Save Water Campaign executed in Swami Rama Himalayan University

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Project for rain water conservation launched at Himalayan Institute

Dateline Dehradun: Swami Rama Himalayan University initiated a mammoth ‘Green Initiative’ for the conservation of water within the campus.

With the technical expertise of ‘Uttaranchal Koop Man’, HP Uniyal who planned and managed the initiative a valuable natural resource will now be used for non-domestic purposes within the University campus.

Launched today and dedicated to India’s Save Water Campaign, Vice Chancellor Dr Vijay Dhasmana said, “The project will increase awareness of students about ‘scarcity of clean water’ and sensitize them on the importance of ‘conservation of water,’ a precious natural resource. When we realized that 80% of water requirement of the SRHU campus could be met with or replaced through rainwater harvesting we decided to go ahead with the project.”

After three months of meticulous planning and construction, close to 2 crore litres of rainwater is being collected, stored and re-used for non-potable purposes like toilet flushing, cleaning and ground aquifer recharge.

9000 sq mtrs of roof top areas of the Nursing College, Medical College and RDI Building at Swami Rama Himalayan University and HH campus have been prepared to collect roof top rainwater. One lakh fifty thousand litres of water collected, is treated and filtered through a natural process with the help of ‘Uttaranchal Koop’ method, for which Uniyal was conferred the National Urban Water 2008 Award. This water is collected in a 1.5 lac litre ‘Storage Tank’, which is completely underground.

The water collected in 1.5 lac storage tank will be supplied to different buildings for flushing and cleaning and will be sufficient for 365 days. It will cater to 111 toilets and 138 taps. “We have cut off the normal supply of water, and instead supply 3000 litres per day of collected roof top rain water, which we calculated is the daily need,” Uniyal explained.

To arrive at this figure, close to to two decades of rainfall data was studied, average monthly rainfall calculated, inlet and outlet water supply quantity calculated. 9 lakh 45000 litres of roof top rain water will be used for daily flushing and cleaning needs. And importantly 1 crore 57 lakh litre of water will be utilized for ground water recharging.

The capacity of our underground storage tank is 1.5 lakh litre. It would be sufficient to supply 3000 litres of water to the 111 toilets and 138 taps for a period of 365 days, Dr Dhasmana proudly revealed.