Aiming to design a work plan and in-depth financial analysis to maximize return on investment, Khamgaon Municipal Council has put a strategy into action by using a range of cutting-edge technologies i.e House Service Connections, Water Meter and implementation of Geospatial and Hydraulic modeling software. Also to understand the overall water network, providing every individual a connection and meter. This is based on what is used like for eg. with gas or electricity people with meters tend to use 12% less water on average, which will help to conserve this precious resource. Constant revisions and updates to the plan based on real-time data in the field to ensure everything are correctly prioritized and the project remains cost-effective.
Local bodies are not financially self-sufficient and depend on transfers from state and other grants from the Centre /state to meet their capital investment and operations and management (O&M) expenditure requirements. The capacity to plan, manage, execute, and operate water at the local government level is weak. The lack of capacity and of skilled professionals for effective water management, especially with the advanced technological trends, is a key factor that contributes to the major challenges in water industry.
An integrated water management policy is necessary for sustainable development and allocation and monitoring of water resource use in the context of social, economic, and environmental objectives, it has proved difficult to develop such a policy in most cities due to various political and non-political factors.
Khamgaon's overall study suggests that it isthe biggest city in Buldhana district with most of the government offices and some recognized educational institutes. Also being a business hub, with population on constant rise an imperative step was required to meet the increasing demand of water with the existing capacity as to reduce overall dependency on climate, resources etc.
One major challenge for Khamgaon MC was high levels of water loss due to physical losses (leaking pipes) and commercial losses (water theft or lack of proper billing). High Non Revenue Water levels lead to increase operating costs, reduced revenues and poor customer service.
To meet all the challenges it was decided to find a holistic answer to the problems created by inefficient water systems.
Ultimately the goal of every utility and family is to have access to a safe and reliable water supply within the house. Although various options for in-house water supply may be provided the main feature is access to piped water supply inside the house. Municipal Council adopted the House Service Connection option as it has less friction loss and gave better flow at lower heads. Secondly it had 100% leak-proof capacity saving enormous quantity of water wasted in conventional piping system due to corroded leaky joints. And with very smooth inner surface it ensured no scaling.
With every individual getting a connection it was mandatory to give water meters so as to charge customer in proportion for the amount of water they use. Secondly it was fair to all consumers as the meter recorded specific usage and encouraged them to conserve water.
It has been observed that in most of the sectors that although the infrastructure is full proof lack of attention to operation and maintenance leads to dysfunction of the entire system incurring huge losses.
Even after creating such assets by investing millions of rupees, they failed to provide the proper services effectively to the community for which they have been constructed and remain underutilized. Efficient and effective operation was needed for council for an improved sustainable service delivery.
A Data Center concept was introduced by council wherein a revenue management system was designed and which is an important aspect to govern the financial responsibility of council.
ADCC Infocad has played a pivotal role in adequate measuring, monitoring and reporting systems of various water supply schemes. ADCC has developed water accounting standards, standardized reporting formats, benchmarking of water accounting systems,value added and nationally consistent metering systems.