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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"Bringing Home rain" : A film on rainwater harvesting in Kannada and Tamil Posted on 11 Jan, 2008 05:59 AM

 

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Map showing areas of Bangalore where rainwater harvesting is practised
Map showing areas of Bangalore where rainwater harvesting is practised
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Mayadanta Male : Broadcast programs on rainwater harvesting by Chitradurga AIR
Mayadanta Male : Broadcast programs on rainwater harvesting by Chitradurga AIR Posted on 23 Oct, 2007 08:51 PM

In July 2007 India Water Portal collaborated with Chitradurga All India Radio (AIR) station (FM 102.6MHz) to produce and broadcast programs related to rainwater harvesting and ground water management. This activity was part of the 'offline' dissemination program of the Water Portal , i.e. creating awareness related to water issues through different offline media. We feel that the program series is a success and would like to reproduce the experience on a larger scale. The series -- named Mayadanta Male (literal , Magical Rain) involves 15 programs of 30 minutes duration each.

Himalaya Seva Sangh newsletter (English/Hindi)
Himalaya Seva Sangh newsletter (English/Hindi) Posted on 13 Sep, 2007 10:48 PM

Newsletter of the Himalaya Seva Sangh, which is produced in both Hindi and English. Himalaya Seva Sangh is an NGO working in Uttarakhand.

The contents include :

Statement on groundwater from SANDRP
Statement on groundwater from SANDRP Posted on 12 Sep, 2007 07:34 AM

Groundwater - India's Water Lifeline needs urgent intervention

Govt is non serious about the crisis

Groundwater recharge from parking lots by Prof. Prithvi Singh Kandhal
The document is about using porous asphalt in parking lots for harvesting rainwater Posted on 12 Sep, 2007 01:21 AM

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Radio programs on rainwater harvesting
Radio programs on rainwater harvesting
Posted on 10 Jul, 2007 09:10 PM

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