Team B&C | NT
Nestle, Goa, recently commissioned a rain water harvesting project in front of the science block at Goa University.
Inaugurated by Mridula Sinha, governor, the project aims to provide students with water during the months of April and May when the campus faces water shortage. It is expected to collect around 7,87,500 liters of water per year considering three months of moderate rainfall. With an average of 2,62,500 liters collected at the end of each month of rain, the same amount of water is anticipated to be recharged.
Nestle officials from head quarters, Gurugram, as well as from the local facilities at Usgaon, Ponda and Maulinguem, Bicholim, were present at the unveiling of the project. An official said, “Many of our employees are ex- students of Goa University. The CSR initiative of supporting the university on the project is a matter of huge pride, both to Nestle India Ltd and our employee’s as well.”
Sanjay Khajuria, senior vice president, corporate affairs, pointed out that, water is identified as a priority area for the company. “We work to reduce the amount of water withdrawn per kilo of a product, respect local water resources, take care to discharge clean water into the environment and engage with suppliers to promote water conservation,” he said.
Goa University has initiated various measures to environmental conservation. One of the focus areas has been rain water harvesting. The university is constantly evaluating the possibilities of addition of rain water harvesting measures to the existing projects already installed in the campus. It is with this background that Goa University and Nestle collaborated for the rain water harvesting project.