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  • 1. National Seminar on Rainwater Harvesting and Water Management 11-12 Nov. 2006, Nagpur STATE OF THE ART LECTURE 1. Rain Water Harvesting, Conservation and Management Strategies for Urban and Rural Sectors * Dr. R. K. Sivanappan1. Introduction Nabateans and other people of the Middle east. Water is essential for all life and used in many While the early water harvesting techniques useddifferent ways, It is also a part of the larger natural materials, 20th century technology has madeecosystem in which the reproduction of the bio it possible to use artificial means for increasing runoffdiversity depends. Fresh water scarcity is not limited from the arid climate regions only, but in areas with Evenari and his colleagues of Israel havegood supply the access of safe water is becoming described water harvesting system in the Negvecritical problem. Lack of water is caused by low desert. The system involved clearing hill sides towater storage capacity, low infiltration, larger inter smooth the soil and increase runoff and then buildingannual and annual fluctuations of precipitation (due contour ditches to collect the water and carry it toto monsoonic rains) and high evaporation demand. low lying fields where the water was used to irrigate The term water harvesting was probably used crops. By the time of the Roman Empire, these runofffirst by Geddes of the University of Sydney. He farms had evolved into relatively sophisticateddefined as the collection and storage of any form of systems.water either runoff or creek flow for irrigation use. The next significant development was theMeyer’s of USDA, USA has defined it as the construction of roaded catchments as described bypractice of collecting water from an area treated to the public works Department of Western Australiaincrease runoff from rainfall. Recently Currier ,USA in 1956. They are so called because the soil is gradedhas defined it as the process of collecting natural into ditches. These ditches convey the collectedprecipitation from prepared watershed for beneficial water to a storage reservoir. Lauritzan, USA hasuse. Now a days water harvesting has become a done pioneering work in evaluating plastic andgeneral term for collecting and storing runoff water artificial rubber membranes for the construction ofor creek flow ,resulting from rain in soil profile and catchments and reservoirs during 1950’s. Inreservoirs both over surface /under surface. 1959,Mayer of water conservation laboratory, USAPreviously this was used for arid and semi arid areas, began to investigate materials that caused soil tobut recently their use has been extended to sub humid become hydrophobic or water repellent. Thenand humid regions too. In India water harvesting gradually expanded to include sprayable asphaltmeans utilizing the erratic monsoon rain for raising compounds, plastic and metal films bounded to thegood crops in dry tracks and conserve the excess soil compaction and dispersion and asphalt fiber glassrunoff water for drinking and for recharging membranes. Early 1960, research programmes inpurposes. water harvesting were also initiated in Israel by Hillal and at the University of Arizana by Gluff. Hillal’s2. History of Rain Water Harvesting work related primarily to soil smoothing and runoff Water harvesting like many techniques in use farming. Cluff has done a considerable amount oftoday is not new. It is practiced as early as 4500 work on the use of soil sealing with sodium salt andB.C. by the people of Ur and also latest by the on ground covered with plastic membranes. * International Consultant in Water Resources & Irrigation, No:14, Bharathi park, 4th Cross Road, Coimbatore 641 043 1
  • 2. Water harvesting was practiced more than These rainwater are used for all labs, which require1000 years back in South India, by way of pure and good quality of water. In the same wayconstruction of irrigation tank, ooranis, temple tanks, the rainwater falling on the terrace in all the buildingfarm ponds etc, but the research in India on this constructed subsequently are collected and storedsubject is of recent one. Work is taken up at in the underground masonry tanks Even the surfaceICRISAT, Hyderabad, Central arid Zone Research water flowing in the Nalla’s in the campus are alsoInstitute, Jodhpur, Central Research Institute for diverted by providing obstructions, to the open wellsdryland Agriculture (CRIDA), Hyderabad, State to recharge ground water.Agricultural Universities and other dry land research Hence Rainwater harvesting is as old ascenters throughout India. civilization and practiced continuously in different In Pakistan, in the mountainous and dry ways for different purposes in the world The onlyprovince of Balukhistan, bunds are constructed thing is that it has not been done systematically in allacross the slopes to force the runoff to infiltrate. In places. Need has come to harvest the rainwaterChina, with its vast population is actively promoting including roof water to solve the water problemsrain and stream water harvesting. One very old but everywhere not only in the arid but also in the humidstill common flood diversion technique is called region.