International Symposium on
Drylands Ecology and Human Security
Sustainable Urban Water Management in Drylands
Pulkit Sharma1 & Shashank Mehta2
1Delhi College of Engineering-University of Delhi, India
2Punjab Engineering College-Chandigarh, India
Water has always been an important source of energy generation. Earlier by using water mills, now through hydro electric power and in future by unleashing the power of hydrogen obtained from water, it has indeed our primary energy source. However an important aspect which is often neglected is that a large amount of energy generated is consumed in the utilization of water itself. Activities like pumping of water, transportation of water, treatment of waste water etc consume huge amount of energy. Water use by power plants, irrigation, water distribution networks in municipalities are the sectors which when taken together consume around 7% of the total energy produced in this world. However current trends in water supply and usage are not sustainable. This is because of the highly inefficient technologies and management system being used by the above mentioned sectors which results in wastage of lot of energy.