· A two-pronged strategy of desalination and recycle and reuse of waste water will help Tamil Nadu achieve self sufficiency in water. Desalination was a viable and stable option to meet the water demand of the municipal segment and waste water reuse and recycle would be the ideal choice to meet the demand of the industrial and agricultural sectors, Mr Rajiv Mittal, CEO, VATech Wabag, said here on Saturday.
In his keynote address at the third edition of the CII Tamil Nadu Water Summit, with the theme, ‘Water security in Tamil Nadu – Issues and challenges’, he said “with bold decision-making by the government and provision of advanced technologies at affordable prices by the private sector, water security of Tamil Nadu is in safe hands’’.
He said, “water is too precious to be used only once”. Some of the large industrial units in Chennai have been recycling and reusing waste water.
· Mr N K Ranganath, Chairman, CII TN Water Summit 2014, and the Chairman and Managing Director of Grundfos Pumps India Pvt Ltd, said that water was one of the important variables for the projected fast- paced economic growth of the country. The Vision 2023 of Tamil Nadu also highlighted the important role water would play in the overall development of the State.
He said there should be equitable distribution of water for the agriculture, domestic and industrial use. There was great scope and need for the rapid increase in agriculture’s water productivity, carefully designed water management strategies to improve the efficiency and productivity of water use, restoration of water bodies and adoption of latest irrigation technologies, he said.
Mr Ranganath said there should be systematic collection, treatment and re-use of urban waste water for agricultural production. This should be associated with enhanced monitoring, health protection and education programmes. The National and international best practices in domestic water and waste water management would help in developing a road map for a water and sanitation infrastructure services and increasing water storage capacity in Tamil Nadu, he said.
The industries could work with the municipal administration for innovative and cost-effective technologies for reuse and recycling of waste water for industrial use, Mr Ranganath said .
· Mr Ravi Sam, Chairman, CII Tamil Nadu & Managing Director, Adwaith Textiles Ltd, said that the Indian scriptures have stressed the importance of water and the ancient Indian culture and civilisation worked around water. It was necessary to preserve water and take the progress of the country forward.
· Mr S Raghupathy, Executive Director, CII-Godrej Green Business Centre said there had been substantial fall in water availability and stress on ground water sources owing to large scale pollution. He said there was enormous potential for water saving, harvesting of rain water, and reuse and recycle of waste water.
Mr Raghupathy said the green building project movement has been gathering momentum and it helped in saving water up to 30 per cent and zero discharge of waste water through recycling.
At the valedictory session, Mr K Phanindra Reddy, IAS, Principal Secretary, Municipal Administration & Water Supply Department, Government of Tamil Nadu said that in the State several farm ponds and tanks have been restored to ensure water security. The aim of Tamil Nadu Vision 2023 was to ensure universal access to water and sanitation to its people besides protection of wetlands, water bodies and coastal zones said Mr Reddy.
· The TN Water summit brought together various stakeholders in the water sector. They held discussion in three sessions on the key challenges and concerns facing various user segments including agriculture, domestic, and industry and suggested action points to address and achieve water sustainability for all segments by water harvesting, judicious use of available water, and recycling and reuse of waste water and the technologies for that.
Tamil Nadu is facing a water deficit of 11% at present and the state is set for an acute water crisis in the coming years. As a matter of fact, Tamil Nadu is dependent on its neighbours when it comes to water - the same can be seen from its borrowing of water from states such as Andhra Pradesh (Krishna water), Kerala (Mullaperiyar) and Karnataka (Kauvery).
With this background, Tamil Nadu State office of CII organized a TN Water Summit on 18 October 2014 at Chennai. This would be the 3rd Edition and the theme of the Summit is “Water Security in Tamil Nadu – Issues and Challenges”. The TN Water Summit envisages a Vision to transform Tamil Nadu into a state with no water scarcity and ensure abundant water supply on a timely basis.
The objective of the event was to bring together stakeholders in the water sector to deliberate the key challenges and concerns facing Tamil Nadu’s water sector and to identify key action points to address and achieve water sustainability, equity and security for various user segments including domestic, industry and agriculture. The event could also seek to identify specific policy actions to be initiated to facilitate an effective role for the private sector in the Water sector particularly with respect to ushering in technology, investments and funding and know-how into the sector.
The one-day summit attracted policy makers, private sector organizations, investors, user groups and other stakeholders engaged in the water sector. The Summit could also seek to bring in speakers from other countries to share their perspectives and facilitate sharing of international best practices that are relevant to Tamil Nadu.
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