The Maharaja Sayajirao University in Gujarat will become the first publicly funded institute of the state to opt for water audit. The MSU has decided to conduct water audit of the entire campus to know the consumption pattern of water in the campus spread across 272 acres land. The University hopes to reduce water consumption by 30% at its campus including faculties, hostel, residential quarters and head office which receive 24 hours water supply.
The water audit is aimed at utilising water resources more effectively and efficiently, to keep check on unwanted excess usage of water, to develop water storage structures like ESR, sumps, dams, ponds, bunds among others, for cost-benefit study for optimum recovery of water loss, identify thefts, meter inaccuracies, record inaccuracies and unauthorized water use. By conducting water audit it is expected that both physical and non-physical losses of water will be determined, the waste water generated and water pollution load will be estimated and priority areas which need attention will be identified.
Water meters at various locations within the campus will be installed to know the actual quantity of water received, consumed and kind of losses incurred in the process. The university’s construction division will then calculate the baseline consumption based on the norms prescribed by NBC/ Indian Green Building Council/ GRIHA whichever is stringent.
Once the baseline consumption is ascertained, efforts will be made to reduce consumption by 20 % of the baseline consumption through various strategies like installing water efficient plumping fixtures, water efficient landscapes, rain water harvesting, rain efficient irrigation system and other means.