Water Conservation & Management – CE
Currently, around half of all urban dwellers live in cities and almost 10 percent of urban dwellers live in megacities. As cities around the world experience this exploding growth, the need to ensure they can expand sustainably, operate efficiently and maintain a high quality of life for residents, becomes even greater than it is today. This is where smart cities come into the picture.
The term “smart cities” is trending amongst governments, urban planners and even the private sector to address the projected demands of cities in the future. Making cities smarter to support growth is emerging as a key area of focus for governments and the private sector alike. Smart cities are about to make huge investments to uplift the infrastructure, economy, energy efficiency, and nevertheless environment. Smart cities encompass six important sectors that need to work in unison to achieve a common goal of making a city more livable, sustainable and efficient for its residents. These sectors are smart energy, smart integration, smart public services, smart mobility, smart buildings, and smart water.
One of the most critical factors for the growth and sustenance of a smart city is its water system. The term “smart water” points to water and wastewater infrastructure that ensures this precious resource – and the energy used to transport it – is managed effectively. It is equally impertinent that we make our Earth and Water resources burden less and persistent.
With this background, Centre for Advanced Water Technology & Research has been setup at MR Campus which comprises scientists, technocrats, professionals, academicians, members of RWAs, etc as Manav Rachna consortium. This would focus on all the problems associated with water and its issues and would bring about awareness and solutions in this area.
The Centre for Advanced Water Technology & Management at Manav Rachna has been bestowed with the prestigious ‘Aqua Excellence Award 2017’under the category of ‘Excellence in Resource Management -Institutional Sector’. The award was presented by the renowned environment activist Dr Vandana Shiva at the XI World Aqua Congress 2017 organised at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi on the theme ”Water and Environment Solutions: Cutting Across Borders”.
The Centre for Advanced Water Technology & Management (CAWTM) at Manav Rachna was awarded for its exemplary work in the revival of the Badhkal Lake in Faridabad and for its commitment to promote awareness, and trigger action on critical water issues at all levels, including the highest decision-making level, to facilitate the efficient conservation, protection, development, planning, management and use of water in all its dimensions on an environmentally sustainable basis for the benefit of all life on earth. The award was received by Dr. D K Chadha, Chair Professor & Chairman, CAWTM & Former Chairman, CGWA; Dr. Sarita Sachdeva, Dean Research, MRIIRS; Dr. Mukherjee, Director and the team of CAWTM.