Water Distribution Water for the World: The Need for Green Growth

Author / Editor: Anuj Bhagwati / Dominik Stephan

As of now, quality of water and its distribution has been a concern in India. However, the new initiatives taken by the government will held improve water quality. Read to know more about the challenges and solutions with regards to the water treatment.

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A robust water treatment system offers clean potable water.
A robust water treatment system offers clean potable water.
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One of the biggest problems that India is facing today is the availability of clean water. A recent study indicates that by 2030, the water supply in India will be half of its demand, which would be enough to significantly hamper the social and economic development of the country. At the same time, the rapid expansion of cities and industries has rapidly raised the amount of wastewater. Adequate wastewater disposal and sanitation facilities have thus, become very crucial.

India's water situation primarily depends on the erratic rainfall, which is a serious issue. The aquifers are mostly in poor condition, with deficient safeguards to prevent ‘water mining’ and growing contamination due to industrial pollution and human runoff. Also, the growing population and climate change have started to exert pressure on the water supplies. Water is critical to life, but there is increasing evidence that the water quality is even more important one once imagined.

The effects of polluted water cannot be overemphasized. It is a known fact that chemicals in water can affect human hormonal system and cause cancer. Unclean water leads to an increase in many infectious diseases. And recent studies strongly suggest that contamination of water is leading to malnutrition in children, even where after consuming enough nutritious food.

Government initiative

So it’s a welcome sight to see the government creating a lot of buzz about the environment and seems to be intent about improving water quality and is very strongly promoting sanitation and sewage treatment. It is critical that these initiatives are taken up seriously and actually implemented. Legislation on a comprehensive approach to water pricing is also needed, which on one hand allows ‘water for life’ to be free or very cheap, but prices other consumption in a manner that encourages efficiency. Integration of laws, of projects, and continuous monitoring of air and water quality are perhaps as important as defense to ensure a secure future for the Indian country.

Solutions at A.T.E

In order to treat water and wastewater, A.T.E, Group presents green technologies that are cost-effective. For example, AAA process generates gas, saves energy, reduces chemical consumption and greatly reduces sludge. Also, screening grit and sludge management solutions from Huber enable sewage treatment plants to work optimally and ensure clean and safe working conditions for workers at these plants.

SUPERAxis framework can be deployed for monitoring air and water treatment plants and wastewater treatment plant—giving information that helps taking steps in the right way with less resources used, and in time. Environment management is a massive task and is of top most priority. Only a joint effort by the government, corporate and the citizens can make a positive impact in conservation, to ensure sustainability.

* The author is director of the A.T.E. Group

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