Water resources in urban areas of India are significantly stressed due to high water demand and complex consumption patterns within small but densely populated areas and local level solutions are essential for sustainable water management. Around 80% of the water supply flows back into the ecosystem as wastewater which is a critical environmental and health hazard. Proper treatment, management and reuse of wastewater will help cities in reducing their local water demand.
The CapaCITIES project is supporting Indian cities to include climate considerations while addressing service delivery challenges in water and waste water management sector:
- Conducted scientific assessments for effective waste water management in Udaipur and for choosing the right technology to treat wastewater entering the Singanallur lake area in Coimbatore.
- Technical assistance provided to Rajkot to understand potential in water augmentation and ground water recharge systems and in reuse of treated wastewater.
- Installed Groundwater Recharge Systems at 5 locations in Rajkot as pilot demonstrations for city to scale-up.
- Reduced the Non-Revenue Water (NRW) in Siliguri by providing two water leak detection machines.