Jal Kal Varanasi uses ABB India Softstarters to achieve uninterrupted water supply to 60 per cent of the city

  • ABB’s Softstarters technology drastically re­du­ces incidents of leakages, pipe bursting and water hammering by up to 30 per cent
  •  Supports the nation’s Namami Gange prog­ra­mme by enabling effective pumping back of treated water into the river at sewage water treatment plants (STPs)

Varanasi’s water supply body, the Jal Kal De­pa­rt­ment, collaborated with ABB India for its sm­art technology to facilitate smooth and efficient water supply to the city. The city’s pumping station and STPs have been installed with ABB Softstarters for better water management operations. With this technology, ABB enables uninterrupted water supply to 60 per cent of Vara­nasi city. It also enables effective pumping of treated water at the government’s STPs, supporting the nati­on’s Na­ma­mi Gange progra­m­me for Clean Ganga.

Varanasi, the spiritual capital of India, is a historical city with a population of over 1.2 million. Being one of the most visited destinations in India, the city received around 8.9 million vi­sitors in recent years. The growing population and the never-stopping influx of tourists across the year have led to most resources in the city exceeding their usage capacity, especially the holy river Ganga. Hence, the government has un­dertaken several initiatives to combat issues arising out of this situation.

With the residents of Varanasi and millions of tourists visiting this holy city, the increasing demand for water involves multiple supply management challenges. ABB’s technology helps Jal Kal Varanasi, the city’s water supply body, in meeting these challenges and ensuring uninterrupted water supply to users. Leakages and pi­pe­line damages are areas of great concern for water supply bodies. ABB’s smart applicatio­ns make it easier for them to maintain smoo­th, safe and uninterrupted operations.

“For Jal Kal Varanasi, our objective was to enable safe and reliable water supply operations. With smart technology and our state-of-the-art products, we were able to support the Jal Kal team in their endeavour to increase water supply reliability and motor lifespan, and lower maintenance costs. Given the critical challenges faced by the water supply bodies, we are pleased to provide electrification solutions that support our stakeholders in meeting them,” said Kiran Dutt, President, Electrifica­ti­on Business, ABB India.

ABB Softstarters addresses challenges caused by conventional starters

Varanasi’s water pumping station relies on a century-old 250 mld water treatment plant for its water supply.

ABB Softstarters ensures smooth water movement and eliminates pressure surges. This enables the minimisation of leakages and prevents incidents of pipe bursts. ABB’s Softstarters technology has easy applicability with other built-in protections. It also features a display, which makes it easy for users to understand faulty tripping points.

Supporting the Namami Gange programme for Clean Ganga

Varanasi generates about 300 million litres of sewage per day. The Clean Ganga or Namami Gange programme is a massive initiative led by the central government to cleanse the holy river by tapping the major drains flowing into the river and diverting them to STPs. This initiative stops untreated sewage from flowing into the river and thereby prevents it from polluting the river. ABB India’s Softstarters installed at su­ch STPs support the Namami Gange programme by efficiently pumping the treated water from the sewage plants back to the river.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a leading global technology company that energises the transformation of society and industry to achieve a more productive, sustainable future. By connecting software to its electrification, robotics, automation and motion portfolio, ABB pushes the bo­un­daries of technology to drive performance to new levels. With a history of excellence stret­ching back more than 130 years, ABB’s succe­ss is driven by about 105,000 talented em­ploy­ees in over 100 countries.

ABB’s Electrification Business Area is a global leader in electrical products and solutions, operating in more than 100 countries, with over 200 manufacturing sites. Our 55,000+ employees are dedicated to delivering safe, smart, and sustainable electrification. With ABB AbilityTM-enabled digital solutions at its core, our portfolio protects, conn­ec­ts, and optimises the flow of electrical en­ergy, including the integration of renewables and energy storage for smarter electricity distribution for utilities, industry, infrastructure, and transportation.

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