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.

  • Our apartment complex in Bengaluru has sloping roof which does not allow us to have a roof top collection of rainwater. All that water comes down and flows on the roads of the complex to the lowest point in our complex before it goes out. Can this water which has traversed the complex on ground leve...
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  • What percentage of impurities to be removed from Bentonite (reports attached here) to make it safe for storage of surface rainwater in an open pond near salt desert of Kutchh. We are planning to put 30 cm thick layer of treated Bentonite over 500 gsm virgin plastic layer below.
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  • I live in a 24-storey tower in Thane city. I am interested to know the feasibility & costing for rooftop rainwater harvesting for our tower. Please provide me the contact of the nearest expert. Anshu 9820238873
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  • India is on the brink of a major water crisis. With drought looming over the southern and western parts of the country, the existing water resources are in peril. Rivers are getting more polluted, their catchments, water-holding and water-harvesting mechanisms are deteriorating and groundwater level...
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  • India, the second largest population in the world, is facing a water crisis with over 600 million people facing acute water shortage, as per a report by Niti Aayog, the government think-tank. India’s water crisis is expected to worsen, threatening the country’s food security as over 80 percent o...
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  • Compiled by Pankaj Kumar S., Resource Person and Ramya Gopalan, Research Associate, 13 December 2006 From Kanishk Negi, Society for Promotion of Wastelands Development (SPWD), Udaipur, RajasthanPosted: 29 September 2006 I work in the western arid zone of India with the Society for Promotio...
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  • Compiled by Pankaj Kumar S., Resource Person; additional research provided by Ramya Gopalan, Research Associate, 22 August 2006 Original Query: Mihir Maitra, India-Canada Environment Facility (ICEF), New Delhi Posted: 26 July 2006 Recent discussions on the Solution Exchange WES-Net community have...
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  • India is undergoing a major transition with changes in rainfall patterns leading to increased frequency of droughts, floods, heat waves amidst fear of a major water crisis in the years to come. Why are these threats increasing? Head of Indian Meteorological Department’s (IMD) Climate Application a...
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  • While India has experienced dynamic growth over the past few years, enormous challenges remain in the water supply and sanitation sector. As a part of the Nation’s vision various national initiatives are currently underway to improve the levels of cleanliness through solid and liquid waste managem...
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  • Droughts are one of the most feared natural calamities in India impacting food production, the economy as well as the morale of millions of farmers in a country where agriculture is the livelihood of 60 percent of the population. This year too, 255 districts of the country have received deficient o...
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  • Sikri is a small village that lies 65 km north-west of Bharatpur on the Alwar road. The village used to depend on a traditional irrigation system that assured water throughout the year. A local saying related to the water availability at Sikri goes thus: Lakh daal le chittri, jay rahoongi Sikri ...
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  • Every time there is a huge flood in India with massive loss of lives and extensive physical damage, there is a hue and cry. Especially, if this takes place in an area not normally prone to such floods. Assam and Bihar, for instance, are regularly laid waste by floods and so, there is not much agitat...
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  • 1) If Agriculture borewell fails, can we restore the water in rainy season to recharge the same borewell. Can a failed borewell be converted into water source borewell to utilise the water in needy days to feed the plants. 2). For three acres of land of plants with agro-forestry method (nearly 4000...
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A million recharge wells for Bangalore

Vishwanath Srikantaiah, popularly known as the 'Rainman', has been in the news recently for his ambitious project to build one million recharge wells in Bengaluru. Given the dire situation we find ourselves in vis-à-vis water, the initiative could not have come at a better time.

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A research paper argues that quick fix solutions to drought management will not work unless they are backed up by proper planning, implementation, monitoring and regulation of water use.

Maharashtra is reeling under drought this year too, with the situation in Marathwada particularly bad. As high as twenty four out of thirty six districts in the state are facing deficient monsoons and about 4,920 villages and 10,506 hamlets are now completely dependent on water tankers for drinking water.

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Centre for Water Resources Development and Management (CWRDM) is organizing the Indian National Groundwater Conference (INGWC-2020) to discuss 'Groundwater Resources Management for Sustainable Development with the Special Emphasis on Coastal and Urban Environment’ at CWRDM, Kozhikode, Kerala, India dur

February 18, 2020 12:00PM - February 20, 2020 12:00PM
February 17, 2020 12:00PM

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I am planning to build a house in a 30 X 40 site in Bangalore. I would like to incorporate a cost effective grey water recycling and rainwater harvesting system. Kindly let me know how do I go about it since I am at the design stage of the project.

Thanks

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A young college graduate shares his experience working with Tata Trusts in Assam on water issues.

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Sir , I have small roof top of 800 sqft (approx), how to recharge my borewell with rainwater? I have no empty space around my house, can I make a passage for rainwater for influx into the borewell directly. Pl suggest me a cost-effective idea.

Thank you
M Jaya Krishna
9848124927
Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh

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A Future Earth Conference

Opening new frontiers in water system diagnostics and innovative solutions to mitigate the 21st-century global water crisis

September 24, 2019 9:00AM - September 27, 2019 6:00PM
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A book documents the enormous range of water harvesting systems still in use in Rajasthan.

The state of Rajasthan has an immense range of ancient and ingenious water harvesting systems, like the famous johads or step wells managed by communities in the arid Thar desert, which receives very low rainfall.

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I have one acre farmland which is slopey in the Aravali Hills. I want to conserve the rainwater using check dams. Request your advice on how to you do it ?

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Dead rat in the water tank collecting rainwater through which water went into open well. We have removed the rat, but can see all its hair might have gotten into the open well, I suppose. Please advise on purifying the well water and cleaning the tank so that I can use it for future.

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