‘Warping’ (harvesting water as well as sediment). When water harvesting technique are used 3. Need for Rain Water Harvestingfor runoff farming, the storage reservoir will be soil Water is a becoming a scarce commodity anditself, but when the water is to be used for livestock, it is considered as a liquid gold in this part of thesupplementary irrigation or human consumption, a country (especially in Coimbatore, Erode, Salemstorage facility of some kind will have to be Districts of Tamil Nadu). The demand of water isproduced. In countries where land is abundant, water also increasing day by day not only for Agriculture,harvesting involves; harvesting or reaping the entire but also for household and Industrial purposes. It israinwater, store it and utilize it for various purposes. estimated that water need for drinking and otherIn India, it is not possible to use the land area only to municipal uses will be increased from 3.3 MHm toharvest water and hence water harvesting means 7.00 MHm in 2020/25. Similarly the demand of wateruse the rain water at the place where it falls to the for industries will be increased by 4 fold i.e. frommaximum and the excess water is collected and 3.0 MHm ti 12.00 MHm during this period At theagain reused in the same area. Therefore the same time more area should be brought undermeaning of water harvesting is different in different irrigation to feed the escalating population of thearea/ countries. The methods explained above are country, which also needs more water. But we areused for both agriculture and to increase the ground not going to get one litre more water than we get atwater availability. present though the demand is alarming. The water harvesting for household and for The perennial rivers are becoming dry andrecharging purposes are also in existence for long ground water table is depleting in most of the areas.years in the world. During rainy days, the people in In Coimbatore, the depletion is about 30-50m in thethe villages used to collect the roof water in the last 30-40 years. Country is facing floods and droughtvessels and use the same for household purposes in the same year in many states. This is because, noincluding drinking. In South East Asian countries concrete action was taken to conserve, harvest andpeople used to collect the roof water ( thatched roof manage the rain water providing gutters) by placing 4 big earthern drums The rainfall is abundant in the world and alsoin 4 corners of their houses. They use this water for in India. But it is not evenly distributed in all places.all household purposes and if it is exhausted only India being the monsoonic country, the rain falls onlythey will go for well water. The main building of the for 3 to 4 months in a year with high intensity, whichAgricultural College at Coimbatore was constructed results more runoff and soil erosion. Total rain occurs100 years ago and they have collected all the roof only in about 100 hours out of 8760 hours in a year.water by pipes and stored in a big under ground It also erratic and fails once in 3 or 4 years. This ismasonry storage tanks by the sides of the building. very common in many parts of the country. 2
  • 3. The availability of water in the world, in India hard rock in Tamil Nadu. Further the porosity of theand in Tamil Nadu is given below with rainfall. rock is only about 3%. The natural recharge of rainwater in this region is only about 8 -12%, which Places Rainfall Population Availability of is very minimal. Therefore there is an urgent need in mm Water/Person/Yr to take up the artificial recharge of the rain for which M 3 /P/Year water harvesting and water conservation structures World 840 6 Billion 700 are to be build up in large scale. The rainfall in coastal area is more than 1200 mm (Chennai) still; drinking India 1150 1.0 Billion 2200 water is a problem in almost every year. This is Tamil Nadu 925 62.5 Million 750 because the entire rainwater is collected in masonry drains (from houses, streets/roads etc) are taken to If the availability of water is 1700 M3/p/y, the sea instead of taking into the ground waterthere will be occasional water stress, and if it is less aquifers or in surface reservoirs by pumping if needthan 1000 M3/p/y, it is under water scarcity condition. be. The ground water available can be used duringThough India is not under water stress conditions summer and make the aquifer empty so that thebut Tamil Nadu state is already under