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
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).