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To save water, Pune restaurants adopt ‘half-glass water’ measure

In a bid to conserve water, many restaurants in the city of Pune have started serving half-filled glass of water to the customers. Also, they would not fill up the glasses, until asked for.

The initiative has been taken by the Pune Restaurants and Hoteliers Association (PRAHA) to save water from wastage. The move came in the wake of water scarcity in the city earlier this year, and with the winter season set to begin, the Pune Municipal Corporation has announced 10 percent cuts in supply for citizens.

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. He continued that, “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.”

In addition to ‘Half-Filled Glass’ initiative, PRAHA will be handing out theme cards to several hotels and restaurants to spread awareness on water scarcity and measures to save water.

So far, 800 members hotels and 3,500 other hotels in the city have been covered under the initiative; one restaurant claims to save 50 percent of its daily consumption of 1,600 litres of water.

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