March 22nd was World Water Day. This year, the United Nations is working towards highlighting the linkages between water and energy. As a technology company that has deep focus on the energy and utilities sector, we know how inextricably linked the two are.
The energy industry uses water for generation and transmission. According to the UN about 8% of global energy is used for pumping, treating and transporting water. One cannot survive without the other.
But the sad truth is that there are 1.3 billion people without access to electricity and 768 million without access to improved water sources. According to the UN, 2/3rd of the world’s population is projected to face water scarcity by 2025. How does this “bottom billion” survive?
The World Water Day is a time to stop and ponder over the role we play in eradicating the poverty of water and thinking about how we can improve our role so that we serve society better.
Up to 45% of water is lost due to leaks in aging water infrastructure. There are ways to minimize these losses and as a technology company, in more than 10 years of working with Water and Wastewater Utilities, we have developed several robust solutions that are helping our customers battle the war against water shortages.
As a business, one should lay processes to conserve water. We have several initiatives within Wipro for water conservation. We recycle 30% of the water consumed in 24 of our major locations using sewage treatment plants. We harvest 20,000 KL of rainwater on our campuses - 25% of this is used by us, 75% is used to recharge the ground water. Our ‘Responsible water’ project aims to drive behavior and actions of water management for our operations and involve the larger community in watershed management
Last year the theme for our Earthian program was water conservation and water management, encouraging students to gain a highly granular understanding of water as a resource. This year we organized a ‘Rain water harvesting” forum on the 22nd of March at one of our biggest campuses.
It is my belief that water will be an area where technology will be applied intensely in the coming years. Just as we are committed to taking the right steps for its conservation, we are equally committed to technological innovation in the area.
Here is an interesting video on water - watch it and comment below to tell me how you are reducing your water consumption. And, do let me know what we, as a company, can do better in the area of water management.