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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Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani 333031
Growth (the pilot has already launched and is starting to expand)
Annual budget in 2017 (USD)
Number of beneficiaries impacted so far
Nonprofit, NGO, or citizen sector
Secondary Focus Area
Headquarters location: Country
Headquarters location: City
Pilani, Dist. Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan 333031), India
Location(s) of impact
India: Raila, Indrasar, Lasedi, Harinagar, Kakreu Kalan, BITS Campus
problems and solution: A modular broad based Integrated scheme for usage of rainwater and groundwater
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.
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.
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
* 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.
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