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

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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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Policy matters this week

Jal Shakti ministry formed by merging water ministry and drinking water ministry

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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 permission from BMC is required for ringwell. Since, ringwells are ready, can we apply to BMC for confirmation or there is no need? Can BMC take any steps against managing committee for these ringwells? Please guide, our intention is good but we don't want hassles.

Thanks Rajesh

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Does government provide any subsidy for rainwater harvesting pits, in agricultural land?

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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 level be used to recharge the borewell directly using just layers of differently sized gravel and sand or more sophisticated filtering will be required to remove cleaning chemicals and fertilisers (used in gardens) before it can recharge the borewell ?

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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 facing a major water crisis and a number of water sector challenges remain unaddressed even today.

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 levels are depleting at an alarming rate.

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Civil society activists champion alternatives to conventional water management solutions implemented by the government.

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 of our water is used in agriculture. Twenty-one cities are likely to run out of groundwater by 2020, despite increasing demand, as per the report.

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