Energy audit of water, sewage pumps in pipeline in Uttarakhand
With an eye on optimising energy consumption, an energy audit of the public water works and sewerage systems is in the pipeline in seven cities of Uttarakhand under the Centre’s Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformationdehradun Updated: Jul 24, 2017 20:43 IST
With an eye on optimising energy consumption, an energy audit of the public water works and sewerage systems is in the pipeline in seven cities of Uttarakhand under the Centre’s Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT).
After the audit, the inefficient, underperforming pumps will be replaced with latest, energy-efficient ones, which are likely to result in up to 30% energy savings.
The Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL), a joint venture under the union power ministry, signed an agreement with the urban development department last week, under which it will prepare an audit report for facilitation of energy efficiency projects in the AMRUT cities of Uttarakhand.
“We will be auditing over 440 drinking water and sewage network pumps in Uttarakhand through an (audit) agency. For the audit, various parameters will be studied including the current energy efficiency of the pumps, how old are they, their extent of energy consumption and how many of those pumps require change among others,” Tarun Tayal, additional general manager (business development) of EESL, told Hindustan Times.
Energy audit is one of the key reforms under the AMRUT scheme, which seeks to improve service delivery and energy efficiency in the public system in the Mission cities of Uttarakhand including Dehradun, Haldwani-Kathgodam, Nainital, Roorkee, Haridwar, Rudrapur and Kashipur.
The audit will be followed by replacement of the old pumps with the new ones that are rated by five-star by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) and consume much lesser energy than the existing ones.
“Carrying out the audit will be the first step to improved energy efficiency. The replacement of old, inefficient pump sets in water and sewerage plants is expected to lead to about 25 to 30% energy savings in the state,” Tayal added.
So far, action plans of the hill state for the entire AMRUT Mission period entailing an investment of ₹593 crore and a central assistance of ₹534 crore have been approved by the Centre.
Water (53.6%) and sewerage (38.1%) constitute the major components of the approved action plans of Uttarakhand.