CSR & Solar – Making the planet a sustainable place to live in.
As part of their Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR), companies are taking significant initiatives in developing monumental projects to meet the varied needs of backward societies in India. The impact of these projects can be exponentially enhanced by the inclusion of Solar Power.
What sets solar-powered projects a step above other technology-driven projects? The advantages are manifold:
- Easy to implement
- Seamless & Self Powered application
- Low maintenance cost
- Renewable natural resources ensure uninterrupted supply of facility
What prompted the Dhamodi Rural Development CSR Project?
Water scarcity was a perennial tribulation of the inhabitants of Dhamodi, a small village located near the Tapi River, in the state of Maharashtra. The village is home to a close-knit clan of tribal people, who for generations now, have tuned their lives to grappling with water shortages.
What created the water scarcity despite the presence of a river?
Tapi, the closest water source is at a geographical distance of only 5 km but more significantly, at a depth of 350 metres. Also, this seemingly close water resource is anything but easily accessible!
- The terrain is steep and not conducive for any mode of conveyance let alone carrying water from the river effortlessly. Bear in mind, the water containers are empty & light while going downhill towards the river, and full while climbing back uphill.
- The height difference does not allow for the natural gravitational flow of water, which makes the construction of canals pointless.
- Electricity powered solutions too are rarely viable in such remote locations.
Hence, the people of Dhamodi had no other choice but to carry water on foot.
The CSR Initiators
The Rural Development project in Dhamodi was a joint venture of Diganta Swaraj Foundation (NGO) & ASB International Pvt Ltd (Japan). It was designed, executed and supported by Nimbus.
The Final Design – A touch of true genius!
On the banks of Tapi, a solar power station was erected to power the first submersible pump that would lift water from the river to a reservoir constructed midway to Dhamodi.
Close to the reservoir, a second solar power station was built to power a second submersible pump that pushes the collected water, upwards to a tank in Dhamodi. This second pump has been specifically designed to work in complete tandem with the first pump. It prevents the reservoir from overflowing and maintains the required water levels.
The tank in Dhamodi, not only provided water but was also fitted with a gravitational filter to provide clean and purified drinkable water. The total capacity of the tank is a robust 10,000 litres. The gravitational filter incorporated in this design is far from ordinary. Not only does it work without any power source, but also provides quality drinking water.
Plumbing – the arteries of the design
The plumbing network designed by Nimbus was intricate and ensured that the water was distributed to all hamlets of Dhamodi.
- Ten Tap Stations were installed at different strategic locations of the village to distribute water evenly.
- The plumbing also incorporated the use of valves, which helps in the regulation and flow of water throughout the system.
- Additional plumbing was done to veer the course of excess water (through an overflow pipe) to the village well, thus making water continuously available as well as preventing any wastage.
- The steep height of 350 metres from the water source to Dhamodi, was a daunting gravitational challenge. The precision and functionality of the plumbing system was the cornerstone in overcoming this seemingly impossible feat.
DHAMODI – From DRY to DRENCHED!
Establishment of the solar power station system became the phenomenal technological intervention eliminating the two major pain points of the Dhamodi tribe –
“Fetching water for domestic use” and “Drinking water scarcity”.
- Respite from the tedious routine of procuring water:
The women in Dhamodi expressed gratitude and happiness at the provision of 24/7 water supply. They are delighted at the efficient design of tap stations, allowing them the ease of filling water at the drop of a hat. Before, they had to spend nearly the entire day walking the river path to and from to meet daily water requirements. With the water now coming to them, more and more women and young people in Dhamodi, have the time and scope to engage in other productive occupations in the region.
- Drinking water – An added bonus!
The facility to provide filtered water for drinking purpose was a touch of real value-engineering. It has sealed the deal for a happy & healthy Dhamodi, forever.
250 Families & Counting!
The fact that the project was powered by solar has ensured that it is not dependant on any electricity resource. It will be consistent, dependable & easy to maintain. This joint initiative has touched the lives of more than 250 families, spread over all the hamlets of Dhamodi.
Nimbus Solar: Bringing pan India Solar Based CSR Projects to Life
The Dhamodi project was conceptualised & implemented by Nimbus Solar (Nimbus Irrigation Pvt Ltd). – a solar power driven organisation that is helping companies leverage renewable resources of energies for materialising transformative endeavours towards the welfare of society.
Nimbus is now spearheading the Solar Revolution wave.
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