Domestic help being trained to conserve water

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NAVI MUMBAI: The civic body in collaboration with The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI) has started an awareness programme, under Eco City project, on the need and means of conserving water.

The programme will target housemaids, helpers who wash cars and staff involved in house-keeping at various residential societies.

“We had already planned an awareness programme in wake of the looming water crisis but it is being implemented now. The people who do household chores are important stakeholders. Hence keeping them informed about the cause is of utmost importance,” said Dr Anjali Parasnis, director of the institute.

A pilot programme was conducted at NRI complex, Seawoods on December 15. Over 60 maids and other housekeeping staff working within the complex attended the programme. “The volunteers used flash card to portray a contrasting scenario of draught-affected rural areas and misuse of surplus water in the city through the eyes of a village girl” said a resident, Dr Vandana Mahajani. The volunteers also highlighted faulty practices such as letting water overflow, not repairing leaking pipes. The participants were told about the basic means to prevent water wastage while going about their daily chores like mopping the floor, washing utensils and cooking.

The institute will also have similar programmes in other societies as well. TERI will provide training to those interested to spread the message.

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