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Companies and Hospitals in Pune set an example by harvesting Rain Water

Thursday, 22 May 2014 - 8:49am IST | Place: Pune | Agency: dna

Almost 22 per cent of the total water supplied to the city goes to the industrial sector in Pune. After the drought situation two years ago and realising the dependency on water tankers, some big names in the industrial sector took to implementing rainwater harvesting methods (RWH). From garnering industry awards to saving up on money as need for water tankers gets eliminated, the benefits of the investment has now started trickling. When it comes to rainwater harvesting in the industrial sector, Cybage Software is one such company which has adopted rainwater harvesting quite successfully. The RWH systems were installed after the drought about two years ago.

RWH at Cybage

Deepak Nathani, executive director said, “Keeping the water scarcity system in mind and the high dependency that we had on water tankers, we thought that installing a rainwater harvesting system would be prudent since, we have many terraces and we thought of tapping into the resources. We already have a sewage treatment plant at the company which is running successfully. Since our company is located on a slope region, I would say that we haven’t achieved 100 per cent success yet as the water gets trickled down. However, we have observed that our water in our bore-well is enough for gardening all year around, which earlier would have dried up sooner.”

At Bilt Graphic Paper Products Ltd
Bilt Graphic Paper Products Ltd is another firm on Pune- Solapur Road, which has managed to collect 1.3 lakh cubic metre of water every year by adopting rainwater harvesting method in the company. One of the officials of department of environment of the firm said, “The industry has large open space where the rainwater gets accumulated and therefore, the pipe and filter system is not of much use. Hence, we have dug up two pits in our industrial area at a slope and made drains which discharge all the rainwater into these pits.” 

Ruby Hall Clinic sets an example
The clinic had installed a full-fledged rainwater harvesting system to collect and store rainwater five years back. “At today’s date we don’t need to depend on water tankers to fulfill to our water needs. Enough water is stored and conserved with the harvesting project and this is become quite economical too.” said Bomi Bhote, chief executive officer of Ruby Hall Clinic. The clinic also won an award for their energy conservation system, of which the rain water harvesting system was an essential part. 

What the expert says
“The government laws are one of the reasons why companies are opting to install RWH system. They also do this to improve the brand name of the company and earn goodwill from the customers.” said Nikhil Tambade, an RWH consultant working in the commercial and industrial sector.


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