CSR: Innovate Methods To Conserve Water And Its Consumption
To conserve water on an individual level, a team of passionate bikers have started Express Bike Works (EBW) a two-wheeler service center. Conventionally bike wash and service centers in India use more than 50 liters of water per bike and let the water run out on the streets adding to the sludge. This water is also hazardous, both to the washer as well as to the environment, because it is mixed with hard chemicals used in washing. EBW is working towards changing the dynamics of the bike servicing industry and have designed, developed and manufactured a machine which washes a bike in 2 minutes and uses only 10 liters of water per bike. The used water is constantly recycled up to the level that it can no longer get recycled and then the waste water is used for gardening purpose around the outlets. The sludge generated from the bike wash is also used for gardening purpose. The chemical used for washing are environment friendly so that the waste water and the sludge can be reused.
Nissan in India has saved 95 million litres of water over the past four years through a car wash technique called Foam Wash. Introduced in 2014 at most of the service centres across India, the Foam Wash technique uses only 90 litres of water per car compared to the conventional car wash which consumes 162 litres, thereby reducing water consumption by 44%. Car washes at service centres are a major component of after sales and servicing of customers’ vehicles that require a large amount of water.
Commenting about the initiative, Sanjeev Aggarwal, Vice President, after sales at Nissan Motor India Pvt. said, “We aim to contribute towards sustainable development of society through our product and services. The Foam Wash initiative allows us to collectively save water, time and contribute towards a sustainable eco-system.”
ThinkPhi’s flagship product, Ulta Chaata, is an integrated system for clean water, energy, shade and delivering returns in less than 1 year. It provides up to 100,000 litres of drinking water annually and generates a maximum solar capacity of 1.5 KW. It is also the most networked umbrella in the world with in-built computer and battery back-up up to 72 hours. An Ulta Chaata shows returns 5x faster than conventional Green Tech. A team of only 4 engineers built the first connected umbrella.
Most housing complexes do not meter the water consumption of residents individually. Instead, the residents are charged a fixed flat rate. The individual consumptions are never equal which results in most residents paying for others’ consumption as well. This makes people insensitive towards water wastage in their homes.
With an increasing demand, water is a fast-diminishing natural resource. The imbalance of availability and demand leads to disputes. Water crisis in India is increasing at an alarming rate. On one hand we need a greater resolve to save water but on the other hand we need technology to save water.
As the issue of water scarcity is looming over metropolitans and many other cities and rural areas, it is important for us to take a serious note of this impending crisis and work towards creating a better place for ourselves and for future generations.
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