SANAND, India — The entire Sanand project team at Ford India, along with suppliers, got together to celebrate World Water Day at the plant site with a number of activities and awareness campaigns. Much of the 5,000-strong workforce actively participated in the events and supported Ford’s commitment to reuse, recycle and conserve water.
The Ford India Environment team, lead by Ford plant environmental control engineer V.Dhanasekar conducted an awareness drive among all workers at the site on water conservation. The plan was cascaded to all EHS coordinators so that it reached every individual employee.
Posters were displayed prominently around the plant, highlighting how water must be conserved and recycled.
A competition on ‘Ideas to Conserve Water’ saw enthusiastic participation with over 1,000 entries received from Ford team members and employees from contractors like Kajima, Larsen & Toubro (L&T), Shapoorji Pallonji & Co. Ltd (SPCL), Vijay Nirman Company (VNC), Durr and Voltas. “We were surprised at the response from the larger team of contractor employees who came up with many practical suggestions and shared their concerns on how we can prevent water wastage,” said Dhanasekar.
From the entries, 25 were recognized at a small ceremony where plant manufacturing director Kel Kearns, general managers Eduardo Pessina and T. Vasu along with other senior managers handed out awards.
“This is a large and technologically advanced plant and we are committed to making it one of the most environmentally friendly ones too. I’m glad to see that so many of us realize the preciousness of water and are working towards recycling, reusing and conserving it in the best way we can at Sanand,” said Kearns.
At the under-construction Sanand plant, the focus is already on becoming a zero waste water discharge site, with 100 percent of the wastewater generated to be treated on-site and re-used in the process and for irrigation of green spaces at the site.
A film show on water conservation was also shown at the event. Other guests included project managers S.K. Basu - L&T, Ram Roy Chowdhury and B.Gangavathi from SPCL and Sivaram K.R from VNC.
The Sanand plant leadership attend an awareness campaign on World Water Day