MG university saved Rs 35 lakhs this summer with rainwater harvesting
Kottayam: At a time when people of the region are desperate to find water for daily use, the Mahatma Gandhi (MG) University has set an example for water management and saved Rs 35 lakhs this summer. Vice Chancellor of the university Prof Sabu Thomas said that the varsity has harvested rain water and stored 4.5 crore litre of it in Ravindra Sarovar, a quarry-turned pond inside the campus.
Every day, the campus needs 1.5 lakh litres of water for daily use for various purposes. in the previous years, the water used to be supplied in tanker lorries from January. It alone had cost Rs 35 lakhs. This year, the university hasn’t spent a single penny for this purpose, said Dr K Krishnadas, a syndicate member.
Earlier, hostels were shut down due to scarcity of water. Water from the roofs of 20 buildings in the campus is stored at Ravindra Sarovar. Besides the Sarovar, another renovated pond near the university ground was also used to store water. It holds 45 lakh litres of water and is being used at hostels, quarters and other various departments.
The university has also initiated efforts to rise the underground water level through rainwater harvesting pits inside the campus.