As power avail­abil­ity is un­re­li­able in some ar­eas in Barmer, Cairn has re­sorted to so­lar- pow­ered any- time wa­ter ( ATW) kiosks to ad­dress the prob­lem, re­plac­ing grid power or diesel back- up, to min­imise the car­bon foot­print. These ATW kiosks al­low for r

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with pre-paid smart cards with which they can ac­cess wa­ter at their con­ve­nience, in a man­ner sim­i­lar to the ac­cess pro­vided by bank ATM ma­chines.

A key fea­ture of the Jee­van Am­rit project is that it is a com­mu­nity man­aged ini­tia­tive, giv­ing mem­bers a sense of own­er­ship and the op­er­a­tors are cho­sen by a Vil­lage Wa­ter Com­mit­tee from among the lo­cal com­mu­nity. The project will also re­sult in ru­ral em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties, which is in line with the World Wa­ter Day theme of 2016 ‘Wa­ter and Jobs.’ Be­side op­er­a­tions and main­te­nance, in­di­rect em­ploy­ment will be gen­er­ated in wa­ter dis­tri­bu­tion, large-scale civil works, plumb­ing as well as elec­tri­cal.

The Jee­van Am­rit project is be­ing im­ple­mented with sup­port of agen­cies such as WaterLife and Fon­tus in Barmer. In Ra­jasthan, around 70 units have been im­ple­mented this fis­cal year. Hav­ing re­ceived ex­tremely pos­i­tive com­mu­nity feed­back, Cairn is now in­creas­ing the scale and scope of the Jee­van Am­rit project sub­stan­tially. Cairn has also part­nered with a few lo­cal en­trepreneurs to run a ‘wa­ter on wheels’ sys­tem (called Jal Rath) which fos­ters a spirit of ru­ral en­trepreneur­ship.

Since power avail­abil­ity re­mains highly un­re­li­able, in some ar­eas in Barmer; Cairn has re­sorted to so­lar-pow­ered ATW kiosks to ad­dress the prob­lem, re­plac­ing grid power or diesel backup, to min­imise the car­bon foot­print. Wa­ter ATW kiosks al­low for remote mon­i­tor­ing in which the health of the plant and qual­ity of wa­ter can eas­ily be mon­i­tored though SMS alerts or through the An­droid plat­form. This pro­vides real-time ac­cess of cru­cial pa­ram­e­ters such as TDS lev­els, in­put and out­put wa­ter qual­ity as well as flow rates.

Cairn In­dia cur­rently op­er­ates 44 ATW plants in Ra­jasthan and Gu­jarat, which have a best-in-class util­i­sa­tion. Out of the 34 plants in Ra­jasthan, al­most a third of these had util­i­sa­tion of more than 50 per cent, with five plants op­er­at­ing at over 90 per cent util­i­sa­tion rates. Cairn In­dia Ltd is one of In­dia’s largest oil and gas com­pa­nies. The com­pany’s ma­jor oil fields are lo­cated in the Barmer dis­trict in Western Ra­jasthan, where Cairn pro­duces over 175,000 bar­rels of oil per day (bopd).

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