water scarcity rainwater can be put into the aquifers during rainycondition, but there is no need for panic since it is period by suitable water harvesting measures.possible to manage this condition as in the case of All the above details indicate the need forIsrael where the availability is only about 450 M3/p/ water harvesting measures in urban and rural areay, by means of water harvesting, water conservation for the use of Agriculture, drinking and otherand water management. purposes. Water scarcity / stress is not limited to thearid regions; only but also occurring in high rainfall 4. Methods of Water Harvesting in Rural andareas also. Chirapunji gets more than 11,000mm of Urban Areasaverage annual rainfall but face drinking water There are different / various system of waterproblem before monsoon commences whereas in harvesting depending upon the source of waterRalegoan Siddhi, in Maharastra there is no water supply and places as classified below.scarcity problem though the annual average rainfall a) In situ Rainwater harvestingis only about 450mm. Hence to mitigate water • Bunding and terracing.problem / drought etc, there is an urgent need to • Vegetative / stone contour barriers.follow our ancestral way of water harvesting and • Contour trenching.the latest technologies adopted in Soil and waterconservation measures on watershed basis including • Contour stone walls.roof water harvesting etc which are described in • Contour farming.detail below. • Micro catchments. The Theme paper on Water vision 2050 of • Tie ridging methodsIndia, prepared by Indian Water Resources • Farm ponds.Society(IWRS) has indicated that a storage of 60 b) Direct surface runoff harvestingMHm is necessary to meet tbne demand of water • Roof water collectionfor irrigation, drinking and other purposes. But the • Dug out ponds / storage tankspresent live storage of all reservoirs put together is • Tankasequivalent of about 17.5 MHm which is less than10% of the annual flow in the rivers in the country. • KundisThe projects under contruction (7.5 MHm) and those • Ooraniscontemplated (13 MHm) are added, it comes only • Temple tanks37.50 MHm and hence we have to go a long way in • Diversion bundswater harvesting to build up storage structures in • Water spreadingorder to store about 60 MHm. c) Stream flow / runoff harvesting More than 75% of the areas comes under • Nalla bunding 3
  • 4. • Gully control structures municipalities / corporation without any difficulty to • Check dams – Temporary some extent. Permanent To sum up the following types of Water • Silt detension tanks Harvesting System for different uses can be • Percolation ponds implemented in different parts of the country.d) Sub surface flow harvesting • Sub surface dams No. Region Types of Water Use • Diaphragm damse) Micro catchment’s / watershed 1 Arid Artificial catchments Drinking • Inter terrace / inter plot water harvesting plains to capture rainfall (tankas or kundis in • Conservation bench terrace Rajasthan)f) Runoff inducement by surface treatment • Roaded catchments Tanks or talabs in Drinking • Use of cover materials – Aluminum foils, Rajasthan to capture and Plastic sheet, bentonite, Rubber, etc surface runoff irrigation • Using chemicals for water proofing, water repellent etc. to get more run off water. Embankments / Irrigation obstructions across water & also A comprehensive watershed development on drainage / Nalla to for rechargingwatershed basisincluding water harvesting structures capture surface runoffare given in the figure 1. 2 Semi Tanks / Ponds/Eri to Irrigation Arid capture surface runoff water and5. Plan of Action for Rainwater Harvesting places and also chains of drinking water As stated early, rainwater harvesting is as old tanks called cascade. throughas civilization and is practiced in many countries recharge ofincluding India from time immemorable. But ground watergovernment and people remember this only whenwater is not available even for drinking purposes. 3. Flood Mud embankment IrrigationThere is no use of spending huge sum of money plains which may be water and breached during the drinking waterwhen we notice the water scarcity for drinking, floods. throughindustry and agriculture. These activities / structure rechargingshould be taken / constructed before the rainy season ground waterso that the rain water which goes as runoff outsidethe sub watershed / city limits can be collected and 4 Hill and Diverted stream flows Irrigationused directly or by recharging into the ground. Mountain Jammu, M.P., waterGovernment is undertaking the wasteland / region Maharastrawatershed development programs, but not done in acomprehensive / integrated manner / holistic 6. Case Study In Water Harvestingsaturating the watershed in all water harvesting There are numerous case studies available inmeasures. Hence