Drought in India has affected millions of people over the years. With India being an agricultural country where farmlands are primarily based on rainfall, drought has had farce affect on farmers. Thanks to global warming, the heat has only been increasing every year making summers difficult in the country. And with deforestation, the ecological challenge has only been causing bad result on the lives of people. However, a Chennai man has been trying to beat the heat by planting and nurturing trees by using wastewater from his household. Concerned over the city’s lack of trees that can reduce Chennai’s heat, T Siva Ramalingam decided to plant some himself.
The Better India quoted him as saying,”As there were no trees in the surroundings, the heat made living in my own house unbearable. I thought that growing couple of trees would bring shade and thus cool the house. So out of necessity, I started looking for different ways to get water. Suddenly a brainwave struck to my amazement, and I realized that the water used for bathing and in the kitchen could be used for watering the trees.”
Doing his bit, the man planted saplings on the Coastal Road and Gangai Street in Besant Nagar. However, watering them regularly was a problem due to non-availability of water. In the beginning, he bought water from private water tankers to water the plants however that became quite expensive. That is when he decided to recycle water used in his house.
He said that around 5000 liters of water are used by each household which when recylced can water over 10-20 trees. But not all kinds of recycled water can be used for watering plants. Only ‘grey’ water that was used for bath and kitchen usage are collected into drums installed like sumps. He has installed a filter that strains away any other remaining waste. The water is then pumped through a motor through a pipe. The cost of the plumbing amounted to Rs 500.
His neighbors who also found the idea interesting started using their wastewater smartly through the similar procedure. Ramalingam was also quoted saying, “While millions of liters of wastewater in Chennai ends up in the sea through the sewers, a little change can make a huge difference. By recycling and reusing this water, we could not only nurture millions of trees but also keep a tab on the rising climate change.”