Taj Mahal to contribute in replenishment of groundwater table

There are many historical buildings of varied architectural styles built for water harvesting that are spread across the country. Vasant Kumar Swarnkar, superintending archaeologist of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), Agra Circle informed that the decision was taken to spread the message that Taj Mahal, a place of immense historical and architectural importance which sees maximum tourist footfall in the country, can also contribute to water conservation. 

Archeological Survey of India (ASI) has begun the task of replenishing groundwater around the Taj Mahal. This is done by diverting the wastewater to a stepwell that is discharged during the RO treatment.This stepwell was built during the Mughal period. 

The Taj Mahal complex has six RO systems which provide 750 to 2,000 litres of water every hour. A total of 30,000 litres of drinking water is provided daily through the RO (Reverse Osmosis) process for consumption, and in this process 30,000 litres of wastewater is generated and another 10,000 litres is wasted during consumption. This generates 40,000 litres of wastewater at the Taj Mahal Complex. Of this, 30,000 litres of the waste water will be diverted into the stepwell and the well, the remaining 10,000 litres will go into the borewells that have been constructed for this purpose. The water will be channelised via PVC pipes to replenish the water table at 120 feet.

Taj Mahal is one of the seven wonders of the world and one of the most treasured historical monuments in India, with this initiative, it will soon become a monument that would contribute in water replenishment. 

 

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