National Convention of Environmental: Rainwater

National Convention of Environmental: Rainwater
Harvesting and Water Management
The Institution of Engineers (India)
NAGPUR LOCAL CENTRE
North Ambazari Road, Nagpur - 440 010

The Institution of Engineers (India)
NATIONAL SEMINAR ON Rainwater Harvesting and Water
Management Engineers

11-12 Nov. 2006, Nagpur

AIMS & OBJECTIVES
The Institution of Engineers (I) holds National
Conventions every year in each branch of Engineering to
highlight the latest trends and future projections. So
far twenty one National Conventions have been organised
in different parts of the Nation on potential and
contemporary topics related to Environmental
Engineering.

The Nagpur Local Centre of the The Institution of
Engineers (I) is hosting the 22nd National Convention
on 11-12 Nov. 2006 at Nagpur. This Convention alongwith
a National Seminar is aimed at providing an appropriate
forum to Engineers, Scientists, Academicians,
Researchers and Executives to come together and discuss
the 'State of Art' in selected topics within the broad
field of Rain Water Harvesting for their mutual
benefits and professional advancement. The theme for
the 22nd National Convention of Environmental Engineers
is "Rain Water Harvesting and Water Management.

BACKGROUND
Freshwater, once considered an inexhaustible resource,
is now fast becoming a rare and scare commodity. Rain
is the predominant source of all the fresh water on
this planet, and harvesting rain is thus a crucial
means for sustaining the fast depleting surface and
ground water resources. Rainwater harvesting was an
important means of water conservation in olden days in
rural India, as evident from the numerous traditional
water harvesting systems put in place long years ago.
However, with the passage of time, as the country has
progressed tremendously in every sector of development,
the urban India to date has shown little interest in
rainwater harvesting and has taken water for
granted.There have been profound demographic shifts
during the past few decades, as people continue to
migrate from rural to urban areas in search of work and
new opportunities.

Urbanization creates new needs and aspirations, as
people work, live, move and socialize in different ways
and require different products and services. By 2025,
nearly half of India's population is expected to be
living in towns and cities. Municipal authorities are
already finding it increasingly difficult to meet the
water requirements of this bourgeoning population.
Inadequate supply of municipal water has forced the
populate to relentlessly tap the ground water resources
resulting in its over-exploitation and quality
deterioration. Urban population has the potential to
help sustain the ground water resources indirectly
either by using harvested rainwater to lessen the need
for pumping ground water or directly by injecting the
harvested water into the aquifer. Therefore, there is a
pressing need for all concerned to discuss the
pertinent issues of rainwater harvesting in a common
platform and explore new possibilities.The seminar is
planned to bring policy makers, planners, researchers,
scientists, administrators, engineers, NGOs and
responsible citizens on a common platform to share and
discuss their experiences, technological know-hows,
constraints in implementation of rainwater harvesting
schemes and other related issues in urban areas. The
deliberations of the seminar will be fruitful in
suggesting pragmatic solutions, recommending a policy
framework and open up new research avenues for improved
rainwater harvesting and water management.

With these in view, the following themes are proposed
for discussion in the seminar proceedings.
1. Scope of rainwater harvesting in urban areas.
2. Appropriate techniques for rainwater harvesting
3. Artificial recharge of aquifers in urban set ups.
4. Water management in Industries.
5. Recycling and reuse of water.
6. Water conservation measures in Industries.
7. Performance evaluation of the rainwater harvesting
schemes and case studies
8. Policy issues on rainwater harvesting and water
management.
9. Instrumentation in rainwater harvesting.
10.Environmental impact assessment of rainwater
harvesting schemes.
11.Roles of Municipality, NGOs and city dwellersin
rainwater harvesting and water management.
12.Socio-economic aspects of rainwater harvesting.
13.Public awareness on rainwater harvesting.

THEMES

V Modak Memorial Lecture has been instituted to
commemorate the notable achievements of Late N. V.
Modak in the field of Environmental Engineering. The
Lecture will be delivered by an eminent person in the
field of Environmental Engineering during the
Convention.

Papers reflecting original thoughts, research work and
practical experiences in the field of rainwater
harvesting are invited for presentation at the National
Seminar. Authors are requested to submit abstracts
giving scope, methodology and key results of the
proposed papers. Abstracts should not be more than 2
pages and Full Papers should not be more than 10 pages
in A4 size (including figures / tables). Papers should
be typed in MS-WORD (Font : Times New Roman) only.
Authors are requested to send a floppy /CD containing
full texts and figures, alongwith 2 hard copies of the
papers.

Abstract-Latest by15th July 2006
Full Paper -Latest by30th Sept. 2006

Registration (For Individuals only) Delegate-Rs.800/-
Member of IE(I) -Rs.500/-

All payments should be made by Local Cheque or Demand
Draft drawn in favour of "The Institution of Engineers
(India)"payable at Nagpur.

Exhibition shall be arranged to display the Rainwater
Harvesting and Water Management works and equipment.
Organisations may like to book stalls for it. For more
details, please contact to the Dr. P. K. Naik,
Organising Secretary.

Address for Correspondence
The Institution of Engineers (I)Nagpur Local
CentreNorth Ambazari Road, Nagpur - 440 010
Tel. 0712-2556231, 2554387
Fax 0712-2525617
E-mail : ieingp_ngp@sancharnet.in
Web : www.ieingp.org