To assist in water conservation, several companies have taken up water harvesting for their corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities.
Eureka Forbes Institute of Environment (EFIE), CSR wing of the company, has helped over 120 housing societies in Mumbai set up rainwater harvesting plants. The cost of a rainwater harvesting plant ranges from Rs1 to 5 lakh depending on the requirements of the society, and has a payback period of less than a year.
“Increasing population and poor infrastructure has increased the water demands of the city. We decided to do our bit to help people meet their daily needs,” said Shashidar Kashyap, rainwater harvesting programme director, Eureka Forbes.
While rainwater harvesting has helped Abhishek Co-operative Housing Society in Goregaon save 10 lakh litres of water a year, Victoria Memorial School for the Blind in Tardeo saves 6,000 litres of water a day by acting on the company’s advice of recycling waste water. EFIE also monitors the water quality of water in 300 borewells in the city.
“We conduct a technical analysis of a building and propose the most cost-effective way of installation of a rainwater harvesting plant,” said Abhay Surve, officer, environment health and safety, Asian Paints, which has been creating awareness about rainwater harvesting since 2005.
The company has helped Alphonso Housing Society in Malad and housing societies in Powai and Vikhroli install the plants.