By Our Staff Reporter
DEHRADUN, 25 Aug: Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust, in association with its sister concern Swami Rama Himalayan University has initiated a grand scale Green Initiative, under the leadership of Vice Chancellor Dr Vijay Dhasmana, for the conservation of water within the campus.
Technical expertise of ‘Uttaranchal Koop Man’, HP Uniyal has been sought for the project. He planned and managed the initiative technically. Under this initiative ‘Rain Water’ will be used for non-domestic purposes.
Dr Dhasmana formally launched the project today and dedicated it to India’s save water campaign. “Importantly 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,” he underlined. “This is our humble contribution aimed at reducing everyday water usage rate. We are all aware that water crisis in the world is getting critical by the day. When we realized that 80 percent 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 of the dream project, a whopping amount of about 2 crore litres of rainwater is now being collected, stored and re- used for non-potable purposes like toilet flushing, cleaning and ground aquifer recharge.
9000 square metres of roof top areas of the Nursing College, Medical College and RDI Building at SRHU and HH campus have been prepared to collect roof top rainwater. One lakh fifty thousand litres of water collected thus, 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 lakh litre ‘Storage Tank’, which is completely underground. In accordance with futuristic developmental plans a garden with a fountain will be developed and maintained on top of this tank.
Ensuring continuity of water supply is crucial for the sustainable functioning of the system. “The water collected in 1.5 lakh 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 19 years pattern and data of rainfall in the area was studied, average monthly rainfall calculated, and inlet and outlet water supply quantity calculated. 9.45 lakh litres of roof top rain water will be used for daily flushing and cleaning needs. And importantly 1.57 crore litres of water will be utilised for ground water recharging.
The capacity of our underground storage tank is 1.5 lakh litres. It would be sufficient to supply 3,000 litres of water to the 111 toilets and 138 taps for a period of 365 days, according to Dr Dhasmana.