Learn about Rainwater Harvesting through this short story of an Indian Village facing a water crisis.
During the monsoons every year, we allow huge amounts of fresh water to run off our roads and pavements into the drains where it mixes with the sewage and heads straight for the rivers & oceans where we dump waste. Did you know that this rain water is enough to see us through the summers?
When the summer months arrive, the rivers usually dry up. And our water needs increase. This puts pressure on other sources of water, like ground water. As a result, our tube wells and bore wells start working overtime. This is why ground water levels are going down across the country. Where earlier water could be found at a depth of 20 feet, now we have to dig as deep as 200 feet.
If we were to collect all the water which rains on our terrace, roads and pavements instead of letting it run into the ditches, we could actually have vast reserves of water. All we need to do this is create rain water tanks to store water. If water tanks and reserves are expensive and difficult to maintain, we could even dig huge pits and make open reservoirs. These reservoirs would not only collect the rain water but also allow it to seep into the ground and raise the ground water level.
This type of water management and storage of rain water is called rainwater harvesting.
To know more about how & why Rainwater Harvesting is carried out, click on the flipbook below and learn about an Indian village’s battle with extreme water scarcity.