horizons of sensibility can be reached if we shift our indicators of well being from gross national product to gross natural product.
After learning the dynamics of how the water systems work in India we went for the campus walk and got to see really innovative setup made by CSE to conserve, reuse and recycle wastewater in their own arena. We also viewed rainwater harvesting system mainly fixed to gradually raise the water table of the area. The operation and management of the wastewater system at work was something which was an eye-opener to how economical and viable it is to install these miraculous systems. The cost of one wastewater system installed within CSE is around 2.3 lakhs which approximately gives 8000 kilolitres of treated water which is then used for horticulture purposes. The rainwater harvesting system provided a commendable amount of water that is about 1000 liters per day which helps recharging the water table.
It was incredible watching a mini ecological balance CSE has maintained to redefine the conservation of resources which is not only restricted to deforestation and afforestation but also includes how we can pull out the best from traditional methods and fit it into the fast evolving world of today.