Water Harvesting and Sustainable
Supply in India
A to Z of water
Rawat Publications, Jaipur,2003,
pp 239, Rs 625
All you want to know about water and water harvesting is now available in just ONE book
written by Dr RNAthavale, an Emeritus Scientist with the Council of Scientific and
Industrial Research. Here, he shares his 40 years of research experience in water
harvesting with the reader.
The 16 chapters contains wealth of information on isotope hydrology, natural and
artificial recharge of aquifers and sustainable supply of potable water.
The manuscript begins by providing a comprehensive insight into the need and potential
of rainwater harvesting in dealing with the problem of scarcity and pollution. There is
hardly any related technique or structure that does not find space in this book. The
essential role played by the local communities has been signified. Chapters on artificial
recharge and innovative techniques are absorbing.
Fascinating facts, figures and maps strengthen the arguments. The field experiences
presented from countrys different eco-regions not only highlight the effective
applicability of innumerable techniques but also makes it simple for a layperson to grasp
the entire concept.
The exquisite book cover adorns the rock-cut water harvesting structure at the Buddhist
stupa built by King Ashoka at Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh. This is a book for the individuals
and institutions interested or working on water related issues.
To find a way out of water scarcity, explore the Centre for Science and
Environments (CSE) rainwaterharvesting website. It encompasses the
organisations extensive research on water over the years.
The neatly designed site offers plenty for both the layperson as well as the expert.
The potential of water as a source of crisis and conflict is first dwelt upon. Solutions
are then offered to solve water scarcity both in urban and rural areas. The site stresses
that rainwater harvesting is the best and optimal solution, especially in India with its
copious but brief monsoons. The site also provide ideas for those keen on trying this
technique in their homes, offices or village communities. Those who find the task too
daunting can seek inspiration from the deeds of the jal yodhas (water warriors). Surf your
way out of water crisis.
Wessex Institute of Technology, UK
and University of Cadiz, Spain, are organising Water Pollution 2003 on June 18-20 in
Cadiz, Spain. This is the seventh international conference in the series on modelling,
measuring and prediction of water quality. Experienced researchers, scientists, engineers
and managers are invited to delibrate and exchange information to solve this menace. Call
for papers is on. (http://www.wessex.ac.uk/conferences/2003)