New Delhi: Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) is observing August 2019 as water conservation month across all its plants and units. “Standing firm on its commitment towards judicious use of every natural resource, the nation’s steelmaker is committed to the Jal Shakti Abhiyan and has been taking specific measures to sustainably use this natural resource,” an official statement said. SAIL has, through consistent efforts, achieved a 75 percent reduction of specific water consumption over the last two decades from 15.03 m3/TCS in 1995-96 to 3.44 m3/TCS in 2018-19. This bears testimony to the public sector company’s efforts towards efficient water management practices and commitment towards the protection of precious environmental resources, the statement said.
‘Need paradigm shift in water management’
SAIL Chairman Anil Kumar Chaudhary, while launching the water conservation month, said, “Water is one of the scarcest resources in the world today and the ever-growing demand and deterioration of quality has made the availability of quality water a global concern. In this context, the government has decided to make water conservation initiatives an abhiyan (drive). Looking at the gravity of the situation, there is an urgent need for a paradigm shift towards efficient water management, including extensive water treatment, conservation and recycling and most importantly our attitude towards water use.”
SAIL’s strategy for efficient water usage
The steel industry requires a large quantity of water for various processes of steel production. SAIL has been reusing and recycling most of the water required in these processes. Through various measures, including localised re-circulation of water through Effluent Treatment Plants (ETPs), Industrial and Township Sewage Water Treatment and recirculation, plugging of leakages, rainwater harvesting and implementing state-of-the-art technologies, SAIL has brought down its water consumption level substantially over the years. It is taking proactive steps to reduce them continuously.
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