Appointment: November 30 – December 02, 2021
Course duration: Three days (24 hours)
Place: Anil Agarwal Environment Training Institute (AAETI), Nimli, Rajasthan
Type of course: Residential
CSE – School of Water and Waste (SWW) organized a 3-day residential advanced training program on “Water Sensitive Urban Design and Planning (WSUDP) – Rainwater Harvesting at Different Scales” from November 30 to December 2, 2021. The training was organized as part of CSE-NMCG’s capacity building initiative to make cities in the Ganges Basin water-aware.
The training program aimed to build a cohort of practitioners and managers (government and private) who will design and implement WSUDP interventions. The advanced training program has been developed for participants who have already completed the CST online course(s) on various WSUDP topics.
The Covid-19 standard operating procedure (SOP) has been prepared by the administrative department. of the CSE, taking into account all Covid-19 precautions and social distancing measures, which were followed during the residential training at AAETI.
A total of 30 participants attended the training, which included young, mid-career and experienced professionals from different expertise in the private and public sectors. In the private sector, participants were architects, landscape architects, urban planners, economists, civil engineers. The others were government officials from NMCG, DDA, SMCG Uttar Pradesh, Urban and Rural Planning (TCPO) Bhopal, MP State, Architects, Urban Planners, Environmental Scientists and engineers.
The training program began with site visits to the CSE campus and Jamia Hamdard on November 29, 2021 – Day 0. The Rainwater Harvesting (RWH) system on the CSE campus (building-wide ) was presented by CSE staff. Institution-wide RWH system at Jamia Hamdard was presented by Mr. Azhar Ali Khan and his team, where they also shared the benefits of the system as they reduced the dependence of global supply on tankers or groundwater.
To kick off the first day, Dr. Suresh Kumar Rohilla, Senior Director of CSE, inaugurated the training program and set the context for the 3-day advanced training, highlighting urban water management issues and the critical need for integrated water cycle management with cost effective water sensitive design interventions in India. He also discussed the policy framework for mainstreaming WSUDP in urban centers of India, as well as challenges and opportunities in the sector.
This was followed by an expert lecture on the “River Sensitive Planning Framework” Dr. Victor Shinde, Manager – Water and Environment, NIUA Urban River Management Plan (URMP) Framework which is adopted for rejuvenate water bodies, adapt nature-based solutions and improve biodiversity. Besides, he concluded with the next proposal of the works of the URMP to be implemented in Kanpur.
Following this, the “Urban Water Security Planning Toolkit” was discussed by Jigisha Jaiswal, C-WAS, CEPT University. She stressed the importance of a comprehensive city water balance plan that includes revenue and non-revenue water calculations, as well as other social benefits to consider. Continuing the water balance concept, Mr. PZ Thomas, MD, Environmental Engineers and Consultants Pvt. ltd. (EECPL) shared invaluable insights from their own experiments on water balance at different scales. He talked about low impact development and the different assumptions that are made before estimating water requirements for commercial and residential projects. He also confronted the water verification and water balance aspects of water conservation with some practical exercises on the same subject.
Sanjay Prakash, Director of ShiFt Studios, shared his experience in designing a water-sensitive campus in an arid area: IIT Jodhpur. He showcased the various water-sensitive features designed and implemented in the state-of-the-art campus that focus on rainwater and rainwater harvesting and local reuse of treated wastewater. He discussed in detail the design parameters of the swales as they are implemented on campus. The session was followed by a group exercise on a hypothetical case study on designing swales for the campus of IIT Jodhpur. Abhinav Pandey, Studio Head, ShiFt Studies assisted Mr. Prakash with exercises and group presentations.
Day 1 ended with the AAETI campus tour led by DhruvPasricha, CSE, where he introduced the different features of water at AAETI. He also discussed various design considerations and the operation and maintenance of water-sensitive elements.
Day 2 began with a brainstorming session group exercise where participants discussed the various learnings from Day 1 and the site visits made on Day 0. This was followed by a session on data requirements for the planning and design of WSUDP interventions led by Shivani, CSE. She spoke about the various data sets needed to design FFS systems at different scales and the sources of these data sets.
This was followed by a session on the “Benefit and Cost Analysis (BCA) Tool” by Mr. Jamie Ewert, National Engagement Manager, CRC for Water Sensitive Cities, Australia. He stressed the importance of economic evaluation and calculations of CAPEX and OPEX costs. He also discussed net present value and payback period, which are critical factors when assessing the economic feasibility of WSUDP interventions.
Following this, Project Manager Tanmay Kumar discussed the various nuances of permeable pavements and their application in Indian cities. He discussed the benefits of using this feature and other performance enhancements that can be used to best utilize this durable intervention. This was followed by a group exercise on “Data Requirements for WSUDP Planning and Design” where participants were given a hypothetical case for the data requirements for designing a CEP system for a house , a school, a town and a hotel.
This was followed by a session on planning and designing WSUDP interventions by Dhruv Pasricha, CSE. He discussed the various planning and design standards, strategies and rules of thumb for various components of the RWH system including. sizing of storage tanks and recharge pits. The planning and design of SUDS features and stormwater harvesting interventions for parks were also discussed in detail during the session. After that, Shivani, CSE presented O&M and economic feasibility of RWH systems and the various components of O&M schedules and stakeholder engagements.
An experience sharing lecture by one of the alumni, Natasha Zarine, EcoSattva Environmental Solutions Pvt. Ltd., where she presented her work on the rejuvenation of the Kham River in Aurangabad. Following the experience sharing discussion, the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Exercise: Planning and Designing WSUDP at Three Different Scales was presented and participants were given datasets for City “X” to four different geographical areas. Participants were required to prepare an RWH and SUDS plan for their city and provide O&M strategies as well as the roles and responsibilities of various stakeholders. Participants worked on crafts for the rest of the day and evening.
Day 3 began with DIY presentations by each group with a maximum of seven minutes per group. Presentations were scored on aspects of the city profile, SUDS and RWH plan for three different scales, O&M schedule, stakeholder roles and responsibilities, presentation style and graphics. The winning group received CSE giveaways, followed by a short feedback session.
The training program concluded with a site visit to the Nizamuddin East Colony in Delhi, where Vandana Menon. She introduced the RWH system implemented in the settlement, sharing the journey of how local residents have funded, implemented and now maintain these systems to address localized waterlogging and depletion issues. of the water table. She discussed the various factors responsible for nearly two decades of well-functioning CEP systems. She shared her experience on community engagement and the role of various state and non-state actors in the implementation and replicability of implemented FFS systems. The sessions concluded with a vote of thanks.
Senior Research Associate
Urban Water Program
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Dr Suresh Kumar Rohilla
Senior Director, CSE
School of Water & Waste, AAETI
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