Does it make sense to install a waste water treatment plant for a society?
What can we do to make our city smart?
I am sure you have read your city’s name in the list of smart cities that the current government will focus on. You must have felt proud of it as well. If you stopped reading and moved on to your daily chores, I suggest you stop and think a bit. Is your contribution limited to just reading it or do you think you can really do something more?
Well, yes you guessed it right. There is so much more that can be done.
What is a city made up of?
Well, the answer would be so many things. The people, the homes, the factories and all other things that interact with each other make or build what we call a city. So then how does a city become smart?
Thinking inside out
One of the approaches to this is to think from inside to the outside, literally. What if we made each of the city components smart? We made it such that every component is interdependent, yet self reliant to an extent that the whole process is managed super smooth?
Yes, this is the topic of this article.
Let’s take an example of a housing society and analyses how it functions. In a nut shell, the housing society is a collection of houses (some independent houses, some apartment complexes) that people stay in. If we try to keep it really simple, these people who stay here have their own needs. They need food and they need power or electricity to function and to survive.
If we were to make this society smart, we could look at a couple of options. We meet a significant percentage of its power or electricity requirement independent of the national grid. This can be done through solar or wind farms that generate the power locally and supply it as an alternative to drawing it from the local utility company or grid.
The smart water user
The second option is to treat its waste at the source. Water is one of the major components that housing societies pollute. Installing a waste water treatment plant for this society is something that can be a significant step towards making it a smart city. Revolutionary companies such as Ace Dynamics are helping many localities and housing societies with the latter initiative.
It is definitely possible to install a waste water treatment plant in housing societies. It needs some dedication and a few square meters of open land to get the plant operational. The result is revolutionary and the water can be reused for everything from garden maintenance to cleaning of cars, roads and many other non drinking and cooking purposes.
In summary, if you would like your city to be smart, we must start from the inside and make each component of the city smarter. This is how the collective city will become smart.