A WORKER at the water supply department of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), Raju Baliram Palmate, has found a unique solution to counter water crisis plaguing the city–after washing clothes, use the same water for other purposes such as mopping the floor, flushing toilets and other purposes. This way, he manages to save about 150 litres of water every day, by reusing the water.
A resident of Durganivas Apartment at Karve Nagar, Palmate said, they get water from PMC once in two days. “We were finding it difficult to manage initially. But then my wife and I decided to save water. We thought of reusing the water used for washing clothes. We collect this water in drum and buckets. Then we use this water for flushing in toilets, washing sink and basin and to mop the floor in our house. The idea has worked well. We found that by reusing the water left after washing clothes, we are saving about 150 litres of water every day. Apparently, we are able to save more water for drinking and cooking purposes this way,” said Palmate.
“I am working with the PMC’s water supply department for the last 21 years. My work has made me more aware about the importance of saving water. I have even taught my children not to waste water while taking a bath,” he said.
Palmate said that he has also asked his neighbours and friends to try out this idea at their homes. Palmate’s keen interest in the issue is also evident from the fact that his house decoration followed the theme of water conservation during Ganesh festivities. He and his children put up posters on water conservation all over the house.