CERE is currently undertaking a project to help the Mumbai Police become more environmentally conscious and self-sufficient by conserving water and recycling wastewater. This project will serve as an example of how a community can reduce its environmental footprint and embark on a path of sustainable development.
This project is being sponsored by Indostar Capital Finance Ltd. and is being implemented at the Armed Police H.Q., Naigaon.
The precinct comprises of police administrative buildings, residential colonies housing over 2,200 families, independent canteens and mess, police station offices and 3 large training/parade/sports grounds with a sports complex. The entire area suffers from severe water shortage and municipal water supply is restricted to less than 15 minutes each day. The area has both open and bore wells but most are dry and inoperational. The severe water scarcity problem had to be urgently addressed by developing a long-term, permanent solution.
(A) Rainwater Harvesting: The Rainwater Harvesting component of the project is currently under way and involves digging deep trenches to serve as percolation pits along the periphery of the open grounds in order to recharge the ground water table so as to rejuvenate dry open wells and bore wells. Simultaneously, the dysfunctional bore wells are being entirely repaired and rejuvenated.
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(B) Create Natural Reed Bed System to Treat Wastewater: A long-term solution to water scarcity is to recycle grey water from the kitchen. This project component involves treating a part of the grey water from the police residential colonies through an effective and natural Reed Bed System and using the clean treated water to maintain the open grounds. Therefore, this intervention will help (a) conserve potable water for watering open grounds, (b) recharge the ground water table, and (c) reduce wastage of water.
(C) Education & Awareness Workshops: It is important for the community to understand the basic concepts of the project including the Reed Bed System so that there is a sense of participation and ownership of the entire initiative. CERE will conduct a series of workshops for police personnel, children and residents on water conservation and rainwater harvesting.