The district administration of Mansa in Punjab has taken the initiative of constructing soak pits in 53 schools. The soak pits when completed will cater to waste water near drinking water sources in the school as well as waste water generated from washing of Mid-Day meal utensils.
This was reported by the central Jal Shakti Abhiyan (JSA) team that visited the district between 9th and 11th August, 2019 to check progress of interventions planned in the areas of water conservation and rainwater harvesting; renovation of traditional water bodies/tanks; reuse borewell recharge structures; watershed development and intensive afforestation.
The team comprised Central Nodal Officer, Smt. Anjali Bhawra, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Corporate Affairs; Block Nodal Officer, Shri Kamlesh Kumar Jhell, Deputy Secretary, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment; and Technical Officer,Shri Harbir Singh.
The team learnt that underground water across the district varies between 11 and 27 metres.
The soak pits are being built through corporate social responsibility (CSR) funds of Bharat Petroleum. They will help in recharging 5,300 litres (100 litres average per school) of water daily, 1,59,000 litres per month and 13,25,000 litres in a year (at the rate of 250 working days per year). In addition, the soak pits will absorb rainwater and thus recharge the groundwater table.
Significantly, the project will help educate and sensitize students about water conservation.
Owing to the success of soak pits constructed so far, as many as 17 new schools have come up with the demand for construction of soak pits in their premises.
The district administration now intends to cover all the pending primary schools out of the total 295 primary schools in the district by May 2020.