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Career focus: Water Management

It is said quite often that to make your mark, take the plunge. Quite a new concept but, Water Industry is literally an area where one has to plunge.

india Updated: Mar 14, 2006 12:50 IST

It is said quite often that to make your mark, take the plunge. Quite a new concept but, Water Industry is literally an area where one has to plunge.
Conservation is the key to a fine living in the new century. This is the time when every step must be taken in order to conserve water.

Water resource management is seen as an alternative career that will soon turn mainstream given the situation. “It is now that people are waking up and realising the importance of water as a commodity. And to effectively use and reuse this resource that makes our planet is a booming industry now,” says Shivani Gupta of Aqua Careers.

Aqua Career is India’s only company that deals solely with job placements for the water industry. The present water industry is pegged at 25,000 crores and growing at the rate of 20 per cent annually. Sectors like the Packaged Drinking Water is growing at 30 - 40 per cent annually.

Industries all over are employing people specifically to manage their wastewater. Agro-based companies are looking for innovative ideas and effective management for the adam’s ale.

“There is a dearth of understanding of the concept as a whole,” says Saleem, a water treatment consultant. “There are numerous angles to the industry. One can look at water management systems like agricultural and industrial, or even ground water harvesting.”

One has to have science as background to look for a career in this area. The current scene is that engineering graduates are making their inroads. But those with a basic background in science and even BSc and MSc students can apply.
Several universities abroad have started proper engineering and management programmes in the sector.

The Water Resource Management programme prepares students to meet the needs of environmental, municipal, industrial, and agricultural water management. Students learn about water quality, measurement, pumping, and the legal aspects associated with its use.

However, in India, there are just two universities that offer engineering degrees with water industry as a subject.

The areas one can look at are:
Water Management Systems, Dewatering and Flood Control, Water Treatment and Purification, Liquid Waste Management, Wastewater Management and Recycling, Sewage and Sludge Treatment, Desalination and Distillation, Water Conservation, Packaged Drinking Water, Boilers and Cooling Towers, Water Pollution Monitoring, Rain Water Harvesting and Ground Water Management.

The pay packages in this industry at middle level is between 5-10 lakh per annum and for senior level is above 15 lakhs.
With governments and industries pouring in money and setting up specific committees, this is where one must ponder.

SMART BOX
Ready to plunge?
The following institutes offer courses in water management:
• Faculty of technology and engineering, Vadodara
• Shri Guru Gobind Singhji College of Engineering and technology, Nanded

First Published: Mar 14, 2006 12:50 IST