This is the 2nd time we are facing a water crisis. We have taken several measures over the last few years including 100% rainwater harvesting, 100% grey-water recycling, and recharge wells for our bore wells. However, we can’t manage the climate. These are the steps we are taking to manage the crisis in the immediate and long terms.
UPDATE ON BORE WELL DIGGING AND UPGRADE OF MOTORS AND PUMPS
We went another 20 feet (total depth of borewell is now 1200 ft) to pass a ‘gap’ where the bore well walls have started collapsing which the experts say is pushing the water out when the pumps come on. Our hope was that we’ll have adequate water pressure with the massive motors in place. It didn’t happen like that. We’re still at the same total volume and level as before we started of a 1000 liters per day(LPD). It still doesn’t cover our present requirements (15K LPD) and it changes the future significantly.
The option of making more bore wells is practically non- existent with the level of failure in the immediate surroundings and our own experience. We do hope that 6 months from June to November the bore well will have adequate water because of the monsoon. The plan is to store and rely on rainwater for the other 6 months.
CHANGES FROM THE EXISTING PLAN FOR MEDIUM AND LONG TERM WATER SECURITY FOR VOSD
●The 150,000 liter tank when complete will be used to store rainwater exclusively. This is almost ready waiting for India shut down period to be lifted post 14th April 20.
●The smaller pond will be converted into a 500,000 liter concrete sump. Also to be recharged with rainwater. This will cost about Rs 25 lacs
●The existing large roofing is about 10,000 sq feet including the hospital, 4 residences, single large kennel area. All this will use a system of gutters and filters and pumps to bring water to these tanks. This will cost about 2 lacs
●The smaller roofs of kennels and enclosures will also use gutters to drain into 3′ deep 4′ wide cement lined deep recharge wells for the bore well. 5-6 will be built. This will cost about Rs 2-3 lacs
●We’re procuring food at 3-5 times our negotiated prices at this time. The next cycle might be even more steep. Your overwhelming support in the past weeks goes a long way in easing it for our dogs.
IMMEDIATE/ CRITICAL MEASURES BEING TAKEN TO OVERCOME THE WATER CRISIS ( updated on 17th March 20)
● 3 tankers of water to be brought from 22 km away (Doddaballapur) each day. Cost Rs 5000-6000 per day
● Over 4 months this supply will cost Rs 720,000
STORAGE TO RIDE OUT EMERGENCIES
● We’ve begun construction of a 150,000 liter concrete underground storage tank. When full it will give us between 30-60 days of drinking water capacity to ride out emergencies. It will take 2 months to be able to get ready and store water.
● Budgeted cost of construction (underway) Rs 14,00,000
UPGRADE OF 3 PHASE SUPPLY/ MOTORS:
● 3-Phase motors have to be replaced / upgraded to run on 220v supply from the present 440v because the current supplied voltage by the govt. is consistently less than 250v This requires dismantling the bore well to bring out the motors. This will cost approx Rs 200,000
UPGRADE OF THE SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT (STP)
● We’ve begun upgrading the STP from the basic system. This will allow us to clean water to a point that it can be used by a commercial RO system (to be installed). This will cost approx Rs 200,000.
INSTALL COMMERCIAL RO PLANT
● We intend to install a commercial RO plant of 500 LPH capacity that can produce 5000 liters of drinking water each day from rain/ surface/ treated grey water. Installation cost Rs 200,000
WATER AVAILABILITY & USE
This is a water emergency for VOSD. Even if the monsoon is in time the rains are 4 months away till we have any sort of water recharge above and below ground.
CURRENT WATER REQUIREMENT
● Water for cooking for 850+ dogs (2000 Liters Per Day, LPD)
● Drinking water for dogs, cows and horses (2000 LPD)
● Drinking water for 20 staff (1000 LPD)
● Water for cleaning over 60,000 sq feet of build up area for dogs including the hospital, 50+ kennels, 50+ enclosures (5000 LPD)
● Water for construction + plants (5000 LPD) Per day water use: 15,000 LPD
Per day water use: 15,000 LPD
● 5bhp (3-phase) *4 submersibles for ground water
● 1bhp*3 pumps for pumping above ground
● 2bhp*1 submersible for drawing well/pool water
● 10,000+ ft of 1/2/4” underground pipe network
● 20000+ liters of PVC tank storage above ground
● 10000 liters of storage underground
● 30kva transformer for 3 phase power
● 7.5kva (1-phase) generator for pumping surface water during power outages
WATER EMERGENCY AT VOSD SANCTUARY
URGENTLY NEED YOUR HELP TO OVERCOME THE WATER CRISIS
We are restricted to using the water that is available in our land. There is no water pipelines or govt water supply.
The Origin of the VOSD WATER Crises
VOSD IS IN THE DRIEST PART OF INDIA
● Karnataka as a whole is the second driest state in India after Rajasthan!
● This is skewed by the fact that the western ghats in Karnataka are one of the wettest regions in India — it stands to reason that the rest of the state – north from Bangalore and east of the western ghats is drier than Rajasthan
● We are in this region 75km north (for reasons of proximity to the vet infrastructure of Bangalore)
● Water scarcity is compounded by the fact that we are in a very hilly region made of granite rock
THE CRISES HAS BEEN BUILDING
● Last year the monsoon failed and we ran dry and had to buy water for a few months. We received concentrated rainfall in Sept-Oct after the monsoon season. Clearly it was not enough to recharge our surface and underground water. This year we have run dry a month earlier than last year.
● Water usage has increased as the number of dogs has increased and with the ongoing construction of the VOSD – City of Dogs.
● Submersibles pumps need 440v 3 Phase power supply to run. 3 phase power is supplied for 1 hr a day in the night, but in the dry season at about 200-250v. It is inadequate to pump water most nights.