These days, trash seems to be everywhere. Unfortunately, that includes many parts of our rivers, reservoirs, lakes, and seas. With this pollution increasing in the form of tiny plastic bits, picking up a few bottles left on the beach can feel far removed from the massive problem of miniscule plastics floating out at sea.
Due to this widespread problem of water pollution even jeopardizing people’s health, projects reducing the human effort in garbage cleaning in seaways by automated systems are becoming the much-preferred solution.
Take India, for instance, whose government machineries have managed to curb river pollution to an extent over the past years, but continue to extend their efforts to save more of the country’s rivers. The administration and non-governmental organizations have consistently implemented a slew of measures.
A couple of years back, all government departments, citizens, and non-governmental organizations even joined hands for the first time to clean the Godavari, Nasardi, and Waghadi rivers where roughly 20,000 people participated in the drive.
To ensure that river waters were thoroughly cleaned especially along the bathing ghats where several lakhs of devotees take a holy dip and perform rituals, the civic authorities deployed two high-powered motor pumps to clean the waters and remove garbage from the rivers.
The pumps were mounted on a barge floating on the waters with a capacity of jetting out 2,500 gallons of water per minute. Bio-wastes, plastics, and algae were flushed out by the pumps and loaded on the ghats. The piles of garbage were collected manually from the ghats for further disposal. The silt was cleared using high-pressure air compressors.
Apart from clearing the floating material, both the skimmers remained functional in the rivers and used to “stir up” the water near the bathing ghats. The Indian government then highlighted the need for taking steps to prevent polluting their rivers again in the future.