Home to one of the world’s biggest municipal systems, between 40 to 60 percent of India’s energy costs arise only from supplying water, and an estimated 48 crore units in electricity is wasted every year due to inefficient water pumps.
Addressing roadblocks to better water management
While the solution – installing efficient water pumps – is self-evident, it faced hesitation from municipal bodies. Modern water pumps have high initial cost, and the lack of awareness and market interest has led to lags in procurements, installation, and commissioning.
Having identified the need to address these factors to unlock India’s immense potential savings in energy, cost and water as part of India’s Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), we are working with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs to retrofit energy efficient pumps across 500 Smart Cities.
A strategic approach to municipal water systems
We will replace inefficient pumps in public water works and sewerage systems at no upfront cost to the municipal bodies. As per our proven method, the investment will be recovered from the savings in energy costs. We are also aggregating demand for these pumps from Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) and leveraging the resulting economies of scale to bring down their cost, making them an even more attractive investment. With the deployment of superior, energy efficient pumps, and their reliability underpinned by 7 years of repair and maintenance, urban residents will be assured of uninterrupted supply, while states benefit from lower municipal energy bills and reduced water wastage.
Roadmap and intended impact
Through this initiative, we will enable an annual savings of approximately Rs INR 3,200 crore (USD 492 million) and reduce 39 lakh tonnes in carbon emissions. We will also help urban local bodies (ULBs) with managerial, technical, and turnkey project implementation skills, and structure project financing. Over 330 Indian cities will be audited for energy efficiency under AMRUT.