BENGALURU: With penalties set to kick in this week for non-installation of Rain Water Harvesting (RWH) structures inside one’s premises, a joint project by UNESCO and the Karnataka State Council for Science and Technology (KSCST) has been launched. The RWH cell of KSCST, part of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) has developed a comprehensive web-based RWH app for the entire country billed as ‘Rainwater Advisor’.
A R Shivakumar, Principal Investigator, RWH, said, “The project, began in March 2015 and we have completed it within the stipulated deadline of ten months.”
Shivakumar, who was recently nominated for the Padma Shri award from Karnataka, has been working in the field of RWH for nearly two decades now. “All my experience and knowledge has been crystallised into this project,” he said.
UNESCO has provided nearly ` 8 lakh for the first phase of the project. It can be accessed on the site: http://22.214.171.124/kscstnmitrwhbeta13.php
“We are readying a mobile app for RWH too and it is likely to be ready before the World Water Day in March when we plan to have a formal launch of the project,” the Principal Investigator said. “As on date, public can fully utilise the site and app. A few cosmetic changes relating to overall apearance might be improvised upon in the next two months,” he added.
Database of Plumbers, RWH Equipment:
With just one lakh out of over 17 lakh properties in the City having installed RWH structures in their premises, despite it being mandatory by the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB), the exhaustive information on the portal will prove very useful to houses opting for it.
The portal, which has an exhaustive database of all information pertaining to water even has statistics of rainfall from all over the country gathered from the Indian Meteorological Department and Karnataka State Disaster Monitoring Committee.
A list of shops that supply RWH and the cost of each piece of equipment required is also displayed on the site. Plumbers within one’s locality and the exact cost that is likely to be incurred for installing the structures based on the dimensions of one’s house are also displayed.
Prominent Team Members
Yogesh Simmhan, Assistant Professor, Supercomputer Education and Research Centre, IISc as well as Dr H A Sanjay, Professor and Head and Sanket Salvi, Assistant Professor, both from Department of Information Science and Engineering of Nitte Meenakshi Institute of Technology provided backend software support while Prof S. Subramanian, Secretary KSCST provided crucial support for the rain water harvesting project.
C S Ramasesha, former Commissioner of Central Groundwater Board Commissioner provided invaluable guidance to the RWH team involved in the project.