Partnership Brings Water Management Services to Indian City

March 27, 2015
The organizations will provide technical and integrated water management leadership services to the Rajasthan state government

CH2M Hill, in partnership with the Singapore Public Utilities Board (PUB) and Singapore Cooperation Enterprise, is providing technical and integrated water management leadership services to the Rajasthan state government through Public Health and Environment Department (PHED) for the city of Jaipur, India.

Jaipur is famous for its ancient and pink-colored architecture. The city of some 4 million people is also notable for its ancient forts, history and recent features in many Hollywood and Bollywood blockbuster films.

The “pink city” has experienced a rapid level of urbanization and population growth similar to other parts of India. In recent years, Jaipur has also become very reliant on groundwater resources due to pollution, urban encroachment and climate change, which have all impacted the quality and availability of its traditional surface water resources. This over-extraction and gradual pollution of groundwater has led to water resources becoming threatened. Water supply is expected to become much more scarce, and less secure and reliable as quality is expected to degrade even further in the next decade, in a growing demand scenario.

To address these challenges, Jaipur has turned to industry experts and Singapore, which has successfully tackled similar water scarcity issues through its successful NEWater (recycle and reuse of treated wastewater) program and water portfolio diversification and integration strategy of Four National Taps. Singapore has set a new benchmark in the successful implementation of projects for indirect potable and direct non-potable applications by close integration of advanced treatment technologies, public education and participation, water safety management and public-private partnership investments.

“Through this program, Singapore’s water management technology and project implementation experience will be shared with Rajasthan government and the PHED officials. CH2M Hill is pleased to help deliver this program by providing full access to our thought and knowledge leaders in integrated water resource management, drinking water treatment quality, public/stakeholder engagement and advanced water recycling. The success and learnings of our similar projects for larger cities, such as Delhi and Bengaluru will be leveraged. This will benefit Jaipur city to help diversify its water resources portfolio,” said CH2M Hill vice president and lead for the program, Vinod Singh.

Source: CH2M Hill

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