No to bore wells
do not need bore wells. By spending a very small fraction of the amount that we would have
otherwise spend on digging a well, we can catch still more water,"says Bheema Bhat
Hardikar, a farmer from Anavatti, Karnataka. He speaks from his three years of experience
in rainwater harvesting that has ensured enough water for the nursery on a part of the 25
guntas of land owned.
Adike Patrika, a local magazine, introduced him with the idea and he decided to
implement it. A 700 feet long storm water drain around the farm has been dug. Ten earthen
bunds are built at a cost of Rs 250, across the storm water drain. An infiltration pit
near the well gets the runoff from the drain. The excess water from the first infiltration
pit flows to the second one and then, back to the drain. He has also constructed small
trenches to divert all the run off from the neighbouring areas to the storm drain. All
these works have yielded good results.
For further information: BBHardikar, Brahmin Street, Anavatti,
Shimoga DT 577413 Karnataka, Tel: 0818 - 467110
By reviving ghagra, a traditional water harvesting structure, in 2000 the people
of Jharbeda village, Sundergarh district, Orissa, has become water sufficient.
Absence of community's interest and destruction of forests and lack of
maintenance, reduced it to a garbage pit. Fortunately, people realised their mistake and
decided to initiate action. With the technical guidance of a local NGO Disha and a meagre
amount of Rs 25,000, stone pitching was done around the pond. A spillway was provided for
diverting the excess runoff. The catchment area of the pond was secured. Another pond on
the upper reaches of ghagra was desilted. All these efforts have regenerated a five km
long stream - watering the downstream fields.
Jal bhai, Jal bahen
people of village Kishorpura, in Meerut district, Uttar Pradesh, found an answer of their
water woes. Janhit Foundation (JF), a local NGO, was the agent behind this change.
Enthusiastic villagers are now joining the JF's army of jal bhai and jal bahen to spread
the message around.
About a year ago the village was parched. The wells were filled with filth. The
existence of the village was threatened. Things took a positive turn, when about nine
villagers', who have earlier encroached ponds' land for farming, willingly moved back and
works began under JF's guidance. With shramdan (voluntary labour) the village pond and a
well were brought back to life. This is just one story with many more ready to surface.