BENGALURU: Two environmentalists have come up with a new method to clean up water bodies in quick time, and will soon use it to clean a lake in the city.
Rajendra Dhawan and Anil Kapoor, from Art of Living NGO, have come up with a method in which they use a concoction, called ecozyme, to treat polluted water. They have tried this method successfully in Ghaziabad, Pune and other places.
Both the Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) and Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) levels of the water were reduced in just two weeks by the treatment. They have now approached the authorities to carry out the same treatment for a lake in K R Puram.
Kapoor said the method has worked well in five ponds in Chennai, and they have now got permission to implement it in 108 more water bodies in and around the city. They claim that currently such ecozymes aren’t manufactured in the country and are only imported.
Dhawan said, “People can also do their bit in every household. They can use a variant of the ecozyme, which is less polluting. They can wash vegetables with it to remove pesticides from them and they can mix it with their shampoos, which also cause contamination of water.”