Aditya Kapur, a class XII student is spearheading a unique water conservation model in the aqua-doomed millennium city
Out to recycle and reuse water wasted in RO water operations, The Shri Ram School, Aravali student who started RO wastewater recycling at home first, is now getting around homes, societies and offices to raise awareness through building a community of youth. The efforts will lead to saving tens of litres of water in a day.
Seventeen-year-old Aditya started a campaign Youth For Water, for water conservation at the beginning of 2022. It is a company that engages youth in the implementation and understanding of water management and crisis. Recently, when he realised how much water is being wasted at home, he came up with an amazing idea of reuse RO water and launched a simple device which can save over 100 litres of water rejected by the RO system in two days and later can be used for household purposes.
He started the practice from his home first and within a month he saved over 1500 litres of water. He also installed this experiment at his relatives’ and friends’ houses and then started raising awareness in his society. He gave many presentations to residents. As a result, they adopted his idea and now over 20 families are reusing RO waste water.
When asked about the installation process, Aditya shares that it is very easy to install and convenient to use. There are two RO water pipes. One that gives fresh water and one that lifts out wastewater and that pipe is usually connected to the sewage drain. Now, the easiest way would be to drop the reject pipe in a bucket. But if your daily drinking water requirement is 20 litres then on average your RO water purifier would generate around 60 litres of wastewater.
Assuming you are using a bucket of 15 litres, you would need to empty the bucket 4 times a day. And the biggest pain is keeping a check on the bucket, so it does not overflow. This may not be practical for a lot of users. So, to make it more convenient and unique, we connected that pipe and placed it in a 100-litre tank. The reason behind the 100-litre tank is that in a matter of two days only, the tank fills up to the brim. Now the stored water can be collected in a bucket through the tap attached to the tank and reused for recycling purposes.
“People are not aware of RO wastewater collection and its reuse. I am still working on saving more water and my mission is to target the centralised RO waste water collector tanks in every house, society, office and other areas. This water is not grey and can easily be used for mopping, sweeping and gardening. I hold awareness sessions and upload videos where I tell people how to save RO discharged water and reuse it,” Aditya says.
Why reuse RO wastewater? As much as 75 per cent of the water in today’s world is polluted and has impure particles. RO water is not fit for drinking but as it is removed from the purifier in huge quantities, it cannot be wasted. Hence, reusing wastewater is an important and wise step.
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