One problem that’s growing day after day is the depleting of drinking water. The population is growing day by day and correspondingly the wastage of fresh water. Especially for developing countries like India, water wastage is one of the most severe issues plaguing. Water scarcity is rising every day. According to a study, an average Indian household uses at least 150 litres per person per day, the majority of that being wasted.
Optimising the need of proper usage of water is essential at the moment and this is what 34-year-old Goutam Surana from Assam is trying to do.
“Water literacy is very poor in our country. Many want to conserve water, but do not know how to do it. Many also think it is the government’s job to save water. The urban population wastes more than the rural population, for two main reasons, the plumbing system makes it convenient, unlike in rural areas where people have to fetch water from a distance or tube wells and a lower attachment with nature results in urban folk not viewing water as an invaluable resource,” says Goutam.
Hailing from a small town in Assam, he spent his childhood in the lap of nature, playing in rivers nearby. He always wanted to contribute to the environment. Accordingly, Goutam started Eco365 in 2010 with a motive to address conservation of fresh water and bring awareness to individual and companies about responsible living.
The products at Eco365 range from water-saving aerators and adaptors to water free urinal solutions. These products can reduce up to 90 percent water consumption. Along with his team, Goutam is putting his efforts to introduce water-free urinals in India. It’s a well-acclaimed concept in European countries and could be a great solution to save water in Indian offices.
The gravity-fed designs move urine through the system without using or wasting any water, thereby saving 100 percent of the energy associated with traditional flush urinals. They involve retrofitting existing urinals into water-free ones. It’s a good news that these water fixtures are priced between Rs 80 and Rs 400. The investment made on using these taps can be recovered in just two to four months by the amount of water it saves. Estimation is that annually, they can save 20,000–30,000 litres.
With the efforts of Goutam and his team, a whopping 40 crore litres are being saved on a daily basis across the country. “We have easily saved over 100 crore litres of water across more than 2,000 projects. Our clients include offices, factories, apartments, and individual homes. We also have customers overseas,” says Goutam.
Goutam stands as a true inspiration to many. His work is not just to save water, it’s to save the Mother Earth. It’s to save the future generations. Let’s Save Water, Let’s save ourselves.