ICCo in association with Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) introduced solar powered water systems in three schools in the Golaghat district of Assam. The solar systems provided safe drinking water to nearly 1000 school children including teaching staff of Simanta Janajati School, Rengma Simanta Middle School and Chungajan Middle School.
The solar systems not only provided clean drinking water, but also provided hot water for preparation of mid-day meals leading to saving time and cost incurred on firewood and LPG.
“Clean drinking water was an issue in the area. The iron content in the water in this area was very high hence the present method of filtering water through sand was insufficient. Further, the use of fuel wood for cooking mid-day meal for 517 children incurs an expenditure of 6000 per month. We can’t use dry fuel wood all the time as it causes high pollution in the campus. The solar water systems helped in time and cost savings and also made the environment pollution free”, said Bhadreswar Bora, Headmaster, Rengma Simanta Middle School.
The solar powered water systems helps in three ways. The pumping system lifts water from the ground level to the overhead tank during daytime. The Reverse Osmosis (RO) Water Purifier draws water from this over-head tank and provides nearly 15-20 litres of purified water per hour with a storage facility. The solar water heating system heats and stores water in an insulated storage tank. The systems generated 35 KWH of equivalent electricity per day and saved INR 38, 500 per year of electricity cost as well.
Alay Barah, Executive Director, ICCo said “Millions of children across the globe have no access to clean drinking water in schools. These are the basic child rights that we often take for granted. We collaborated with ONGC to do this project because we truly believe that clean drinking water helps in development of child’s health and plays a key role in making a positive contribution to the literacy level. The best way to do it was to harness the power of solar energy. We are very thrilled with the response received so far and are keen to introduce similar technology in other schools as well”.