The Confederation of Indian Industry held the Annual Water Conference 2017 - Water Resource Management-Urban & Industrial on 9 March 2017 at Bengaluru. ‘Watch & Watch Yourself’ a three-part plan to alleviate Bangalore’s waste water woes was launched by Shri R V Deshpande, Hon’ble Minister for Large & Medium Industries, Government of Karnataka at the conference. Karnataka State Water Network created a website http://kswn.in to take a self-compliance PLEDGE on management of water as per the regulations. DECLARE the source, usage, water and waste-water quality parameters on a quarterly basis. REPORT environmental violations related to water, which will be shared with the relevant regulatory bodies as and when reported.
The Government of Karnataka aims to improve water resource management in urban areas in a holistic and sustainable manner. Investment support will be provided to modernize and expand urban water supply and sanitation while strengthening relevant institutions to enhance efficiency, productivity and sustainability in water use. Understanding the urgent need to restore and protect lakes, Government of Karnataka constituted an expert committee to study the problems and suggest remedies for the preservation and restoration of lakes. The committee has already made its recommendations and Government is working towards its implementation. With the objective of restoring lakes and facilitating restoration of ground water table the Government has constituted Lake Development Authority (LDA), a first of its kind initiative in the country. LDA will take remedial measures to restore and revitalize dying lakes and coordinate efforts of various organizations. The authority will also monitor and manage water quality and lake ecology.
The Conference addressed the issue of water that it requires the participation of all stakeholders and not just the industry or government alone. Of the total domestic sewage in Bangalore, around 50% is untreated and flows directly into storm water drains and lakes. While the capacity of sewage treatment infrastructure in the city is insufficient to treat the waste, we have an opportunity to leverage decentralized waste-water treatment and increase reuse at the local level. There was a need of communities to take ownership and responsibility for water & waste-water management and to discourage non-compliance or unauthorized practices.