At the Kalpataru Residency housing society in Sion, newspaper cuttings with reports about the drought in the state and water-saving initiatives taken by several housing societies have been put up on a notice board to inform residents about the need to save water.
“I read several reports on housing societies opting for rainwater harvesting to save water, and decided that we should also take up the cause,” said Shailesh Karia, the society’s secretary.
“We have taken consultations to set up a rainwater harvesting system in our society and will implement it soon,” he said. The residents of the Sion society have also decided to give up their annual rain dance for the festival this year, and will play a dry Holi with gulal so that they do not use too much water to wash off the colour.
The civic body is also engaging citizens to participate in water conservation. On March 1, the rainwater harvesting and water conservation cell of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had conducted a workshop with senior citizens to involve them in the process of spreading awareness about water conservation. “Senior citizens are very active in informing people about such issues and many of them have also taken initiatives in their locality to educate people about water conservation,” said Suprabha Marathe, who heads the cell.
City students, too, are working on saving water. Last month, students of Hansraj Morarji School, Andheri, brought out a report on the total water consumption in the school and campus hostel and came up with steps to save water. “As part of the project, students found the quantity of water consumed in the school each day and have now decided to bring it down,” said principal Anjana Prakash. “They have put up posters telling students not to use the shower and check for leaking taps, among other things. They have also distributed printouts in Hindi and Marathi to the non-teaching staff,” she added.