Centre For Sustainable Water Technology And Management


Realizing water to be an important and scarce resource and foreseeing the need for its effective management for sustainable development, SCMS group has developed a research and consultancy centre on water operating from SCMS School of Engineering and Technology campus.

Centre for Sustainable Water Technology and Management (CSWTM) is envisaged to be a centre of excellence on water in the coming years with the following major objectives.

  • To act as a water technology incubator for developing, fine tuning, and disseminating actions to address water related issues
  • To take up demand driven initiatives on a consultancy basis

The activities of CSWTM under the purview of these objectives include,

  • Networking with other Science & Technology institutions
  • establish a faculty of environmental engineering at SCMS and to develop human resource in this area
  • develop a sophisticated water technology lab
  • develop and conduct short term training programmes
  • publish and create awareness on key issues of water

Focus areas

  1. Water quality monitoring and modelling
  2. Water and effluent quality analysis
  3. Design of water and waste water treatment systems
  4. Water auditing
  5. Water footprinting
  6. Watershed management
  7. Point recharge of tube wells and open wells
  8. Water desalination technologies
  9. Water management plans
  10. Limnological and Hydrogeological investigations
  11. Weather forecast with respect to rainfall and temperature variations
  12. Aquaponics
  13. Environmental Impact Assessment

Projects

Point Recharging of wells as climate change adaptation strategy

Dr. C. K Rajan of CSWTM with officials of Koratty Grama Panchayat near an open well installed with roof top rain water recharging system.

CSWTM has been collaborating with the Koratty panchayat for the last 6 months with an emphasis on water quantity and quality in the area. For increasing the quantity of water, a novel approach of roof top rain water recharging in to open wells was developed as a climate change adaptation strategy. CSWTM is monitoring how effectively the aquifer in the area, which is under the threat of drying up because of the ever increasing temperature in Kerala in between December to May, could be replenished through the point well recharge in the span of a next few years. Now, more than 400 households have come forward for installing roof top rain water harvesting structures for point recharging of their own wells by taking advice from the work of CSWTM in the Panchayat.


Water Quality Atlas for Koratty Panchayat, Thrissur

M.Tech Environmental Engineering students of SSET analyzing water samples from Koratty Panchayat


Water Quality Atlas developed by CSWTM, SSET for Koratty Panchayat.

Recently, CSWTM in association with Koratty Panchayat has collected water from 190 drinking water sources like domestic and public wells and analyzed for various water quality parameters as per Bureau of Indian Standards. All the water sources were later documented using geographic Information system (GIS) to prepare a water quality atlas. It was found from the results of analysis that 90% of the drinking water sources were contaminated by Coliform bacteria. Another significant observation was the presence of high acidity, Iron and Fluoride in certain wells. Remedial measures were advised and the Panchayat has adopted necessary measures promptly.

This water quality atlas will be extremely useful for the water related planning process in view of decentralized planning process of Koratty Panchayat. The atlas is prepared such that it can be updated in every six month.


Water Policy for Kochi City

In a joint initiative with the Cochin Municipal Corporation, CSWTM will develop a water policy for the city. The policy will be developed under the purview of National and State Water Policies. This water policy would be the first ever initiative of this nature launched by any corporation in the country. Recently announced corporation budget has earmarked the necessary funds for the project. The water policy being developed is anticipated to assist Kochi Corporation to improve its delivery mechanism and to coordinate and integrate water related services to the community.


CSWTM- University of Applied Sciences, Ravensburg Collaboration

Centre for Sustainable Water Technology and Management (CSWTM) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with University of Applied Sciences, Ravensburg-Weingarten in order to develop CSWTM into a ‘Centre for Excellence in water’ within the coming few years. A project named “Establishment of a Centre of Competence on Water and Waste Water” has been sanctioned by Württemberg-Stiftung, Stuttgart, Germany for this purpose.

This project includes:

  • Joined research on different mechanisms on membrane separation named Low Energy Electro dialysis, Forward Osmosis, Effluent Water Treatment etc.
  • Faculty and Student Exchange.
  • Automation in water treatment.
  • Strengthening of the M. Tech Environmental Engineering course being started at SSET.
  • Institutional strengthening.

As part of this project a training programme on Membrane Technology was organized for staff and students of SSET at the University of Applied Sciences, Ravensburg- Weingarten. Initiatives for joint research on electrodialysis have been started with the institutional partnership from German Industry Partner Dr Hans – Jurgen Rapp, DEUKUM, Frickenhausen, Germany (www.deukum.de).

Forward osmosis setup established at CSWTM

Desalinization by ultra-low energy electrodialysis

Electrodialysis unit developed by DEUKUM, Germany

A new initiative of fine tuning electrodialysis with ultra-low energy is about to start at CSWTM. Since this project need only ultra low energy, regenerative /non conventional energy sources which can replace conventional sources of energy are considered. This is expected to reduce the costs of production of good quality fresh water considerably. This project is having a German Industry Partner Dr Hans– Jurgen Rapp, DEUKUM, Frickenhausen, Germany (www.deukum.de).

Sophisticated Water Analysis Lab

Water quality analysis laboratory at SSET
CSWTM has procured the necessary equipments for analyzing the basic parameters of drinking water. This laboratory is on its process of developing in to a credible lab in terms of water quality

Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP) at SCMS School of Engineering and Technology

M.Tech Environmental Engineering students analyzing waste water characteristics at the ETP inlet

CSWTM is supervising and monitoring the performance of ETP being installed at SSET campus for treating the waste water from canteen and hostels. The plant works on the principle of upward anaerobic filtration and is capable of treating about 1 lakh liters of waste water. Treated waste water will be used for horticulture and agriculture purposes inside the campus. This ETP will also be used as a laboratory for the students in M.Tech Environmental Engineering programme at SSET.

