With many water sources drying up leading to acute shortage of water in Indore neighbourhoods, city schools are doing their bit to conserve water and sensitise students about saving water.
From sewage treatment plants (STP) to rainwater harvesting, aquifer recharging, rooftop water harvesting and drip irrigation, schools are opting for every possible means to conserve and increase ground water levels.
Speaking to Hindustan Times about water crisis and ways to overcome it, Siddharth Singh, principal of Emerald Heights International School, says that the school has installed a STP to make the campus zero water wastage.
“We have made sure that whatever water we use, is recycled for this the school has set up a STP that helps us in using treated water for different purposes…,” he says.
While the Emerald Heights International School has achieved zero water wastage in its campus, Daly College has been successful in raising the water level in the campus and its neighbourhood.
The college has been conserving waters for year to maintain the 118 acre of lush green campus, says principal Sumer Singh.
“More than 90% of water required to maintain gardens and grounds is treated water,” he says.
“We have sealed the water outlets so when it rains the grounds are flooded with water and instead of letting it waste, the water is treated and used for watering plants.”
Singh has brought a number of changes in the school to conserve and save water, including changing the working hours of gardeners when the sun is at its low, which does not let the water evaporate easily and use of drip irrigation method for gardening.
Apart from contributing to the environment, the schools see these steps as a medium to sensitise students about water conservation.
Raminder Mac, dean at Choithram School says: “Looking at how things are going, it is extremely important to sensitize students about saving and conserving water. They need to be told about the water shortage its solutions.”
“When they see something like this being done in school, they go back home and talk about this. This helps in spreading awareness,” he says.
As a result of these measures taken by schools, students too are contributing their bit in conserving water, says Jennifer Chako, director of Laurels International School.“Although the school set up its treatment plant recently, students are taking small measures on their behalf to conserve water,” she says.
“One of the students suggested an idea to put a brick in the toilet flushes to reduce water wastage by more than 14 litre every day. His idea has been implemented in both the campuses of our school.”
Emerald Heights International School has installed a STP to make the campus zero water wastage
Daly College has been successful in raising the water level in the campus and its neighbourhood
Laurels International School has set up its treatment plant recently.