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08 Edition
Nov 2021


(Here are memorable excerpts from the meeting of ICCW)


We've heard a lot from these experts, and it's not going to stop until they finish their presentation. We're attempting to piece together which of these elements they revealed with us. We are attempting to do something beneficial to society. We are attempting to guide our efforts in the appropriate direction at all times, with the assistance of professionals.

- Sripati Cowlagi  


Someone will be awarded a great reward if they can solve the problem of social engineering and acceptability for the answers we need in the marketplace, in our houses, flats, and structures of various types. We don't need to bother about solutions if the customer knows this. And there are apparent solutions for all of us. In particular, substantial cost and technological upheavals have occurred in the last 10-20 years.

- Hari Haran  


This is one of our challenges; engineers, for example, decided on long-distance water in 1925-28, even before Vishwarai and others tried it here; in the western world, particularly in the United States, when the Hoover Dam was built and afterward, the entire idea was to bring water from the forest to cities to ensure that we were fed with it. As a result, cities have become parasitic. Today, I am your city, and my city is any city, and we deplete 80% of natural resources in order to feed these cities. We are unable to think in the same manner as they did. If I were to claim they considered long-distance water because it appeared feasible at the time, I'd be lying. Because the population was significantly lower, it was feasible for them to do so. However, with advances in technology such as genetic sciences and other fields, you should consider disrupting waste water treatment to a level that is clean and safe to drink, as Singapore and China have done.

- Hari Haran  


Satyagraha was solely practised in India. Despite the fact that it ruled over numerous other nations, Quit India only happened in India. It is critical to recognise the need and to be a type of moment that can be absorbed by that culture. Although Gandhi was viewed as a teacher by Nelson Mandela, what we do here may not be appropriate in another place. It's critical to create moments that reflect the region's importance. And there are a limited number of things that can be done in the framework of the country. What are these movements, and how do we deal with them?

- Pradeep  


What grabbed my heart today was your statement that 1/3 of us consume 200+ litres each day, and that the majority of us present now are part of that 1/3. As a result, I believe that this issue should be carried to those slum residents to see how we can empower them and whether we can hand over the authority and say, "You people tell us what to do." I don't believe we should make the decision. We should inform them because that is the nature of democracy, and we should listen to them. I believe that individuals who have something are willing to share it with others who do not. One location where there is homogeneity is among the children. If we can start some campaigns with schools to get them enthusiastic about this, that would be fantastic, since they are the future. Water, unlike electricity, is unfortunately free. There is no incentive to preserve as long as it is free. Those who are suffering and whose future depends on how water is managed today will very certainly take the lead, and we should follow suit.

- Nandakumar E


Every time we talk about water, we bring up the governments and everyone else. They are spending tens of billions of rupees on fresh water for agricultural and domestic use. It will make a significant impact if they can invest 1% of the money spent on fresh water on water purification. The Telangana government, for example, has spent over a lakh crores to up-pump the whole Godavari river for agriculture purposes. This is the largest project in the world. They are investing a relatively small amount on waste water treatment. If the government's sole goal is to gain votes, this is how they will spend and present themselves. Citizens must become aware that this is what we wish to do.

- Sam Pappu


WOW spoke to aspiring engineers about rainwater collecting. Recharging of the groundwater table. And at the Don Bosco School of Engineering, there's a focus on sustainable development.

- Vijayaraj


Educating youth and children goes a long way. Thank you for this.

- Neel Mathews


Many congratulations ! Please email me the presentation for us to propagate to many more youth, of course under the aegis of WOW. Many thanks.

- UVK Rao

Inspire young minds

These are extracts of conversations of WOW members in the Core Executive Group. Add your comments, views


R S.   Z E R O    O N    T H E    N E E L    M A T H E W S’ S    W A T E R    B I L L

Water shortage is imminent. Do rainwater harvesting. Make your own family from water positive. Let the remaining water flow into the ground. Let us bring ground water up. Let us stop the groundwater depletion.

- Neel Mathews


N E W    W A T E R     P O L I C Y    P R O P O S E S   I T - E N A B L E D    

D I S T R I B U T I O N    &   L E A K - P L U G G I N G

According to Mihir Shah, chair of the committee formulating India's new National Water Policy, the epidemic strengthened the committee's opinion t hat a dramatic shift in the connection between development and environment is necessary. Bengaluru: Following three national water policies (1987, 2002, and 2012), India has developed a new national water policy, which will be critical in resolving water quality issues and providing water security for everyone. According to water expert Mihir Shah, chairwoman of the 13-member committee that wrote the NWP, the newest National Water Policy (NWP), which has not yet been made public, India's water problems must be handled by 2030.

B E N G A L U R U    W I L L    F A C E    A C U T E    

D R I N K I N G    W A T E R   S H O R T A G E

"Water availability in the Cauvery river basin would be reduced in the next few years, mostly owing to variations in precipitation levels, causing serious drinking water shortages in Bengaluru." According to the Climate Policy Initiative's Global Climate Finance 2019 report, public and private funds account for 44 percent and 56 percent, respectively. The major source of worry is that mitigation initiatives receive around 93 percent of overall public and private funds, while adaptation programmes receive less than 7%. While India seeks to enhance forest cover in order to reduce CO2 levels by 2030, he warns that "inadequate climate finance may restrict the achievement of climate ambitions."


The WOW Action Forum hosts Commendation Awards every quarter and bestows the                                                                          on all Big Water-Savers who save and so ‘donate’ water to the city by consuming less fresh water in the interest of making water-positive cities.



Alt. Tech Foundation is a not-for-profit, for-industry Foundation for

(i) producing sustainability managers and leaders,
(ii) providing green management skill sets,

(iii) hosting city-wide campaigns for citizen collective action to save water & energy,

(iv) purposing research for city infrastructure.

WOW Action Forum is a globally pioneering effort for bringing collective private action to save very large quantities of water at apartments, at Industry, at tech parks, or hotels and hospitals or malls and other such buildings. The 2021 mission is set to save 1000 Cr lites with community-led action. This alone will bring a saving of 236 Cr in electricity bills for the city, and a reduction in carbon emission of nearly 300,000 tonnes equivalent.

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