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Serving community
Do you want to test the quality of water you consume everday?



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Vol. 4                                     No.1                           February 2002

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CII initiative

Confideration of Indian Industry (CII) has initiated a drive to popularise rainwater harvesting amongst its members. On February 19, its Delhi state council organised a session on water management at Delhi.

Serving community

The touchtel division of Bharti Telenet Limited (BTL) is serving the community by implementing rainwater harvesting in Delhi’s residential complexes. Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), a New Delhi-based non-governmental organisation is giving them the technical guidance. To begin with, BTL has taken up pilot project in three colonies - East of Kailash, Greater Kailash Enclave and West End with the involvement of the resident welfare associations.

For further information:
Anupama M Jhingon
Bharat Telenet Limited
210, Okhla Industrial Estate
New Delhi

One of the CII’s member Niranjan Khatri, who is implementing rainwater harvesting in the chain of ITC hotels began the session by sharing his experiences of catching rain in his residential colony in Gurgaon.

During the discussion an important query was raised by S Roy, chairman of Indian Institute of Ecology and Environment on the possibility of rainwater harvesting contaminating groundwater. Katri explained that the entry of bacteria or suspended materia

ls could be prevented by constructing recharge structures at a distance from existing borewells or by diverting the roof water well above the aquifers. S B Singh of Central Ground Water Authority (CGWB) while contesting Khatri’s explanation said that CG

WB is directly recharging rainwater into the aquifers. He said that since rainwater is pure, the fears related to contamination are baseless.The session convinced the participants to harvest rainwater, but they also raised the need to evolve an effective system to monitor the water quality before it is being recharged.

For further information:
Deepak Pandhi,
CII (Northern Region), New Delhi
Email: deepak.pandhi@ciionline.org

Explore.... http://www.aboutrainwaterharvesting.com

Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage (TWAD) Board has a comprehensive website on rainwater harvesting and management that can be accessed in both English and Tamil languages. The site details about various aspects of rainwater harvesting its history, traditional and modern methods of implementation along with the cost benefit analysis. You can also download their manual and newsletter. The site also attempts to answer most of the queries arising in the mind of the layperson while thinking to implement rainwater harvesting, at their levels. A series of case studies and the contact details of the persons, who could facilitate the implementation are provided. Explore this site and harvest rain!

Do you want to test the quality of the water, you are consuming everyday ?

S No Parameters Type Permissible limits a.Development Alternatives
B-32, Tara Crescent  Qutab Institutional Area
New Delhi - 110 016
Tel: 696 7938, 656 5370, 685 1158

b. Central Pollution Control Board
Parivesh Bhavan CBD-cum-office complex East Arjun Nagar Shahadra, New Delhi - 110 032
Tel: 244 7014, 2222 073, 2222 071

c. Delhi Test House
A-62/3, G.Karnal Road
Industrial Area
Opp. Hans Cinema
Azadpur, Delhi- 110003
Tel. 7437327, 7435509, 7427672

d. Shriram Institute for Industrial Research
19, University Road
Delhi-110 007
Tel: 7257267 7257860

1. Physical i)Turbidity 5 ntu*
    ii) Colour 10 Hazen scale
    iii) Taste and Odour 1
2. Chemical i) pH value 6.6
    ii) Hardness 7.5 mg/l
    iii) Total solids 500mg/l
    viii) Zinc 5 mg/l
    ix) Copper 1 mg/l
    x) Iron 0.3 mg/l
    xii) Arsenic Nil
    xiii) Lead Nil
    xvii) Cyanide Nil
3. Biological and Microorganic Coliform bacteria Nil
4. Radiological ?- a emitters Nil
    emitters Nil

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