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CII felicitates India's an 'Excellent Water-Efficient Industrial Units' at the 7th National Award for Excellence in Water Management
Participating units together achieved a cumulative annual average of 47 million cubic meters of water savings in the last 3 years

Mr R Karikal Valaven, IAS, Commissioner of Industries, Government of Andhra Pradesh on 11 December 2010 presented 16 industrial units as 'Excellent Water Efficient Unit' and 14 units as water efficient units under 'Within the Fence' category and 5 units as 'Excellent Water Management initiative' and 4 units as water efficient units under 'Beyond the Fence' category at the 7th National Award for Excellence in Water Management 2010 organised by CII here at Hyderabad.

'Within the Fence' category recognises water management initiatives undertaken by industries within the facility. While 'Beyond the Fence' recognises 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 106 companies (83 companies for within the fence and 23 companies for beyond the fence) industrial units followed by a detailed presentations made by 39 short-listed companies 30 companies (within the fence) and 9 companies (beyond the fence) before a panel of eminent judges on 10 and 11 December 2010 at CII Godrej GBC, Hyderabad.

The criteria for evaluation 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, monitoring per capita water consumption, targeting anti pollution drives and Vendor/associate involvement in conserving water.

Mr L S Ganapati, Chairman, National Award for Excellence in Water Management 2010 informed that the participating 30 units (within the fence) together achieved a cumulative annual average of 47 million cubic meters of water savings in the last 3 years. This is approximately equivalent to 15 days water requirement of Delhi Municipal Corporation and 14 participating units achieved the status of 'Zero Water Discharge'. In addition, one unit amongst the short listed companies was presented with most innovative water saving product, two with innovative water saving product and three with most useful presentation and three with innovative case study at the award function.

The Award Distribution function was also marked by the release of a guidebook titled- 'Water Quality and Standards ?? Essentials' by Mr R Karikal Valaven, IAS, Commissioner of Industries, Government of Andhra Pradesh. The guidebook is designed to disseminate information relating to issues of industrial water management 'within the fence' in clear, crisp and comprehensible manner.

Other key dignitaries including Mr N K Ranganath, Chairman, Water Management Council, CII-Godrej GBC and Mr Y Harish Chandra Prasad, Immediate Past Chairman, CII ?? Andhra Pradesh were present at the Award Distribution Function.

Hyderabad, 12 December 2010

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