Making every drop count
Nature has given us a lot, and it keeps giving. It has bestowed upon us valuable gifts – air, nourishment, water, and sunshine. But for how long will it keep giving? Our sustenance is directly related to natural resources, yet we take them for granted. The environment, which is often at a risk because of this callous attitude, may just be saved with a little bit of awareness and small changes in behavior. What we must do is take steps to save our most precious natural resource, the one that is the manna of life – water.
What we must understand is that all it takes for us to make a difference is small measures. Small measures that go a really long way. Simple water conservation techniques can help in cutting the water usage by half. Water conservation is now not an option but a necessity. Statistics reveal that fresh water supply is practically nonexistent these days. Only about 1% of the water available on earth is usable, with the rest being either frozen or saline.
It is not only critical to reduce our own water consumption but to also be aware of the imminent global water crisis. “Reduce, reuse, recycle” has to be our motto. Another ‘R’ of ‘rethink’ can be added to it to assess what water consumption and its repercussions on our future. At Nitesh Estates, we are committed to conserving water and the environment, and restoring the former glory of Bangalore. We aim to make Bangalore an environmentally-conscious city. To achieve the same we have created ‘I am that change’ – a social initiative of Nitesh Estates. It is a step taken by us to make Bangalore environment-friendly. Here are some of the measures that we have put in place to ensure the conservation of water, to make ‘Every drop count’.
1) Rainwater harvesting is a technique of collection and storage of rainwater into natural reservoirs or tanks, or the infiltration of surface water into subsurface aquifers (before it is lost as surface runoff). We at Nitesh Estates provide rainwater harvesting to capture at least 50% of the run off harvested from roofs at our projects.
2) We use treated waste water for landscaping, flushing, and car washes.
3) We have planted drought-tolerant species of plants and also local varieties of flora at our projects as they need less water for survival.
4) We use Segways at Nitesh Napa Valley as they don’t run on fuel. This supports green transportation for us.
5) We have proposed the usage of and are planning to use double-glazed unit glasses at Nitesh Park Avenue. This will help us to keep our homes cooler in the summer naturally as opposed to cooling via air conditioners.
6) We use drip irrigation systems that ensure effective conservation of water with minimal wastage.
7) It is planned that 100% of flushing requirements will be met through treated waste water.
8) We will install efficient water fixtures and fittings like low flow water fixtures with sink faucets, shower heads, and toilets that use less water per minute than older, traditional models. Low-flow water fixtures conserve water by using a high-pressure technique to produce a strong or equal flow of water with less water consumption.
9) We have Dual STP in some of our projects and complete STP in all our projects.
11) In all our green buildings we have planned an effective garbage disposal – 3 separate bins at individual housing levels – organic waste, paper and plastic, and a common collection area for metals, lamps, batteries, and e-waste.
We at Nitesh Estates strongly believe in these measures and are continuously working toward them being applied across all Nitesh projects.