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.

  • Can I use failed borewell hole for rainwater harvesting which is at 110ft, at my home?
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  • Chikkaballapur is a district in the state of Karnataka, just north of the capital Bengaluru. A peri-urban area that was once an agricultural centre for this region, today Chikkaballapur is facing a unique problem.  Decreasing rainfall has meant increasing periods of drought for this area, wh...
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  • Nirmala Sitharaman, Finance Minister alluded to gaon, garib and kisan as the centre of all policies of this government, while announcing a clutch of schemes aimed at the rural and urban poor. Her budget speech last week reiterated the government's commitment to ensuring piped water supply to al...
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  • Government cuts budget for Jal Shakti Ministry by 9.4 percent; increases funds for rural drinking water mission  In the 2019 Budget, the Centre reduced the allocation for the water ministry from Rs 8,860 crore in 2018-19 to Rs 8,245 crore for the Department of Water Resources, River Devel...
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  • India not a water defict country. Neglect and lack of monitoring behind country's water scarcity: CWC As per the report, Reassessment of water availability in India using space inputs, by the Central Water Commission (CWC) with technical support of the National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), Hyderab...
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  • What will be the recharge rate of a borewell of 150 mm and 300 mm diameter, respectively in the district of Patiala, Punjab for the purpose of rainwater harvesting. The borewell ends about 15 meter before the first aquifer and hence sends the water into a layer of sand. The borewell will have perfor...
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  • Centre launches Jal Shakti Abhiyan To tackle the water crisis looming the country, the Centre launched the Jal Shakti Abhiyan, a water conservation campaign focussing on 1,592 stressed blocks in 256 districts across the country. The Jal Shakti Abhiyan will focus on five key aspects - water cons...
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  • India is witnessing the second driest pre-monsoon season in the last 65 years. As the country eagerly eyes the monsoon clouds, the delay so far has now widened the rain deficit to 43%. The situation is particularly grim in the north-western region of Gujarat and Maharashtra and the southern states o...
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  • High Court raps Tamil Nadu government over water crisis in Chennai Taking note of the severe water crisis looming in the state, the Madras High Court has come down strongly on the Tamil Nadu government for not taking adequate steps to battle the crisis. The court has now sought a state-wide compreh...
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  • Monsoon makes slowest progress across India in 12 years (source: Times of India) Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) records show that this year's monsoon has so far been the slowest progressing monsoon in the past 12 years. The monsoon has currently reached just about 10 to 15% of the c...
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  • Sir, I'm looking at rainwater direct injecting to borewell after filtration of rainwater through filters and recharge pit Details as follows: Roof Area: 2200 SqFt Bore Depth: 210 Ft Casing Pipe: 20 Ft Submersible Pump Placed at : 175Ft Water 1st Source: 40Ft (Dry as of now) Water 2nd Soure: 1...
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  • Government to launch rural piped water scheme Taking note that more than 80 percent rural households in the country are yet to get piped water supply, the government plans to launch a new mission to ensure water from the tap for each house in villages in the next five years. Union Jal Shakti minist...
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  • We have 30 acres of land along with a borewell thats about 620 ft deep. Over the past year water level has reduced by 40 ft. I would like to make a recharge pit or any other solution to harvest rainwater and recharge my bore. We are situated in Patan, Gujarat. Looking for help, or a consultant and a...
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  • INTRODUCTION On 30th May, the new government took oath to serve the nation. The celebrations on that scorching summer evening at Rashtrapati Bhavan echoed hollow with more than 500 million people vulnerable to severe drought in the country. India is currently going through an extended dry spell wit...
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  • I want to install a water harvesting plant at my home. I live in Jaipur, Rajasthan. How can I apply for subsidy for making the plant. My email id is pankil1986@rediffmail.com
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  • Ours is 40 houses apartment in Mysore city. We plan to have recharge pits (3 to 4). We believe this is cheaper compared to standard water harvesting. How can we go ahead?
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  • Jal Shakti ministry formed by merging water ministry and drinking water ministry The government has launched the new Jal Shakti ministry by merging the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation and Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation. Gajendra Singh Shekhawat has b...
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  • I am interested in rainwater recharging to ground, how do I find appropriate people and equipment for work?
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  • Hello, We are a housing society in Mumbai. We have obtained permission for borewell and drilled the borewell and have dug the ringwell pit around the borewell. So this will be for borewell recharge. We have dug another ringwell, this will be for groundwater recharge. We want to know if any permissi...
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  • Does government provide any subsidy for rainwater harvesting pits, in agricultural land?
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New report documents India’s rich traditions of water harvesting and sustainable use.

A recent report by Shailendra Yashwant for Oxfam India looks at India’s ingenious ways of harvesting, storing and distributing water from the Kuhls in Himachal Pradesh that channel water from Himalayan glaciers, and the Dongs of Assam to the Aghers in Arunachal Pradesh, the Pynes of Bihar.

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Making false doomsday claims of a water crisis could support problematic mega solutions, which could lead to more problems.

The last few months have seen much debate and discussion on the fast approaching Day Zero, with claims that taps in 21 major Indian cities will dry up. People in Chennai were compelled to queue up to collect water from tankers this past June. Last year’s NITI Aayog’s report set off alarm bells that most of India’s major cities were likely to face an acute, unprecedented water shortage.

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People come together to dig community ponds in Dungarpur, to fight water scarcity.

While most parts of the country are facing a water crisis, here’s a case from the arid state of Rajasthan, where decentralized initiatives are solving water issues. Dungarpur in southern Rajasthan has exemplified how community participation with local level planning processes are working towards improving rainwater harvesting and recharge of groundwater.

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Team Malhar, students of Water Policy and Governance (WPG) and alumni of Tata Institute of Social Science, Mumbai in partnership with RRA Network proudly present the third annual session of "WATER TALK SERIES" on 7th September, 2019 at TISS, Mumbai

September 7, 2019 9:30AM - September 7, 2019 5:30PM
September 6, 2019 12:30PM

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We are constructing a residential building project  in Burdwan, West Bengal. So, we want to install a rainwater harvesting system and recharge pit. To whom shall we contact regarding this.

 

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During the monsoon, temple tanks in Chennai fill to the brim with water, helping in groundwater recharge.

Besides showcasing the architectural expertise and aesthetics of their time, temple tanks also play an extremely important role as water storage systems in Chennai. Chennai has 39 temple tanks (excluding the suburban area) according to a study conducted in 2008.  As the rains arrived, a few temple tanks in the city were filled to the brim with water, thus helping in groundwater recharge while offering a spectacular view for devotees.

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The only place for building rainwater harvesting structure within an apartment site is the stilt parking area with a 10 ft roof.  

Are there restrictions in building RWH structure of 3ft dia width and 10ft deep within the apartment stilt parking area in Chennai? With this type of recharge pit, we are apprehensive about whether all this water underground will affect pillars or the foundations of the construction? We do not have any other open area outside to build this recharge pit.

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Policy matters this week

Government to 3D map aquifers in all villages

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Chennai residents take matters into their hands in a novel initiative

Chennai had a severely deficient monsoon in 2018 with 40% less rain than normal. Since then, the city has been bracing itself for a water crisis. But clearly not enough had been done and the severe water scarcity this summer has been a wake-up call for people, highlighting the urgency of finding ways to use their water resources better.

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