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CII's felicitates India's excellent water-efficient industrial units at the 6th National Award for Excellence in Water Management

Mr N K Ranganath, Chairman, Water Management Council, CII - Godrej GBC & Managing Director, Grundfos Pumps India Private Limited today presented 17 industrial units as "Excellent Water Efficient Unit" and 15 units as "Efficient Water Unit" under 'Within the Fence' category and 3 units as "Excellent Water Management initiative" under 'Beyond the Fence' category at the annual National Award for Excellence in Water Management 2009 organised here at CII-Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre, Hyderabad.

'Within the Fence' category recognises water management initiatives undertaken by industries within the facility. While 'Beyond the Fence' recognises the initiatives taken in implementing water and watershed management practices with involvement of public / private agencies and community, beyond their territory.

The evaluation was done based on a detailed questionnaire submitted earlier by 88 companies (76 companies for Within the Fence and 12 companies for Beyond the Fence) industrial units followed by a detailed presentations made by 35 short-listed companies before a panel of eminent judges on 09 & 10 December 2009 at CII Godrej GBC, Hyderabad.

In addition, three units, amongst the short listed companies were presented with innovative water saving product/ service and three with most useful presentation and three units with innovative case study at the award function.

Congratulating all the teams for their unique and innovative water saving technologies, Mr N K Ranganath, said conserving water is the need of the hour and briefed on the activities and initiatives of CII in promoting water efficiency in Indian industry.

Mr Ranganath said, CII through the Water Management Council and with the support of all the stakeholders is working towards making Indian Industries to achieve self sufficiency in water management. The council facilitates implementation of Water conservation and Water recycling techniques through water audits in industries and provides advisory services to all sectors of industry.

Mr Ranganath, in his address highlighted that 'decrease in per-capita availability of water' 'water tariff' and 'water pollution & waste water' as the top three issues related to water.

Mr L S Ganapati, Chairman, National Award for Excellence in Water Management 2009 presenting the summary of findings said "the criteria for evaluating the teams included reduction in specific water consumption; water conservation projects implemented; reduction in waste water discharge and efforts towards achieving zero- discharge; awareness on water conservation-plant/ community; targeting anti-pollution drives and vendor/associate involvement in conserving water and other water conservation measures including monitoring per capita water consumption etc.

Mr Ganapati informed that the 76 companies (Within the Fence) have achieved a cumulative water savings of 66 Million Cubic Meters of water savings in the last three years. This is approximately equivalent to one month water supply of Delhi Municipal Corporation and 22 participating units achieved the status of 'Zero Water Discharge'.

Mr S Raghupathy, Senior Director & Head, CII Godrej GBC, in his welcome address briefed the gathering on the activities and initiatives of CII Godrej GBC in promoting green business in Indian Industry.

10 December 2009 - Hyderabad

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