Conjunctive use of Rainwater and Groundwater to provide Safe Drinking Water with intervention of Advanced Technology

A self-sustained conjunctive water (rain & ground) management system using advanced technology and to provide water security perpetually.

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I confirm that I am fully aware of the eligibility criteria, and based on its description, I am eligible to apply to the CSV Prize 2017.

  • Yes, I'm eligible

Preferred language

  • English

Organization name

Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani 333031

Year founded

1964

Initiative stage

  • Growth (the pilot has already launched and is starting to expand)

Annual budget in 2017 (USD)

  • Over $5mil

Number of beneficiaries impacted so far

  • 5,000 - 10,000

Organization type

  • Nonprofit, NGO, or citizen sector

Secondary Focus Area

  • Rural development
  • Nutrition

Headquarters location: Country

  • India

Headquarters location: City

Pilani, Dist. Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan 333031), India

Location(s) of impact

India: Raila, Indrasar, Lasedi, Harinagar, Kakreu Kalan, BITS Campus

Website

http://rainwater.bits-pilani.ac.in/

Facebook URL

https://www.facebook.com/groups/BITSPilani.PilaniCampus/

Twitter URL

https://twitter.com/BITSPilaniIndia

Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?

* Ground water is lowering down due to mismatch withdrawal and recharge caused due to excessive exploitation of ground water
1. Lack of sustainable supply of safe drinking quality water
2. Insufficient access of water for drinking and daily uses
3. Forced to buy quality water.
4. Under financial constraint marginalized and vulnerable group deprived from access to quality water, forced to consume poor quality water leading to health hazards (Dental problems, Joint Pain, Fluorosis etc.
5. Forced Migration.
6. Health

Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?

To provide safe drinking water to billion people in sustainable form: using rainwater (omni present) and ground water.
Social impact:
Women don't have to travel long distances to collect drinking water. It is at their doors' steps.
Runoff water is collected and used for revenue generation.
People get safe and quality drinking water throughout the year.
Healthy society due to safe drinking water

(ii) Environmental Impact:
Supply of drinking water by green (lesser energy intensive) and natural method
Ground water replenishment
Green cash crop is created.
Evaporation, Runoff losses, and soil erosion are minimized

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work

Social impact:
* Women don't have to travel long distances to collect drinking water. It is at their doors' steps: implmented in more than 250 houses
* Runoff water is collected and used for revenue generation: implemented in four villages with more than 6acres of land
* People get safe and quality drinking water throughout the year: Direct benefits more than 1000 and other benefits around 10000 people
* Healthy society due to safe drinking water:house hold and other tanks: water is filtered at three staages
(ii) Environmental Impact:
* Supply of drinking water by green (lesser energy intensive) and natural method: No energy intensive device is used
* Ground water replenishment: more than 5 million litres of water
* Green cash crop is created: pure rain water is used for horticulture using local Earthern pot technique also
* Evaporation, Runoff losses, and soil erosion are minimized: water stored and transported in closed conduit and tank

Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?

1. Individual donations: from villagers: 5%
2. Grants: Rajasthan Asssociation of North America ($40,000), World Bank (Market Development Competition) ($160k), Department of Science and Technology ($100k+ 200k), (Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani ($120k), Sustainable innovation ($3000): 94%;
3. earned Income: Horticulture: 1%
To make the scheme financial sustainable: Scheme stores and uses water for irrigation/ Roof on rent/ Selling pure water; Expected payback period is 4 to 5 years. Expanding the scheme.

Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?

Low cost green Advanced technologies:
1. Scheme design for villages: Image processing, GIS, and automated design
2. Low cost filters: Bio-concrete and Porous concrete
3. Multi-Array sensors: water quality check (Citizen empowerment): Hand held device
4. Directional tunnels: for storing ground water and rainwater
5. FRP-prefabricated tanks
6. Sustainable: perpetual, community
7. Wireless network for information collection from each tank
8. Local Irrigation techniques: Matka (earthen pot)

Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that sparked the beginning of this initiative.

Rajasthan Association of North America (RANA) was willing to help Rajasthan by giving a grant for purpose. Then CM diverted the responsibilities to BITS and BITS Director entrusted me. We (along with my some students) conceived the idea of Rainwater harvesting, designed the scheme and referred it as AAKASH GANGA. When the scheme was presented to our management and representatives of RANA, it was highly appreciated. It was a complete innovative integrated scheme with a great vision. That was my proud moment.
When we implemented our design and put it on ground, that was my another achievement.

Where did you hear about the Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize?

  • Social media

Evaluation results

3 evaluations so far

1. Overall evaluation

5 - This idea rocked my world. It’s awesome! - 0%

4 - This idea seems really exciting. With a little more polishing, it’d be among my favorites. - 33.3%

3 - I think the idea is great, but it needs some work before it moves onto the next round. - 33.3%

2 - I liked it fine but preferred others. - 33.3%

1 - It didn’t make my heart beat faster. Needs significant revisions. - 0%

2. Innovation

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 0%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 33.3%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 33.3%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 33.3%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

3. Social and/or Environmental Impact

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 0%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 33.3%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 33.3%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 33.3%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

4. Financial sustainability

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 0%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 50%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 0%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 100%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

Nothing stands out! I thought it was great. - 0%

5. Potential to Scale / Replicability

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 0%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 33.3%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 0%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 66.7%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

6. Organizational Leadership

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 0%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 33.3%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 33.3%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 33.3%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

7. Potential for Creating Shared Value

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 0%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 33.3%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 33.3%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 33.3%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

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Photo of Ruth Mwanzia

Good work

Photo of RAJIV GUPTA

Thanks. I wanted your constructive comments. Anyway, we can talk later when competition is over.

Photo of Mouhamadou Moustapha Seck

An amazing project that will have a considerable impact on the lives of thousands of people. I make myself available for whatever it takes.

Photo of RAJIV GUPTA

Thanks for your kind comment. I will be happy to work together. Please let me know your ideas and I will also share my idea to move forward

Photo of Mouhamadou Moustapha Seck

http://www.labhidro.ufsc.br/Artigos/TAAA.pdf

Photo of yusuff wasiu adekunle

Thanks, I am novice in your industry, however I wish to know how scaleable your project is. Lastly do you have any plan to extend this project beyond india ? if yes, How do you plan to do So.

Photo of yusuff wasiu adekunle

Nice Idea, I wish you Good luck

Photo of RAJIV GUPTA

Thanks. Kindly provide some constructive ideas which I can incorporate. project is really helping people where water is scared or quality is very poor.

Photo of BP AGRAWAL

Offers potential use of advanced technologies for rural water.

Photo of RAJIV GUPTA

thanks. it is a blend of old and advanced techniques.

Photo of Allan Talles Freitas Silva

Nice work! Ugly 

Photo of RAJIV GUPTA

thanks. welcome some constructive comments also

Photo of B.BarefootHoney

Water is key for so many things. Love the use of traditional technics like earthen pots, very interesting

Photo of RAJIV GUPTA

planning to make a network with these earthen pots equivalent to drip irrigation.