The old adage spending money like water, needs to be changed to spending water like money, says Suresh Shirke, Chairman, Indian Water Resources Society (Pune chapter) who has followed basic and simple guidelines to save water at Sant Dnyaneshwar Society at Santnagar, near Aranyeshwar.
“Instead of cleaning two /four wheelers daily by water tubes, we have set an example in our 11 bungalow society to clean it with damp cloth on every third day. Also, we have issued instructions on how water taps should not be kept running in the basin while washing the face, hands or while shaving,” said Shirke, who was also a former secretary in the state cabinet.
“To reduce the outflow quantity in flush tanks, I have suggested putting small water bottles filled in by sand in the flush-tank. However in our society, kitchen or terrace gardens are very common. So my wife and I have used plant friendly foggers that create adequate humidity. Evaporation losses are saved and root water intake is also reduced ( water saving is upto 40 per cent), explains Shirke. Basically foggers are like sprinklers but the water drops do not really reach the ground. The water is diffused in such a fine spray that very little is used and it creates a foggy effect, he added.
Shirke, who was the first Director General of the Water and Land Management Institute at Aurangabad, has listed at least eight to ten ways in which water can be saved and used such guidelines to create awareness among neighbours in the society. “All taps which are leaking should be immediately repaired. If we come across leakage of water in the neighbouring house, we politely bring it to their notice as a social service,” said Shirke.