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Bengaluru: Buildings with rainwater harvesting may also get a 5% cut price on water payments

The Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) is taking into consideration taking the reward route to popularise implementation of rainwater harvesting: It can also supply a 5 per cent cut price on month-to-month water payments to homes with RWH facilities.

The thinking used to be brainstormed on Saturday throughout a digital session titled ‘Catch the Rain, Bengaluru’ organised via National Water Mission, BWSSB and Biome Environmental. The rebate on the water bill, if offered, will be on the traces of the concession being prolonged via BBMP on property tax paid earlier than the due date, and is predicted to inspire extra property proprietors to deploy RWH systems.

National Water Mission director G Asok Kumar mooted the notion and BWSSB chairman N Jayaram responded, declaring the inspiration will be taken up for dialogue at the next board meeting.

BWSSB until now affords a grasp certificate to these imposing RWH. Jayaram said, “BBMP offers 5% rebate on property tax if it is paid early in the economic yr and in an identical way, we ought to additionally see what can be carried out to promote RWH.”

While Bengaluru’s dependence on the Cauvery river and different sources for water has resulted in losses for BWSSB, Jayaram stated RWH can certainly assist the city. Giving an example, he stated it takes Rs ninety-five to furnish 1,000 litres of Cauvery water to Bengaluru, whilst solely Rs seven is gathered from residents for the same. He introduced an exponential increase of the metropolis will pose a project if RWH is now not applied with citizens’ lively participation.

According to Jayaram, Cauvery water is added to the town from 90km away. About 1,440MLD is being furnished to Bengaluru and extra floor water of 600 MLD is drawn.

BM Somashekar, the chief engineer of the board, stated notwithstanding the number of wet days that have come down in the city, Bengaluru continues to get hold of 850mm rainfall annually. But very little is being saved and reused. The board has delivered many consciousness programmes to promote RWH, such as taking residents and college students to Sir M Visvesvaraya Rain Water Harvesting Theme Park.

According to BWSSB, Bengaluru spans about 800sqkm, however, BWSSB jurisdiction is 570sqkm as of now, serving a populace of 80.5 lakh, whilst others proceed to rely on water tankers, specifically, these residing in apartments. The average per capita consumption of water in Bengaluru is about sixty-five lakh litres a day.

Somashekar stated BWSSB has about 8,000 energetic borewells in the city, however many are drying up all through summer. He brought they have about 27 RWH fashions for citizens, which can now not solely assist them to reuse water however recharge borewells too. Kumar stated education plumbers can make a huge difference.

Some residents who have applied to RWH shared their experiences, announcing how they don’t have to matter on water tankers and BWSSB. Ashok Mrityunjaya, a resident of Aditi Elite rental in Bellandur, stated the complicated did no longer have a BWSSB connection and was once established on tankers. But after imposing RWH and digging borewells to recharge water, they have been in a position to preserve for nearly one year.

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