Workshop on “Increasing Water Use Efficiency in Industries” was inaugurated by the Secretary, Department of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation (WR, RD & GR) U.P. Singh. The workshop was organized by the National Water Mission (NWM) in Delhi as a part of the “HarKaamDeshkeNaam” initiative. Highlights: The workshop aimed to urge the Industry to adopt the Corporate Water Responsibility (CWR) as part of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) provisions. It directed the industries to compare to the global standards in using the water efficiently. There is a need for a baseline study in various industries on the use of water in order to reduce water consumption. It should be noted that the Indian Industries draw 2.5 times more groundwater than what percolates down under to maintain the water table level. They discussed climate change that has led to spatial and temporal changes in rainfall patterns in recent years, which resulted in increased frequency of drought and floods following changes in intensity and amplitude of rainfall. Also, the paper and pulp industry has reduced water consumption by half, but much more should be done as it is still five to ten times more than global standards.
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