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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Hi,

I was looking for consultants who can review the water facilities, consumption and RWH implementation in our apartment complex and give us some suggestions and best practices. The reason being every time we have a shortage, the community speaks of having another borewell and some of us don't believe that maybe the right solution.

It would be of help to have contacts with whom I could follow up with over e-mail /call .

Thanks,
Megha

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In the times when tapped water supply is considered an absolute sign of development, the traditional water harvesting systems are losing their age-old relevance. This is why the Lakholaav pond in Rajasthan assumes greater significance. Located at Marwar Mundwa town in Nagaur district, Lakholaav is an exception. As ponds in other towns have shrunk due to encroachments and dumping of garbage, Lakholaav is providing drinking water to the town the whole year round. Citizens as well as the municipal committee take utmost care ensuring cleanliness and efficient management.

“According to a folk tale, the pond was developed by Lakha Banjara, a nomad trader whose tribe used to stay put in the area on its way to bigger cities. Since water is not easily available in Rajasthan, nomadic tribes like that of Lakha Banjara used to dig such ponds on their travel routes, which could also be used by the locals,” says Girdhari Singh, who belongs to Mundwa and works with community on traditional water harvesting techniques in Jaisalmer district.

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The third national Groundwater Congress was organized by the Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) at New Delhi on March 22-23, 2011 with the view to bring together administrators, groundwater professionals, representatives from industries, non government organizations and water users to share their knowledge and experiences and to discuss various issues concerning water management.

Deliberations in the Congress organized by the Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) at New Delhi on March 22-23, 2011 focused on various issues viz., Integrated Water Resource Management, Artificial Recharge to Groundwater, Water Use Efficiency, Groundwater Quality and its Regulation.

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Amita Bhaduri provides the details of a consultation organized by the National Water Development Agency, Ministry of Water Resources at CSMRS auditorium, New Delhi on 'Water Conservation Day'

The Union Ministry of Water Resources (MoWR) celebrated “Water Conservation Day" on the 19th of November 2012 to create awareness regarding depleting water resources and underlined its vision and commitment to be an active contributor to the sustainability of this very important natural resource. The field offices of various organizations under the administrative control of the Ministry held discussions, seminars and mass awareness programmes related to water conservation to spread the message on this occasion.

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A National Conference on Women-led Water Management was organised during November 5-6, 2012, in Haryana, India and focused on strategies towards water sustainability in rural India

The Institute of Rural Research and Development (IRRAD) and UNICEF India hosted this  National Conference on Women-led Water Management .

Water has gender dimensions. Women and men derive different benefits from its availability, use and management. Although women literally carry water, they are often left out of the decision making process about community water management. Studies from different parts of the country show that water management programmes are more effective if women are included in decision making.

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This film provides an inspiring example of the efforts made by a community in the Thar desert to revive traditional water harvesting systems and take care of their water needs

Veiled women walk unimaginable distances. Long queues. Dark sun and innumerable pots lined up, yearning to be filled. Hours of wait and half a pot of saline water was all they had.

The Great Indian Desert of Thar is one of the most heavily populated desert areas in the world. About 200 millimeters of average annual rainfall makes it one of the most water-stressed areas in India. And if this was not enough, climate change, in its wake, has brought in staggering questions of survival.

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This article provides the details of how the roof top rainwater harvesting system can be implemented at home

Why rainwater harvesting ?

Harvesting rainwater from roof-tops is an easy and eco-friendly method of augmenting household-level water availability. Roof-top rainwater harvesting (RRH) involves diverting and recharging (or) storing part of the rainwater that falls on the roof of a house. RRH for recharging groundwater is a common practice implemented in individual houses as well as apartment complexes.

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Chicu Lokgariwar from the India Water Portal introduces us to the rainwater harvesting and ecological sanitation evangelist that is zenrainman

Those readers who got the insider joke in the title need no introduction to the rainwater harvesting and ecological sanitation evangelist that is zenrainman.

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Govt of Jharkhand

About the EoI

The Department of drinking water and sanitation, Government of Jharkhand, invites Expression of Interest (Request for Proposal) from single/ joint venture/consortium of organizations for providing consultancy for preparation of the feasibility report, developing master plan and extend implementation support for rainwater harvesting and groundwater recharge for the following districts of Jharkhand:
1. Ranchi
2. East Singhbhum
3. Saraikela- Kharsawan
4. Dhandad
5. Bokaro
6. Palamu
7. Godda
8. Sahibganj
9. Garhwa
10. Pakur

October 29, 2012 12:00AM

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We are a group of companies engaged in the business of cleaning and hygiene. We wish to start the business of rain harvesting. Can you help us in getting us close to the people who are doing good work in this field and want to expand.

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