Rain Water Harvesting

Objectives of the Practice:

i. To overcome the inadequacy of surface water to meet our demands.

ii. To arrest decline in ground water levels.

iii. To enhance availability of ground water at specific place and time and utilize rain water for sustainable development.

iv. To increase infiltration of rain water in the subsoil this has decreased drastically in urban areas due to paving of open area.

v. To improve ground water quality by dilution.

vi. To increase agriculture production.

vii. To improve ecology of the area by increase in vegetation cover etc.

The Context:

Water is an important natural resource and is the very basis of our life. We use water for drinking, irrigation, industry, transport and for the production of hydroelectricity. Water is a cyclic resource that can be used again and again after cleaning. The best way to conserve water is its judicious use.

Rain water harvesting is a technique of collection and storage of rainwater into natural reservoirs or tanks, or the infiltration of surface water into sub surface aquifers. Rain water harvesting is one of the most effective methods of water management and water conservation. It is the term used to indicate the collection and storage of rain water used for human, animals and plant needs. It involves collection and storage of rain water at surface or in sub-surface aquifer, before it is lost as surface run off. The augmented resource can be harvested in the time of need. Artificial recharge to ground water is a process by which the ground water reservoir is augmented at a rate exceeding that under natural conditions of replenishment.

The Practice:

The collected water is stored and pumped in a separate pipe distribution.

Evidence of Success:

This is a very useful method for a developing country like India in reducing the cost and the demand of treated water and also economizing the treatment plants operation, maintenance and distribution costs.