Vadodara : ‘Life depends on water, the reservoir depends on you’ – religiously following this mantra, Central GST Vadodara-II Commissionerate (Vadodara CGST) office under the Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance has embarked on a mission to recycle wastewater. Under their initiative ‘Jal Sanchay’ (water accumulation), the employees are saving about 14.7 Lakh litre annually, that otherwise would have been discarded into the drain.
Taking inspiration from Central Government’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, the project, executed at the GST Bhavan at Subhanpura, aims to recycle waste water from Reverse Osmosis (RO) water purifiers and condensed water from Air Conditioners (ACs). Leaving no drop to waste.
“The project is an outcome of a brainstorming session on ways to reduce water wastage and reckless waste disposal habits which are grave problems that need immediate attention”, said Mr. J.S Sehra, Superintendent, Central GST and Customs (Vadodara CGST).
Emphasizing on the need to recycle and reuse waste water from RO filters, Bharat Prasad, Inspector, Central GST and Customs (Vadodara CGST) says it is not rocket science and anyone can implement it.
“An RO unit expels at least three litres of water into the drain to purify 1 litre of water. All you need is a drum or a container to store the water discharged from the filter. One can use this water for washing and cleaning purposes such as cleaning utensils or mopping.”
“Using at home for past 7 months, there has been no side effects to using this waste water till date. At home alone installed in personal capacity, this setup is saving about 23,000 litres annually. The project report has also been submitted to Central Pollution Control Board, New Delhi regarding policy matter on ways to utilize RO wastage water,” he adds.
The project, at household level, costs up to Rs 1,500 inclusive of expenditure on the installation and purchase of the drum. It is a one-time investment, and independent of manpower, electricity or any additional maintenance.
The RO system installed at the Revenue Café inside the premises has a capacity of 80 litres and fills the water cooler twice a day. The waste water pipe of this RO is connected with a 500-litre overhead tank. Similarly, the Guest House filter with a 15-Litre-tank capacity is connected to a 200-Litre-tank and the RO fills it thrice a day. Just 2 of these RO system saves about 1,70,000 litres annually.
To put things into perspective, the water that otherwise would have reached the drains and burdened the water treatment plants, is now being used for cleaning purposes and replenishing the ground water tables.
The entire government-funded project utilizing 9 RO systems costs around Rs. 60,000.
“Central GST Vadodara-II Commissionerate is endeavoring to be an engine of change and create an ecosystem of recycling of PET Plastic bottle and E-Waste along with reducing polythene bags in our surroundings and ultimately reducing Carbon Foot Prints”, says Mr. Sehra.
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