People often wonder how they can contribute to the effort to conserve natural resources and build a better world. This telecom engineer-turned-water conservation expert from Bangalore has proven that if you’re really committed to the cause, all you need is the will to take action.
Like hundreds of others, K.P. Singh, a telecom engineer, came to Bangalore in search of the predictable ‘Good Life’ in the Silicon City. He worked with Wipro for many years, but was never sure if that was the only path he should tread for the rest of his life.
Then he happened to attend the first Bhoomi Conference on ‘Food, Health, and Climate Change’ in 2009 . Listening to Eco-spiritual leader Shri Satish Kumar, and activists like Dr. Vandana Shiva, Shri Devinder Sharma, and others, shook and stirred him, and the talks had a deep and lasting impact on him. K.P., as he is fondly called, says, “Satishji saying that real wealth was not money and material possessions, but good land and forests, clean air and water, and healthy community living made a big impact on me.”
“Of what use is material wealth when gradually the health of the earth and the health of our bodies is being ruined by crises of chemical-ridden food and polluted and insufficient water?” he asks.
It was then that K.P. made course corrections. He quit his job and devoted his time and energy to caring about clean water and air, and safe food. He started with water conservation and rain water harvesting in his own residential community. To learn more, K.P. signed up for the six-week Food and Farming course with Bhoomi College and joined in other activities at Bhoomi as well as other spaces. He continues to involve himself in activism for preserving lakes and other causes.
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After six years of his new quest, today, K.P. exudes a quiet sense of fulfillment as well as enthusiasm. He has been instrumental in securing water self-sufficiency for the residential community he is part of. Today, Rainbow Drive, a 35-acre residential colony off Sarjapur Road, is one of few such colonies to have implemented 100 % rain water harvesting. It certainly is the only one in South India to have an STP plant based on phytorid technology.
It has also been the first to apply to the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board to return the surplus treated water into the ground.
Today, K.P.’s days are full, working to conserve water. He also shares his experience and knowledge with others, and takes responsibility for better governance through initiatives like Swaraj Abhiyan. Many forums in Karnataka and other states call him to share his expertise, particularly in water conservation. A great role model to many, K.P. has shown that with intent and dedication, one can transform one’s life.