Indian Stainless Steel Development Association is actively working with the Ministry of Drinking Water, Ministry of Water Resources, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs to promote the use of stainless steel to ensure sustainable water management practices. It organized a national seminar on ‘Sustainable Stainless Steel Solutions for Water Management’ in Delhi under the aegis of Ministry of Steel. The seminar deliberated on sustainable infrastructural solutions for the growing issue of safe water management with OEMs and policymakers.
Addressing the gathering, Secretary (Steel) Dr Aruna Sharma said that “As second largest stainless steel producer in the world, India is a point in time when it becomes mandatory to use stainless steel in water management.”
Secretary, Union Ministry of Water Resources, Mr UP Singh said that “The health costs of impure water are too high, and it therefore merits that we have an inter-departmental discussion among related Secretaries to deliberate over this.”
Mr Abhyuday Jindal, Managing Director, Jindal Stainless said that “The Delhi Jal Board loses 48% of treated water. A significant reason for that is attributed to leaky pipelines, which in turn also contaminates the water through harmful pathogens entering the water supply. A Water Aid report estimates that more than 500 children under the age of five die each day from diarrhoea in India alone. To stop this loss of life and finances, it is pertinent that we switch to stainless steel for integrated water management – for treatment, storage, transmission and waste water management. Since the metal is inherently corrosion-resistant and requires minimal maintenance, it’s an optimum choice for water management.”
With improved awareness, there are growing instances of adoption of stainless steel in water management. While Delhi Jal Board is adopting stainless steel tankers to transport water to ensure hygiene, stainless steel water ATMs are also being installed in many cities to maintain safe supply of water to all. Mr KK Pahuja, President of ISSDA said that “ISSDA has been working tirelessly to promote stainless steel because it has proven to be the ideal material to ensure safety and purity of water across the world.”
Source : ECONOMIC TIMES
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