RAINWATER HARVESTING POLICY

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——————–(BD)LIMITED has an organizational commitment to achieve Water Neutrality for all its businesses by 2030. Rainwater Harvesting (RWH) is a highly recommended system to artificially recharge ground water and maintain water quality. This serves to ease out the growing pressure for water demand in an environment-friendly manner.

In line with its policies to conserve natural resources by improving operational efficiency, reducing wastage(s), preventing pollution, and promoting rational and sustainable use, the Rainwater Harvesting (RWH) Policy is being framed.

———————(BD)LIMITED commits to:

Comply and/or exceed all applicable environmental legislation(s) by Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA)

Conduct expert-led assessments for all operating stations and office locations to determine the RWH potential.

Gainfully utilize overall 40 % RWH potential across the organization. RWH utilization% shall be agreed in consultation with Site Head / Location Head/ Chief of Division/ CEO of  Division.

Implement well designed and engineered, environmentally sound technologies and best practices for efficient RWH systems.

Integrate RWH Systems in water requirement calculations for all upcoming or new locations.

Widely communicate this policy and inculcate environmental consciousness amongst all its stakeholders.

Review this policy once in One years.

Apply this policy to all establishments of ——————LIMITED and its employees.

Rainwater harvesting policy and procedure

Developing a rainwater harvesting policy and procedure is essential for organizations or communities looking to effectively capture and utilize rainwater. Here’s a framework to guide you in creating one:

1. Policy Statement:

  • Clearly state the organization’s commitment to rainwater harvesting as a sustainable water management strategy.
  • Define the objectives of the policy, such as reducing water consumption, mitigating stormwater runoff, and promoting environmental sustainability.

2. Scope:

  • Define the scope of the policy, including the locations or facilities where rainwater harvesting will be implemented.
  • Specify the types of rainwater harvesting systems that are included under the policy (e.g., rooftop collection, surface runoff collection).

3. Regulatory Compliance:

  • Ensure compliance with local regulations, building codes, and permits related to rainwater harvesting.
  • Identify any specific requirements or restrictions that apply to rainwater harvesting in your area.

4. System Design and Installation:

  • Outline the requirements for designing and installing rainwater harvesting systems, including sizing, location, and components (e.g., gutters, downspouts, storage tanks).
  • Specify the qualifications or certifications required for contractors or professionals involved in system design and installation.

5. Water Quality and Treatment:

  1. Address measures to ensure the quality of harvested rainwater, including filtration, disinfection, and maintenance of storage tanks.
  2. Specify guidelines for monitoring water quality and conducting routine inspections of the system.

6. Water Use Guidelines:

  • Define the permitted uses for harvested rainwater, such as irrigation, toilet flushing, and non-potable uses.
  • Provide guidance on the appropriate application of rainwater based on water quality and local regulations.

7. Maintenance and Operations:

  • Establish procedures for regular maintenance and inspection of rainwater harvesting systems, including cleaning gutters, checking for leaks, and maintaining filtration

systems.

  1. Assign responsibilities for system maintenance to designated personnel or departments.

8. Training and Education:

  • Provide training to employees or residents on the benefits of rainwater harvesting and how to use and maintain the system effectively.
  • Offer educational resources on water conservation practices and sustainable water management.

9. Monitoring and Reporting:

  1. Implement a monitoring program to track water usage, system performance, and cost savings associated with rainwater harvesting.
  2. Define reporting requirements to communicate the outcomes and benefits of the rainwater harvesting program to stakeholders.

10. Continual Improvement:

  • Establish a process for evaluating the effectiveness of the rainwater harvesting program and identifying opportunities for improvement.
  • Encourage feedback from users and stakeholders to inform future enhancements to the policy and procedures.

11. Community Engagement:

  • Engage with the community or stakeholders to raise awareness of rainwater harvesting and promote participation in water conservation initiatives.
  • Foster collaboration with local organizations, schools, and government agencies to support broader adoption of rainwater harvesting practices.

12. Policy Review and Updates:

  • Schedule periodic reviews of the rainwater harvesting policy and procedures to ensure they remain up-to-date and aligned with organizational goals and best practices.
  • Incorporate lessons learned and feedback from implementation to refine and improve the policy over time.

By following these steps, you can develop a comprehensive rainwater harvesting policy and procedure that supports sustainable water management practices and contributes to environmental stewardship.                                                      

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