Yes, we are thankfully experiencing rains in different parts of India now (and if it hasn’t reached you yet, rest assured, it’s on its way). The water is coming down in plenty, but water supply is not always so abundant, especially with the recent draught situation that is hitting so many parts of India, and the world. It’s important to start conserving water now, and with this aim in mind, many countries across the world, including India, have already adopted policies of rainwater harvesting.
Here are some ways in which different countries are saving the precious rainwater.
- China – Water from rainwater harvesting is used for drinking purposes, as well as for domestic use, for livestock and pets, for small irrigation needs and to help replenish the levels of ground water.
- India – Bangalore is leading the rainwater harvesting way in India, as it is mandatory for any home owner who has a sital area of 60ft X 40ft or above, as well as any new constructions that measure more than 30ft X 40ft or more in dimension. The city also has a rainwater harvesting theme park to educate citizens with tips and demos on how to conserve rain water. In Tamil Nadu, it is mandatory for every building to have a rainwater harvesting system, in order to avoid depletion of ground water. The practice led to a 50 percent rise in the level of water in Chennai within five years of implementation. In Pune, it is mandatory for all new housing societies to have a proper rainwater harvesting system, while something similar is being planned for Maharashtra. Rajasthan has practiced rainwater harvesting in its traditional form for years in the Thar desert, and more modern systems are being brought into use in all parts of the state.
- Canada – There are various bylaws in Canada that provide for rainwater harvesting. The same is being practiced by citizens who use it for laundry and lavatory needs, for irrigation, as well as for various industrial and residential uses.
- Brazil – Rooftop rainwater harvesting is quite popular here, especially north-east Brazil, which has one of the largest rooftop rainwater harvesting projects.
- Israel – Rainwater harvesting systems are installed in schools to educate students on how to use the same, and also educate about the importance of saving water.
- Sri Lanka – The rural areas regularly practice rainwater harvesting and the practice is now being spread to other parts of the country as well.
- United Kingdom – The law encourages new home owners to build underground water tanks to collect rain water and use it for various purposes, such as in the washroom, for washing clothes, washing the car, watering plants etc. It has helped bring down the use of main water supply by almost 50 percent.
The water we drink today and use in our everyday life has been around in some or the other form for ages. If we don’t conserve it now, remember, there will hardly be any usable water left for our next generations, which could include your children too!
Together, we can save water, and leave this most precious legacy behind for our little ones. Don’t just talk about the change, be the change, DO the change 🙂
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