India is a country that is rapidly developing and many people are prospering from this economic growth. However, in many rural areas, access to good quality water remains a serious problem. In Rajasthan for example, industrial, agricultural and human activities have lead to pollution of many of the underground water sources which creates health problems for the population and it will require considerable investment in the infrastructure to provide a sustainable future for the region.
In this region, Borouge together with one of its customers, Dura-Line, were able to support the Vishwadeep Gurukul organisation in the expansion of their campus at the "Swami Maheshwarananda Ashram" Centre for Education and Research. Harvested rainwater will be distributed to the new university facilities in long lasting PE100 pipes which will provide a sustainable infrastructure in the midst of this water stressed region.
Whilst the growth in India's population and industrial economy continues unabated the lack of attention to the water and sanitation infrastructure is a cause for concern. In many rural areas, the excessive withdrawal of ground water and industrial, agricultural and human activity has led to pollution of many of the water sources. This creates health problems for the population and demands some imaginative solutions to provide a sustainable future for the region.
Rajasthan, in the north west of India, is a desert state with an acute shortage of water. For drinking water much of the population depend upon pumped groundwater and many of the sources are severely contaminated with fluoride and nitrates. This leads to widespread health problems in the local population, including fluorosis of the bones and teeth.
Although there is some rainfall in the region, the sandy soil cannot retain the water making agriculture very difficult to sustain. Also what little water that does gather tends to evaporate quickly at the very high temperatures in the summer months. The high salt and mineral level in the water also quickly corrodes any metal pipes causing high leakage rates, making it an ideal area to use polyethylene water distribution pipes.