Closing DateJun 21 2021
Supply, Installation and Commissioning of Internet of Things (IoT) based water quality monitoring system at Sembakkam Lake, Chennai
Request for Proposal
The Nature Conservancy is seeking proposals from vendors for the design, supply, establishment, and annual maintenance of Internet of Things (IoT) based water quality monitoring system at Sembakkam lake, Chennai.
B. BACKGROUND :
The Nature Conservancy is a global environmental nonprofit working to create a world where people and nature can thrive. Founded in the U.S. through grassroots action in 1951, The Nature Conservancy has grown to become one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world. Thanks to more than a million members and the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff and over 400 scientists, we impact conservation in 72 countries and territories: 38 by direct conservation impact and 34 through partners. Our mission is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.
The Nature conservancy along with its partner organisations Care Earth Trust and Indian Institute of Technology - Madras are working towards restoration of urban wetlands. Together we are working on the restoration of the 100-acre Sembakkam Lake using Nature Based Solutions (NBS). This will act as a demonstration pilot showcasing holistic and science-based wetland restoration methods. The pilot project aims to improve the storage capacity and water quality of the lake, creating an ecologically designed recreational space and improved biodiversity habitat for the native flora and fauna. With the technical expertise provided by FINISH consortia (a consortium of FINISH Society, Indian Leather Institute Foundation and the Solutions centre), we are setting up a nature-based wastewater treatment system at the lake to treat the wastewater entering the lake. Our target is to treat the wastewater and improve the water quality of the lake to Category D of the surface water quality standards prescribed by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) for propagation of wildlife and fisheries. Through these efforts, the project aims to impact revival of water bodies, restoration of biodiversity habitats and enhance quality of life of the people by demonstrating a replicable model for restoration of wetlands.
Through the course of this project, we are engaging with other key stakeholders in the city including various local and state government bodies, private sector, academia, and NGOs to impact wetland conservation efforts at scale. The technical wing of IBM service corps is supporting the development of the water quality monitoring design using Internet of Things (IoT)-based technology. Based on the learnings from our work at this lake, we plan to develop recommendations and guidelines for sustainable and scientific methods for wetland restoration and long-term monitoring for sustainable outcomes.
C. EXPECTED OUTCOMES FOR THE WATER QUALITY MONITORING
In view of long-term monitoring and to perform adaptive management of the restoration approach at Sembakkam lake, we propose to monitor the restoration outcomes on a regular basis post restoration. Water quality is one of the key health indicators of the lake. We plan to monitor the water quality parameters using IOT based systems. This approach enables for ease of access and demonstration of advanced technologies for lake monitoring.
We intend to monitor selective water quality parameters that represents lake health and indicate the working efficiency of the wastewater treatment system installed at the lake. The water quality parameters that we propose to monitor are pH, temperature, electrical conductivity, total dissolved solids, turbidity, dissolved oxygen, and free ammonia. The system should be set up in such a way the lake water quality is regularly monitored by the project proponents (TNC and its partner organisations) and in the later stage made public to other stakeholders such as Public Works Department ( PWD), community and academia. The online monitoring is expected to provide alerts/ red flags on dashboard application if the water quality of the lake goes beyond the acceptable limits of CPCB surface water quality standards (for Category D for wildlife and fisheries propagation). Hence the monitoring system is expected to have in place the required devices and mechanisms for triggering alerts to stakeholders, if there is any deviation observed beyond the desired water quality limits.
The scope of work for the vendors shall consist the following.
F. DOCUMENTS FOR SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS
For any technical queries please email:
Sagar Mysorekar: email@example.com
Nisha Priya Mani : firstname.lastname@example.org
CONTACT & TIMELINES FOR SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS
Technical and Financial proposals to be submitted in two separate documents and sent by email to the following email address: indiafinance@TNC.ORG
For detailed information, please check the complete version of the RFP attached below.