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PTI Pune
Updated: 08-12-2018 22:08 IST

An apex body of eateries in Pune in

Maharashtra has asked hotels and restaurants to adopt the

"half filled water glass" initiative to save water and avoid

its wastage.

The Pune Restaurant and Hoteliers Association (PRAHA)

will also be handing out "theme cards" to hotels and

restaurants to spread the word about water conservation in the

state's second largest city, a senior functionary said.

Ganesh Shetty, president, PRAHA, said Pune was facing

water shortage, adding that his eatery, Kalinga in Erandwane

area, had adopted the "half filled water glass" measure as had

several other establishments.

"Earlier, we needed about 1,600 litres of water per

day in our hotel. But since we adopted this measure and

started serving half glass water to our visitors, we managed

to save almost 50 per cent water daily," Shetty told PTI.

He informed that, on an average, about 100 millilitres

of water is wasted per customer per visit.

"With water cuts being implemented in the city, the

water situation is going to be critical in the coming days. I

feel hotels and restaurants can play a big role by saving

water and avoiding wastage," he added.

Shetty said the association is printing "theme cards"

to make visitors aware of the water saving initiative.

"These cards will be distributed among the 800 member

hotels, and also to 3500 hotels in the city which are not the

members of the association. The eateries are expected to keep

the cards on the tables. Reading them, a customer will

understand the rationale behind the initiative," he added.

Shetty said eateries have been told to keep containers

so that in case a customer leaves behind some water in the

glass, it can be poured into the container to be used for

watering plants.

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