Water conservation and management policy of Mar Athanasius College of Engineering
encompasses the policies, strategies and activities designed to manage water sustainably to meet
current and future demands in the campus. Efficient water storage can be a viable solution to
water conservation. This means that the College should take serious effort to protect the
surrounding environment and available water resources. Regardless, as an institution of higher
learning, Mar Athanasius college of Engineering shall have a moral responsibility to promote
and propagate the message among the academic community and society as well. Over the past
few years, the College has undertaken a number of initiatives to utilize water more efficiently
and effectively within the campus. The policy includes awareness campaign for the protection of
streams, rivers, ponds and land, study on climatic change, reaching out to the public through
water-testing, and water literacy programmes, soil testing etc. Understanding relationships
between environmental and societal factors and academia’s support for water conservation
measures that can help planners and policy makers to identify obstacles and opportunities to
increase the role of conservation and efficiency in making water supply systems sustainable.
Student and staff play a major role in our water sustainability strategy. Reducing water
consumption and protecting water quality shall be the key objectives of sustainable policy of
MACE. The College views water from the three inter-related dimensions of Efficient
Conservation, Responsible Consumption and Restoring and Retaining surface and recharging
College encourages all its stakeholders to support policies and programmes for water
conservation that would achieve:
- A sustainable balance between demand, management and reduce waste through accurate
accounting of water volume.
- Water conservation education to all the stakeholders.
- Research and implementation of practices that promote efficient use of water.
- Coordination between water planning and other aspects of facility planning and
management in association with local government body.
Initiatives of MACE
MACE is working towards making the facilities more and more water sustainable. This has been
achieved with the use of water efficient fixtures, waste water treatment technologies and rain
- College is implementing new water efficient fixtures in its new constructions, ensuring
100% treatment and recycling of sewage, and rainwater harvesting.
- Upon realizing that rainwater harvesting is imperative for the future water requirement of
the campus, college has set up a rainwater harvesting unit near the Alumni centre.
- Major part of the rainwater naturally penetrates the soil to filter into five ponds in the
campus. Due to this process, campus has never faced water scarcity in any season. In
addition, college campus has a facility to collect water to artificial pits near ponds, to
filter into pond.
- College has a Sewage treatment plant (STP) in the Boy’s hostel premises which recycles
the sewage to gardening-suitable water. This plant has an equalizer tank with two
inlets – one from a biogas plant and another from sullage sources. The slurry from the
biogas plant is directly treatable while the other slurry needs further processing. After
treatments the two inlets give a comparable quality wastewater and merge together. After
subsequent processing, clean water is generated. This processed water is used for watering
gardens and cricket grounds.
- Ensuring improvement of the water and water depending natural resources at surrounding
areas in the campus.
- Sewage treatment Plant: Sewage treatment Plant at New men’s hostel is working as per
the rules and regulations of State pollution control board.
- Big dug well storage tank: College constructed a big dug well near PG block for rain water
harvesting and recharging.
- Surface water conservation through ponds and wells: College campus is blessed with five
- Cleaning initiative taken up for the ‘Kurur thodu’, a river flowing nearby.
- Cleaning of local ponds in connection with Ente Kulam cleaning drive initiated by
- M A College Association involved in ‘Kurur Thodu Protection Action Plan’ to safeguard
the ‘Kurur thodu’ (a river) flowing on the rear side of the college campus. Students
volunteers of NSS clean the river banks of every year in association with more than 40
educational institutions including schools, Dental colleges etc. in and around
- MACE NSS unit engaged in organic farming activities in the campus. Variety of
vegetables and fruits are farming in 2 Acres of land. The name of this initiative is “Visha
Goals and Plans
- Maximize water usage efficiency and minimize wastage of water.
- AII existing buildings to be used for water conservation and rain water harvesting.
- Promote investment in and maintenance of efficient water infrastructure and green
infrastructure in all future development plans.
- Promote appropriate innovative water and wastewater management technologies and
- Provide training on the water conservation measures adopted by the college to all the
students, staff and other stakeholders of the college and nearby community.
- Ensure awareness about the water conservation policy of the college among all the
- Establish waste water treatment and recycling centres.
- Create awareness about the cost-effectiveness of water conservation projects among
students and local community.
- Improve water quality. For example, create awareness about garbage disposals among
public and take the leadership to make Kothamangalm muncipality neat and clean.
- Recycle non-sewage and greywater for on-site use (such as toilet flushing, landscape
irrigation, and more generally, considering the water quality requirements).
- Build relationship between environmental, societal leaders and policy makers to identify
obstacles and opportunities to increase the role of conservation and efficiency in making
the water supply systems sustainable.
- Community programmes: Organise various outreach programmes under the leadership of
NSS, Boomithrasena and other student bodies.
- Encourage research, development and implementation of water conservation techniques
in relation to the ecological needs and responses.
- Increase understanding of water and is movement including groundwater and its
interaction with surface water, and the effects of climate change on water resources
among student and teaching community.
- Inform, educate and increase awareness regarding the importance of water to life, and the
need for conservation and efficient use of water.
- Protect the streams, ponds and rivers and the public area surrounding the college.