Rainwater Harvesting

Rainwater harvesting (RWH) is a simple method by which rainfall is collected for future usage. The collected rainwater may be stored, utilised in different ways or directly used for recharge purposes. With depleting groundwater levels and fluctuating climate conditions, RWH can go a long way to help mitigate these effects. Capturing the rainwater can help recharge local aquifers, reduce urban flooding and most importantly ensure water availability in water-scarce zones. Though the term seems to have picked up greater visibility in the last few years, it was, and is even today, a traditional practice followed in rural India. Some ancient rainwater harvesting methods followed in India include madakas, ahar pynes, surangas, taankas and many more.

This water conservation method can be easily practiced in individual homes, apartments, parks, offices and temples too, across the world. Farmers have recharged their dry borewells, created water banks in drought areas, greened their farms, increased sustainability of their water resources and even created a river. Technical know how for the rooftop RWH with direct storage can be availed for better implementation. RWH An effective method in water scarce times, it is also an easily doable practice. Practical advice is available in books written by Indukanth Ragade & Shree Padre, talks by Anupam Mishra and other easy to follow fun ways

Read our FAQ on Rainwater Harvesting and have many basic questions answered.

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Self reliance in water, a practical manual for city and town dwellers by Indukanth Ragade, describes the what, why and how of the paths towards self-reliance in water.

Self reliance in water: A practical manual for city and town dwellers by Indukanth S. Ragade (The full book is available for download on the India Water Portal.</body></html>

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This manual by the World Health Organisation sheds light on the water safety planning for drinking water systems in the context of small community managed water supply

This manual by the World Health Organisation is applicable to piped schemes, point sources such as hand pumps, protected springs or household rainwater harvesting systems and other sources. Further it provides a step-by-step approach for those charged with dealing with the everyday realities of maintaining a reliable and safe water supply.

The rationale for having water safety plans is explained by answering the following questions:

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This note on the national water law provides an account of why a national water law is necessary

This explanatory note by the Planning Commission on the national water law begins with an account of why a national water law is necessary. It was the recognition of the need for a minimal national consensus on certain basic perceptions, concepts and principles that led to the adoption of the National Water Policy of 1987 and the NWP of 2002. Currently the process of considering further revisions to the National Water Policy is in progress.

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This article by Sumathi Sivam includes a compilation of news from the newsletter Droplets

What are the emerging trends in India’s water sector? The newsletter, Droplets by Everything About Water gives an overview of the current issues in the sector by giving brief description of recent developments in water industry, technologies, products, research, reports etc,.

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This video showcases the successful functioning of rainwater harvesting scheme that has been adopted by the residents of a community in Bangalore

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This report is an outcome of the two day Kerala Environmental Convention organised by the Kerala Paristhiti Aikya Vedi in Trivandrum

This draft report by the Kerala Paristhithi Aikya Vedi is an outcome of the Kerala State Environmental Convention, a two day convention that was organised in Trivandrum, Kerala by calling upon various environmental and social organisations, concerned citizens, experts,  political leaders in the state to discuss the environmental crisis that the state has been facing in recent years.

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Hi,

This is Devyani. I own a plot of land near Lonavala, Maharashtra. We do not have any ground water source or borewell. I would like to implement water harvesting and ground water recharge techniques to enable farming for 12 months - enough to sustain a family of 4. I seek your guidance and support in this regard.

Thanks

Devyani 9920301007

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This is a draft protocol on the monitoring the quality of the drinking water

This document by the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation describes various elements of laboratory management practices that will ensure that the data generated is comparable and scientifically correct and is in a form that can then be used to result in interventions to improve water quality.

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Can we get somebody to help us with harvesting the rainwater that flows into drains in residential layouts to help recharge ground water?

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This article provides references to the preservation of the environment in the Rigveda

आधुनिक विज्ञा के अनुसार सृष्टि के आरम्भ ,में पृथ्वी पर ओज़ोन आवरण नही था. धीरे धीरे जबय्ह आवरण बना तब इस के पश्चात हीपृथ्वी पर जीवन सम्भव हो सका. इस आवरण कोबनाए रखने के लिए वन सम्पदा पेड़ों इत्यादि का सब से महत्व पूर्ण दायित्व है. आश्चर्य होगा कि इस बात को ऋग्वेद में राजा के प्रजा के कर्तव्यों में प्राथमिकता दे कर कैसे बताया है. कृपया स्वयं देखिये.(यह लेख मैंने अंग्रेज़ी मे लिखा था)

Rigveda 2-14 (STAFF FUNCTIONS)

1.Creation of excellent education system to provide the society with self motivated ,creative talent for its all round welfare and progress.

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