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Reclaiming Waste Water to Health Grade Potable Water

Updated: Nov 29, 2022

It is estimated that nearly 2 Lakh Crore litres of sewage is generated by Apartments in Bengaluru per year. This untreated sewage flows up as rivers today. In fact, all the rivers in Bengaluru have been known to carry only sewage for over a decade now. Rapid Urbanization, Improper planning and no policing by authorities are the main reasons behind this mess.

Water is a finite resource on this planet, no new water is generated, only recycled. We are still drinking the same water that Dinosaurs used to drink 100 million years ago. There is a famous quote, ‘There is no wastewater, rather there is only wasted water’.

Over 90% of apartments do not treat sewage and out of the remaining half do not do it religiously. There are few issues like under capacity, foul smell in the final treated water in most of the commissioned Sewage treatment plants. This is where people like Vikas Brahmavar come in. Vikas is the CEO of Boson White Water. They specialize in sewage treatment and post STP water potability [Health Grade water generation]. Over the past decade, they have done tremendous work in solving this problem across Bengaluru. They have been part of multiple success stories on water reclaiming in Bengaluru city. Here are a few Success Stories Vikas mentions with Pride.

Story 1: Vakil Satellite Township

Vakil Satellite Township is a layout housing 300 units. They had a typical challenge which is very common in Bengaluru. They had about 30000 Liters of treated STP water per day which had a foul smell and was sent to the drain. Besides, all the borewells in the layout [6 in number] had run dry which made them rely on external sources for water. Boson White water implemented a ‘Unique Health Grade Water System’ at this layout and was able to make the earlier unusable treated water into Potable water [HGW (Health Grade Water) as certified by multiple laboratories]. Apart from that, to use excess treated water a small pond was created to make water percolate to the ground thus recharging the dry borewells. About 90 Lakh to 1 Crore litres of freshwater gets saved in this layout per year due to this.

Story 2: Soul Space Mall

This commercial space in the IT hub of Bengaluru was both a bulk sewage generator and bulk freshwater buyer. They generate on average 75 KL of sewage per day and need 50 KL of freshwater to be fed into cooling towers. However, they were using water tankers to send out treated water and buy fresh water on both these tasks. This would pile up as an additional cost on the operational expense. However, the trials made on softening the treated water and cooling tower failed. As this required huge amounts of chemicals and as well the water generated was not health grade.

Vikas was able to provide them with a custom-built solution to convert the STP treated water to health grade water that is now used for cooling towers. This solved the logistics problem. Apart from that, there is a cost-saving of 65% on the cooling tower chemicals, 75% freshwater demand has reduced and life of cooling towers at this premise