Work on the rainwater harvesting facility in progress at Jubilee Park on Monday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Picturesque Jubilee Park is getting eco-friendly.
Two structures to harvest rainwater will come up at the tourist hotspot by the end of this month, giving a much-needed fillip to water conservation efforts in a city that goes parched during summer.
Utility company Jusco, which looks after the upkeep of the steel city, has roped in a private agency to build the system near Children’s Corner and along Jubilee Park Road, a little distance away from the rose garden.
“This is a first-of-its-kind initiative at the park, which is spread over 225 acres. Work is going on a war footing to make the project a success so that the structures are ready by the end of this year,” said Imamuddin Khan, the private vendor, who bagged the contract.
According to Khan, each set-up will cost around Rs 3 to Rs 4 lakh and water thus conserved will be used to tend to the plants. The structure comprises a recharge well with a depth of 10 feet.
Pipes and drains are being laid for transporting rainwater to the well that has a filter and adequate storage capacity for reuse or recharge. Once the system becomes operational, it will facilitate constant flow of about 30 litres of rainwater per hour, which can be used for either watering the plants or re-charging the ground water.
This is not the first time that Tata Steel subsidiary Jusco has taken initiative to conserve rainwater. Earlier this year, Jusco commissioned rainwater harvesting project at Shavak Nanavati Technical Institute in Bistupur. Last year, two structures were installed at Tata Main Hospital.
“We have successfully carried out rainwater harvesting at Tata Workers’ Union and Beldih Lake Flats. We have plans to install another one at Professional Flats near Sonari Airport,” said chief of corporate communications, Jusco, Rajesh Rajan.
“Rainwater harvesting is the need of the hour and we have to promote the concept in every possible way. It helps in re-charging the underground water table. The administration should also lend support to our endeavour,” he added.
The city receives an average of 1,200mm to 1,400mm of rainfall every year. But the purest form of water goes down the drains.
“Rainwater harvesting is the least expensive form of augmenting water supply. Though water from some sources is hard, rainwater is clean and soft. It reduces chances of flood, soil erosion, and silting of lakes,” said K.K. Sharma, a city-based environmentalist.