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.

Pages

A two day course on Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) was conducted as part of the Saph Pani project, funded by the European Commission, at the Anna University in Chennai between the 11th and 12th of December. The event saw the coming together of experts in the field from across the world – Saph Pani partners from Europe, Australia as well as those from within India. The two day event witnessed a series of interesting presentations and deliberations that ranged from sustainability of MAR structures to impact assessment and not to forget, the Indian experience.

SaphPani Logo

The Saph Pani project aims to improve water resource and supply in water stressed areas in the country, with expert help from scholars in India and abroad. 

Managed Aquifer Recharge

Attachments

Topics

Sub-Categories

Regions

Hello,

We are trying to understand the quality of the water that is being generated in our aprtment complex.

For this we have done one round of testing for the Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) water and Water Treatment Plant (WTP) water.  Looking at the report the association does not have a clue on what the test results mean.

The STP report indicates that it is below the TNPCB discharge limit, so we wanted to know if the water can be used to recharge the rainwater pit or we can only use it to water the plants.

Topics

Sub-Categories

Regions

Query received over email from Shivaji

Hello,

I am from Mumbai. My village is Atpadi in Sangli district, Maharashtra.

We are facing acute water shortage in our village and want to start a water harvesting project for the entire village. Want details on the cost involved and the area needed for this project.

Could you guide me as to which government authority I have to talk about for this project. This project is the aim of my life. Please send the details to my email ID.

Thanks

Topics

Sub-Categories

Regions

The focal theme of the 8th Kerala Environment Congress was Agriculture and Environment. The congress aimed at providing a platform for scientists, researchers, students and members of the community to deliberate on the issues pertaining to the agricultural sector and their impacts on the environment.

The Congress was jointly organised by Centre for Environment and Development (CED), Thiruvananthapuram and the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB), Thiruvananthapuram 

Inauguration of the conference

Around 350 participants including eminent scientists, agricultural experts and students participated in the event. The conference was inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Kerala, Sri. Oommen Chandy. Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister, highlighted that development and environment were linked and that the approach to the cause of agriculture and environment needed to be realistic since the state could not neglect both development and environment. He also pointed out that Kerala was one state having a very high reputation in preserving and protecting the forest cover, which was much  higher than the national average in the state. This was possible due to the will and awareness of the people of Kerala. He emphasised the need for a more realistic approach to deal with issues related to the agriculture and environment.

KEC inauguration

Inaugural speech by the Chief Minister of Kerala

Attachments

Topics

Sub-Categories

Regions

I am constructing a house which has a roof area of 200 Sq. M. I would like to set up a borewell to direct the rain water run off from the roof to recharge groundwater. I am located in Delhi.  Here the first level of water may be reached at about 35 feet depth. Please advice.

Topics

Sub-Categories

Regions

A consultation meeting was held by the India Water Partnership on “Climate change adaptation in water management for food security: Recent developments in India”.

The meeting held on 22nd November, 2012 at the Institute for Human Development, New Delhi was followed by a discussion which included comments and suggestions of the experts and participants. The meeting was chaired by Prof. S R Hashim, President, India Water Partnership who was accompanied by Dr. Akhilesh Gupta, Adviser & Head, Climate Change Programme, Department of Science & Technology, Government of India and Dr.

Attachments

Topics

Sub-Categories

Regions

How do we practice rain water harvesting. Could you send us schematic diagram and guidance in general.

Topics

Sub-Categories

Regions

In this article, Seetha Gopalakrishnan introduces us to the Rain Centre and it activities in Chennai with respect to storm water construction in the city

One of the most conspicuous activities in the preparation for the monsoons in several cities today is dug up roads ! Crores and crores are spent on the construction of storm water drains alongside roads in cities and towns to prevent flooding during the rains. These channels / tunnels, that stretch for several kilometers, winding its way across the city, are expected to channel all the collected water into the nearest water body, say a lake or a river.

Attachments

Topics

Sub-Categories

Regions

We need guidance on setting up rain water harvesting system for bulding with 11 floors, the total area is 10,000 sq ft roof area

Topics

Sub-Categories

Regions

Amit Tiwari, an India Water Portal volunteer, interacts with Anupam Mishra ji during the recent Western Ghats meet at Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra. Included below are some excerpts from their conversation

Anupamji

Amit: Anupam ji, I am confused after reading about the water crisis in India and it looks very complicated.

Attachments

Topics

Sub-Categories

Regions

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - Rainwater Harvesting