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Tollygunge Club recycles waste water


June 20, 2014

We all know water is the prime essence of life. But do we really value it the way it should be? It is under threat worldwide, and we are ourselves responsible for the wastage of water on a daily basis without thinking about the future. If we make small efforts and start saving water from now on, we can have a better tomorrow. The Tollygunge Club is heading towards that way.

The Tollygunge Club this month has become the first club in the country to commission a waste water treatment plant. The 145 kilolitre-per-day-capacity unit will process, purify and reuse waste water from the club's rooms, toilets, kitchens, swimming pool, stables and other facilities. The filtered water, which was found to be of potable grade after tests, will be used to irrigate the sprawling golf lawns.

While inaugurating the underground water treatment plant, Tollygunge Club president Sandipan Chakravortty said it addressed twin concerns on water: conservation and recycling. "Water is scarce all over. It might seem plentiful in the delta but there are large tracts of water-deficit areas in our state as well. Hence, the need for action," he said.

The idea to become water neutral was conceived in 2008-09. "Though such a move was desirable at the time, it wasn't necessarily a priority as it has now become. The treatment plant is a significant step towards our goal to be water neutral. Next in line is rainwater harvesting to recharge as much water into the aquifer as we draw out," said club CEO Anil Mukerji.

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