Research centre will focus on the solutions to treat sewage problems and inequitable distribution of water across cities
The two alumni members funded the seed of setting up a Re-Water research centre at the IIT Kharagpur to replenish and rejuvenate water resources. The university took a step in order to tackle the burning issues such as sewage disposal and access to clean potable water faced by India.
The scarcity of water for drinking and domestic use is becoming severe and is expected to get worse in the coming years. On the other hand, urban areas of the country are witnessing massive sewage problems, especially during the monsoon. The idea of linking these two crises and coming up with one viable solution is challenging but necessary to be implemented.
Research centre to focus on sustainable use of water
The Aditya Choubey Center for Re-Water Research had planned to build its network with the government bodies to take up this technology and process. However, the research centre will focus on the solutions to solve the issue of inequitable distribution of water across rural and urban areas of the country.
The institute will set up an on-campus plant which will convert 1.35 million litres of sewage water from the hostels to 1.2 million litres of potable water, on a daily basis. The plant is expected to be ready by March 2019. The quality assurance tests will be conducted to demonstrate the suitability of the technology for the treatment of sewage. Also, the test will be done to check the suitability of the treated water for consumption.
The researchers would also be developing an operationally viable technology so that the plant can be profitably commercialised.
Project to be implemented commercially
The project is being developed to attract potential entrepreneurs and government agencies to take up sewage treatment at a large scale. However, they are planning to give a business model for banks to gain confidence in funding such businesses, as similar models of water sustainability have been adopted in foreign countries.
They are looking forward to participatory models in villages to implement this technology. Where they would also engage international water experts and professionals from the industry as researchers and advisors for the centre.