Rainwater harvesting- the need of the hour!

Did you know that harvesting rainwater is one of the simplest and affordable ways of ensuring that you leave behind the legacy of a world that is green and where this precious liquid- water is still available in abundance? With the population growing at a phenomenal rate despite constant reminders of the hazards that it might pose for the future human race and the limited availability of both groundwater and surface water, homeowners have to learn to use and recycle this precious natural resource.


Despite the technological advances that mankind has made a vast majority still do not have access to potable drinking water. We are all familiar with the fact that women in some villages have to walk hundreds of kilometers to bring home a few pots of drinking water. However, the fact that, there are areas in the major metros of this country, where families depend on water supplied by tankers once a week, might shock a few of us.

Though rainwater harvesting has been in practice from time immemorial in the form of kunds in the Thar desert, kul and bamboo irrigation methods and temple tanks, the importance of it had dwindled considerably. Traditional rainwater harvesting is still prevalent in rural areas, in surface storage bodies like lakes, ponds and irrigation tanks. temple tanks etc. In urban areas however, due to the shrinking of open spaces, rainwater has to be harvested in order to ensure that the ground water level goes up.

Did you know that harvesting rainwater is one of the simplest and affordable ways of ensuring that you leave behind the legacy of a world that is green and where this precious liquid- water is still available in abundance? Well, if you still haven’t discovered the benefits of rainwater harvesting here is your chance.

According to Mr. Seetharaman, a resident of Annanagar, “my borewell had clear potable water for years. But then as the ground water level started going down. The water level in my well receded as well. But around that time we did not know much about rainwater harvesting. So, most of us who had bore wells made them deeper and those did not have them dug up new ones. This worsened the situation and in the year 2000 I had to buy a tanker of water for the first time in my life of 55 years. However, soon after that there was a lot of pressure from the corporation to have rainwater harvesting done. Ever since we’ve got it done the water level in my well has definitely increased.?

According to Mr. Santosh Sebastian ex- senior marketing manager with Jain’s housing, “we make sure that we provide rain water harvesting and sewerage treatment plants in all the buildings that we construct. However, we make sure that only clean, high quality rainwater is allowed in to the bore well. Secondly, we make a bye pass arrangement in case there is a problem with, either the water quality or with the bore well itself in terms of silting.?

What are the advantages of rainwater harvesting?

According to Ms. Usha Kumar who had it done in her house a couple of years ago, it is not very expensive, but, has a lot of benefits - for instance in my house I have the water from the rooftops get chanellised into the ground and the other water is stored in a tank… Secondly, since I already had a bore well I was saved that expenditure, the other things I needed were- a row of soak pits, which were concealed, below the ground. Thirdly, you do not need to allocate separate space to have rainwater harvesting facilities.

How much does it cost?

Raju who is a plumber by profession, can now be called a rain water harvesting set up expert because of his experience in this area of work says the cost of setting up can vary. This is because it depends on two main factors- the area of the roof and the structures that will be used to harvest rain.

Rainwater harvesting has several advantages:

  • Helps you cut down on your water bills (especially in cities where people have to buy water).
  • Reduces demand on the municipal water supply.
  • Makes efficient use of a valuable resource.
  • Reduces the possibilities of the occurrence of natural calamities such as floods.
  • Reduces soil erosion.
  • Prevents the contamination of ground water.

Thus, rainwater harvesting is the need of the hour. As Ms. Sheila Dixit points out,? Unless we get rainwater harvesting as a movement we do not have a bright future and for that people have to be motivated to make this a habit.” It is not something that we should do to ensure a better tomorrow for our future generation, but it is something we need to do to save the planet and the human race.

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16 Responses to “Rainwater harvesting- the need of the hour!”

  1. 1 shilpa Dec 5th, 2007 at 3:04 am

    hi i wanted RWH done for my house ……..i’m little bit confused to how to go abt it???can u guide me in this matter


  2. 2 Preeti Dec 16th, 2007 at 6:32 am

    The simple techniques of Rain Water Harvesting and ground water recharging be propogated for better acceptance and more articles on the same would have public awareness. The building bye-laws have to incorporate it for all plotted developments.

  3. 3 sneha srivastava Jan 4th, 2008 at 3:21 am

    i liked this article very much it has helped me in my very very important school project . This article may be an awareness to the the people who are suffering from water problems so that they can easily store water.

  4. 4 ravi kumar Sep 16th, 2008 at 11:13 pm


  5. 5 vijay Sep 27th, 2008 at 6:14 am

    very usefull information to the people…. i realised its use… and helped in my project……….

  6. 6 Sibi Sep 27th, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    this article helped me for my college project… an awareness of rain water harvesting should be created among people in order to come out of the water crisis

  7. 7 Amala Oct 10th, 2008 at 12:00 am

    this article helped me in my college project…certainly Rainwater harvesting is the need of the hour.

  8. 8 Gajanan Pai Oct 15th, 2008 at 8:16 pm


    I am planning for rain water harvesting and tap rain water that falls on the terrace and goes down the drainage. But my skeptism is, will it suffice if I have a small storage tank on the ground level ? My terrace is almost 1,300 sq.ft. Please note that in Bangalore it rains 7 to 8 months
    in a year.

  9. 9 Pavan Mahoorker Dec 24th, 2008 at 12:14 am

    i wanted RWH done for my house which I have just started for construction……..i’m little bit confused to how to go abt it???can u guide me in this matter .

    I want to plan before I go ahead & complete the construction of my house.

    -Pavan Mahoorker

  10. 10 arun Jun 11th, 2009 at 3:03 am

    very nice

  11. 11 suresh meghwal Nov 5th, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    very good for future.

  12. 12 vishruth Apr 25th, 2010 at 6:30 am

    i liked this article alot……. it has really helped me in my skul project……and thanks
    to propertybytes for publishin this article..

  13. 13 sindhu May 4th, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    This article has helped me a lot 4 my project.
    Thanks a lot

  14. 14 tania Jun 13th, 2010 at 2:57 am

    This article has helped me a lot in completing my E.V.E project.
    THANKS a LOT! This site is really very informative & it has an excellent future.
    thanks AGAIN!

  15. 15 ABHINAV BHATIA Jul 7th, 2010 at 11:38 pm


  16. 16 Gururaja Rao SV Jul 10th, 2010 at 7:39 am


    I am really happy to know reg.rain water harvesting. I am searching for a house or a plot. Soon after purchasing the house my first job is to install rain water harvesting. This will help us as well as the nation’s prosperity.


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