Tribal village near Kotagiri sets example in water management

Chennai: For the past one year, Banagudi, a village near Kotagiri, is proving to be a shining example for water management.

It has become the first tribal village in Tamilnadu to successfully operate, maintain and get safe protected piped drinking water supply at door-steps.

In March last year, ‘Nanneer Gramam’ Project was inaugurated using the Innovative UF Membrane Technology developed by Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Government of India.

UF Membrane Purification Systems are robust alternatives for RO Purifiers for Municipal-treated water as well as potable water derived from other sources with BIS compliant Total Dissolved Solids (TDS).

It was conceived and executed under the technical guidance of J Daniel Chellappa, Senior Nuclear Scientist, Chennai.

JCI Kotagiri NAWA (Nilgiris Adiwasi Welfare Association), an all-women NGO, had taken the initiative to provide safe and hygienic drinking water to its adopted tribal village in Banagudi.

It mobilised funds and installed BARC’s Unique Ultra Filtration (UF) based Online Drinking Water Purifiers to all the households.

The purifiers were manufactured by BARC-licensed young entrepreneurs in Tirupur. Bharathiar University, Coimbatore extended support for water analysis.

Unlike conventional RO Units, BARC’s UF Membrane-based online Drinking Water Purifiers do not deplete the essential minerals in the treated water supplied conforming to BIS 10500. They do not need electricity for their operation. The unique user-friendly UF Candles are reusable and No Annual Maintenance Contract (AMC) is required for their maintenance. The major highlight of these Online Purifiers is that they do not waste the life-saving treated drinking water, which is in accordance with the Court rulings.


NT Bureau