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.

Featured Articles
July 23, 2021 Improper location, poor operation and maintenance of water harvesting and recharge structures threaten water security in Yavatmal
A study assesses the current status of the water harvesting and recharge structures in Yavatmal (Image: India Water Portal Flickr)
July 12, 2021 India Water Portal presents you with some inspiring stories of individuals and organisations in India that have adopted exemplary ways to combat water scarcity through harvesting rainwater.
Catch the rain where it falls (Source: IWP Flickr Photos)
March 22, 2021 Beating odds, women water warriors deepen their work on water
Rural women believe in the power of ‘water continuity’ or having sustained and intergenerational access to water resources (Image: Romit Sen)
February 24, 2021 Baravas, the unique water harvesting structures of Maharashtra continue to stand the test of time. Urgent efforts need to be made to conserve them and learn from them!
A barav from Limb village in Satara district, Maharashtra (Image Source: Aarti Kelkar Khambete)
January 2, 2021 Lack of community ownership and local governance are spelling doom for the once royal and resilient traditional water harvesting structures of Rajasthan.
Toorji Ka Jhalara, Jodhpur (Image Source: Rituja Mitra)
December 29, 2020 Water resources in most Indian cities are overworked and overused, and not adequately replenished.
Cities in India are marked by unequal distribution of water, lack of access, outdated infrastructure and minimal enforcement of rainwater harvesting and other means of supply. (Image: Anish Roy, Pixabay)
Mayadanta Male : Broadcast programs on rainwater harvesting by Chitradurga AIR
Mayadanta Male : Broadcast programs on rainwater harvesting by Chitradurga AIR iwp posted 13 years 11 months ago

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) iwp posted 14 years ago

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 iwp posted 14 years ago

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 iwp posted 14 years ago

Attached is an interesting document from Prof. Prithvi Kandhal about using porous asphalt in parking lots so that rainwater seeps through it and recharges groundwater.

Dr. Kandhal has published many papers and has significant credentials in his areas of expertise. He resides in Jaipur after 35 years of working in the US.

Radio programs on rainwater harvesting
Radio programs on rainwater harvesting iwp posted 14 years 2 months ago

India Water Portal has partnered with VOICES and BIRD-K to produce and broadcast a set of radio programs on rainwater harvesting.The programs are in Kannada and target audience is people of Tumkur district, though the programs can be heard over a much wider reach including Bangalore.

Visit to two villages in Chhattisgarh that have been awarded "Nirmal Gram Puraskar"
Efforts of villagers for total sanitation in Tirathgarh village of Bastar district and Dabena village of Bilaspur district bag "Nirmal Gram Puraskar" to the two villages iwp posted 14 years 2 months ago

Just back from a trip home (Chhattisgarh).