One Country’s Answer to Growing Water Shortages

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India, out of necessity, has encouraged the construction of rainwater catchment systems throughout the country. This short public service announcement, produced by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) in India, highlights the importance of rainwater harvesting in the region.

With rise of global population, changing seasonal weather patterns, and fluctuating economic conditions, rainwater catchment could prove to be one cutting-edge option to ensure adequate water supplies throughout the world.

People in India have been harvesting rainwater for thousands of years. Presently, many organizations in India are continuing to promote rainwater as a sustainable water supply.

Previously on this web-log, I briefly introduced an organization, Sustainable Innovations, that is developing rainwater harvesting systems for many in need in rural and arid Rajasthan, India.

Another organization spearheading several campaigns relating to rainwater harvesting is the Centre for Science and Environment in India. They host the web-site and publish the magazine, Down to Earth. The director of the institute, Sunita Narain, won the 2005 Stockholm Water Prize for her work with rainwater harvesting in rural areas.

Indeed, India is taking many progressive steps forward regarding water conservation and alternative water supply techniques. So much so, that many throughout the world could do well to follow the lead, including the United States…

2 thoughts on “One Country’s Answer to Growing Water Shortages

  1. There is one more NGO –FORCE, whivh is doing very good job on RAIN WATER HERVASTING in INDIA with a office located at Vasant Vihar, New Delhi.

    I, myself is associated with this NGO and creating the awareness among the people for the neccessicity of R.W.H. This NGO funding 60 to 80 percent of the Project Cost to the non- commercial beneficery.

  2. What is the need of the hour is conservation of water/ harvesting rainwater. The much hyped rooftop harvesting cannot be effective with monsoons only providing the scope. It is the remaining 95% of the land mass where the water goes waste. It furthere needs to be emphasised that the pollution of ground water also needs to addressed in respect pesticides/ fertilsers.

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