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Environmentalist Foundation of India Employs Scientific Methods To Recharge Lakes.


Focuses on scientific revival of the freshwater bodies through a community based conservation effort.

Product or concept

A scientific restoration of urban water bodies.

Problem being solved

Disappearance of lakes and ponds due to lack of maintenance and scarcity of water.

Process or technology involved

  • EFI implements the central circular recharge pit concept:
  • Connected to triangular shafts and perpendicular shafts located on the borders of the pond.
  • Enables multi-directional transfer of water to the water table.

Sustainability benefits

  • Conservation of freshwater bodies replenishes the groundwater levels.
  • Future protection against flooding
  • Protects the fragile ecological inhabitants and the ecosystem of the lake/pond.

User segments that will benefit

  • Educational Institutions
  • Municipal Corporations
  • Resident Welfare Organisations
  • Offices

People or organizations involved

Environmental Foundation of India

Arun Krishnamurthy

Innovations or USPs

  • EFI closely works with the state governments and the other stakeholders.
  • Higher efficiency of water recharge due to the scientific technique employed.

Related engineering, science or business topics

  • Water management
  • Waste Management
  • Public Policy
  • Ecology

Other interesting highlights

EFI’s channel - Hydrostan, water bodies based  YouTube series in India focuses on positive and inspiring stories.

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Arun Krishnamurthy and his ideas on how to clean up India's environment : The video talks about Arun Krishnamurthy's vision in environmental conservation for his organisation.

Environmentalist: A way of life | Arun Krishnamurthy | TEDxXLRI : The TEDx talk by Arun helps people understand that ‘Environmentalist’ is not a profession, it’s a way of life.

Meet Arun Krishnamurthy, The Rockstar Activist Working For Environmental Conservation : The article talks about Arun's journey in establishing Environmentalist Foundation of India over the years.

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Environmentalist Foundation of India - Projects : For more information regarding the projects they do, you can contact them directly on their website.

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Environmentalist Foundation of India - Volunteer : For more information on volunteering, you can contact them through their website.

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Dr. Jayshree Vencatesan : She specialises in conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and ecological restoration, with a special interest in wetlands.

Mr.R Suthanthararajan : The Environmental Science and Engineering Department at CSIR - Central Leather Research Institute specialises in wastewater treatment technology and water management strategies. For more information regarding this, you can contact Mr.R Suthanthararajan, Department Head, through the details given on their website.

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