Indian city turns to industry leaders and Singapore to address water challenges

March 31, 2015

DENVER — Urban encroachment, climate change and pollution have affected the availability and quality of traditional surface water resources in Jaipur, India.

DENVER — CH2M HILL announced, in partnership with the Singapore Public Utilities Board (PUB) and Singapore Cooperation Enterprise, it is providing “technical and integrated water management leadership services” to the Rajasthan state government through the Public Health and Environment Department (PHED) for Jaipur, India, according to a press release.

The city of Jaipur has experienced “a rapid level of urbanization and population growth” and has become reliant on groundwater resources, stated the release.

Urban encroachment, climate change and pollution have affected the availability and quality of the city’s traditional surface water resources, continued the release.

Water resources for Jaipur are threatened due to this over extraction and pollution of groundwater, reported the release, and the water supply for the city is expected to become less secure and reliable as well as more scarce, as “quality is expected to degrade even further in the next decade, in a growing demand scenario."

The city has turned to industry experts and to Singapore, which has successfully managed water scarcity issues through its NEWater program and water portfolio diversification and integration strategy of “Four National Taps,” to help address Jaipur’s water challenges, noted the release.

“Through this [program], Singapore’s water management technology and project implementation experience will be shared with Rajasthan government and the PHED officials,” said Vinod Singh, CH2M HILL vice president and lead for the program. “CH2M HILL is pleased to help deliver this [program] by providing full access to our thought and knowledge leaders in integrated water resource management, drinking water treatment quality, public/stakeholder engagement and advanced water recycling.”

Read the entire release here.

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