Water Auditing and Water Foot printing

Dr. Sunny George of CSWTM giving lecture in the four day residential workshop on Water auditing and Water foot printing

Water Foot printing is an indicator of water use that looks at both direct and indirect water use of a consumer or producer. Water use is measured in terms of water volumes consumed or polluted per unit of time. A water footprint can be calculated for a process, a product, a consumer, group of consumers (e.g. local self government) or a producer (e.g. a private enterprise.

CSWTM is envisaging short term training programmes on Water auditing and on Water Foot Printing.

Dr. Sunny George has participated as a resource person in the four day residential work shop on Water auditing and Water foot printing during 6-9 January, 2014 at Ramada resort Alleppy, organized by Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

National Youth Seminar on Innovation and Sustainability

A two day youth seminar on ‘New ideas for a New Tomorrow-Promoting Innovation and Youth Participation’ was held at SCMS campus at Kalamassery on 12th and 13th of December 2013. The conclave was organised at the initiative of Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India in association with the Environment Engineering department and CSWTM, SSET Karukutty and The Energy and Research Institute (TERI), Bengaluru. { Include Photo}

Recognitions to CSWTM activities

Koratty Panchayat President Mr. Maneesh Sebastian receiving award for the best panchayat president from Asianet

CSWTM facilitated Koratty Panchayat for conducting highly innovative initiatives for solving the water related environmental problems of the area. Point recharging of open wells as a climate change adaptation strategy and the development of water quality atlas for the panchayat were the two outstanding initiatives which paved the way for the Koratty panchayat president to be selected as the best panchayat president who came up with innovative initiatives by Asianet.

CSWTM was instrumental in giving the necessary training to the National Service Scheme (NSS) volunteers for installation of roof top rainwater harvesting structures for recharging the bore well of SSET senior boy’s hostel. This particular initiative was lauded by the NSS state annual meet at SNGIST Paravur and was awarded as the innovative project.

Indo-German Water Partnership

Dr. Sunny George of CSWTM in the panel of Indian-German water partnership

Dr. Sunny George, HOD of CSWTM was invited panellist at the first Indian- German water partnership held at Bangalore on 22nd October 2014. The theme of the event was “ German solutions to Indian challenges”. Experts discussed the challenges to the Indian water sector and opportunities for cooperation between scientists of various institutions within the two countries. CSWTM, SSET was the only academic institution other than Indian Institute of Science Bangalore invited for this workshop.

Training and Capacity Building

Roof top rainwater harvesting
CSWTM gave both theoretical and hands-on training on point recharging of wells to 30 participants of Koratty panchayat. They were grouped into a “Water Brigade” by the panchayat. These trainees are capable of disseminating the idea of roof top rainwater harvesting to the interested persons in the panchayat.

Professor M. Madhavan, Principal addressing the trainees from Koratty panchayat at SSET

Drinking water quality analysis
CSWTM provided training on water quality analysis to 15 women selected by the panchayat. These women are now in a position to analyze six basic drinking water quality parameters. They are expected to carry out the analysis of water from the drinking water sources within the panchayat at periodic intervals.

Training on water quality analysis at Koratty Panchayat

Environmental Impact Assessment
CSWTM and Environmental Engineeirng in association with Cochin Municipal Corporation organized a two day training programme on Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) for small project during 21- 22 February, 2014 at SCMS Cochin School of Business, first of its kind in the state. A total of 74 participants from various section of the society including charted accountants, high court advocates, university professors, NGOs, students etc participated in this event. The training covered assessment of positive and negative environmental impacts of every developmental projects and formulation of technically and economically feasible mitigation measures. A systematic training module for conducting EIA was developed by CSWTM and EE. This training module is in the process of getting published as a standard manual for conducting EIA of small projects.

Mayor of Cochin Corporation Mr. Tony Chammany inaugurating the EIA Training programme at SCMS Campus

International Partners
Prof. Dr. Johannes Fritsch

Professor Fritsch during a training session for CSWTM
Professor Fritsch is the International Coordinator for Environmental Engineering, University of Applied Sciences, Ravensburg-Weingarten. He is the prime collaborator and advisor to CSWTM. He is the Principal Investigator and lead counterpart in the Indo-German Centre for competence in water and waste water funded by Baden- Wuttemberg Stiftung, Stuttgart.

Ms. Cleo Pascal

Cleo Paskal is an Associate Fellow at Chatham House, (aka Royal Institute of International Affairs). She is associated to SCMS Cochin as an Adjunct Professor of Global Change. Cleo Paskal is an award-winning journalist who has contributed to, among others, The Economist, The World Today, and the Sunday Times as well as hosting BBC radio shows. Her book, Global Warming: How Environmental, Economic and Political Crises Will Redraw the World Map (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) won a US$5000 Awards of Merit in the 2010 Grantham Prize for Excellence in Reporting on the Environment awards as well as the 2010 Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction.

Ms. Cleo Pascal addressing M.Tech Environmental Engineering Students at SSET

Dr. Sunny George
Head, Centre for Sustainable Water Technology and Management,
SCMS School of Engineering and Technology,
Karukutty, Ernakulam-683582, Kerala
sunnygeorge@scmsgroup.org
Phone: 0484-2439033, 9847362520