a water literate urban society
Towns and cities across India are today haunted by a common
menace-severe water crisis. Unplanned urbanisation, leading
to a huge hike in demand, has had the inevitable fallout-overuse
of groundwater. Result? Depleted aquifers and rivers. Parched
urban tanks and lakes. Urban water management is in shambles.
And the problem shows no signs of abating. In fact, it threatens
to get worse in the future.
The solution lies in reviving the age-old Indian tradition of
water management. It was built on two principles: one, rainwater
harvesting had primacy over river water or groundwater harvesting;
and community and household management had primacy over state
supply of water. So every household had a role to play in catching
rain. Every drop was harvested.
As the taps dry up, many innovative, farsighted individuals
and groups across the country have begun to explore the potential
of rainwater harvesting. And they are practicing it very successfully.
Find out for yourself.