there is a need to take up water harvesting both in Rural and Urban sectors.watershed development programmes – mainly water In Rural areas it is Soil and Water conservationharvesting measures in a scientific and systematic measures taken on watershed basis to conserve andmanner. augment ground water. In the urban sector, it is The government of Tamil Nadu has laid mostly roof water harvesting for direct use andcondition that in any building construction, water recharging the ground water and also collecting ofharvesting work should be included and executed, surface runoff from pavements / roads andbut in practice, it is not perfect. The authorities recharging it into the ground through recharge pitsconcerned should monitor the programme so that or using abandoned / existing wells. The followingthe drinking water problem can be solved in all are the places where rain water / roof water 4
  • 5. harvesting has been implemented in a successful the rain water harvesting to their Industry premises.manner. If the above measures are implemented in1. Rural areas Rural and Urban areas, the drought in rural areasa. Ralegoan Siddhi in Maharastra state and drinking water problem in Urban and Ruralb. Lakshman Nagar and Varisai Nadu inTheni population can be solved to some extent. The people, Dt., Tamil Nadu. NGO, and Government should joint together andc. Alankulam Taluk in Tirunelveli Dt., Tamil Nadu. implement the rain water harvesting in a big way ind. Aravari watershed in Alwar Dt., of Rajasthan. all places in the years to come to solve water scarcitye. Maheshwaram watershed in Andhra Pradesh. problem in the country.f. Kapilnalla watershed in Karnataka 7. Conclusions2. Urban Sectors It is very important to make water everybody’sMostly the roof water harvesting measures are taken business. It means a role for everybody with respectup. to water. Every household and community has toa. India become involved in the provision of water and ini. Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, the protection of water resources. Make water the all main buildings. subject of a people’s movement. It means theii. PRICOL, Periyanaickenpalayam (Industry empowerment of our Urban and Rural community, Building), Coimbatore i.e., to manage their own affairs with the state playingiii. TWAD Board / office and PWD office at a critical supportive role. Chennai. Further involving people will give the peopleiv. Numerous Apartment buildings in Chennai. greater ownership over the water project includingv. Sundaram and Clayton Ltd, Padi, Chennai – watershed development, Soil and Water (Industry buildings) conservation and water harvesting will go a longvi. TVS training schoool at Vanagaran, Chennai way towards reducing misuse of government funds.vii. Rastrapathi Bhavan, Delhi. It will also develop the ownership (own water supplyviii. Center of science and environment building at systems), they will also take good care of them. In Delhi. this way it is possible to solve water problems facingix. Institute of economic growth, New Delhi. the county in the 21st century.b. Foreign Countries Referencesi. Thailand – Many houses including thatched • Ake Nilsson, Ground water dams for small-scale water houses in villages. supply, IT publication, 1988.ii. Japan – office complex. • Center for science and environment. A water-harvesting manual, Delhi 2001.iii. Germany – office buildings. • Center for Science and Environment – Making wateriv. Singapore – office buildings. everybody’s business, New Delhi, 2001. • Chitale M.A., A blue revolution, Bhavans Book Rules and regulations have been framed for University, Pune 2000.Rain Water Harvesting in all corporation, • CII, Rainwter harvesting – A guide, New Delhi 2000.municipalities and panchayat unions in Tamil Nadu. • Rajiv Gandhi, National Drinking water missionsThe Gujarat government has issued a general Handbook on Rainwater harvesting, Government of India, New Delhi, 1998.resolution for the effort that no new construction • Sivanappan, R.K., Soil and Water Conservation andwould be allowed if it does not have provision for Water harvesting, Tamil Nadu Afforestation project,roof top rainwater harvesting. This would be valid Chennai, all 143 municipalities and 6 urban development • Sivanappan, R.K. Water harvesting, ICCI, Coimbatoreauthorities in the state. It is heartening to note that 2001.Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) and • Stockholm water Symposium – ‘Water harvesting’ Stockholm, Aug 1998.Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and • Verma HN & Tiwan KN current status and Prospects ofIndustries (FICCI) have taken action to implement Rain Water Harvesting, NIH, Roorkee, 1995. 5
  • 6. National Seminar on Rainwater Harvesting and Water Management 11-12 Nov. 2006, Nagpur 2. Water Issues and Related Concerns * Prof. (Mrs.) Vijaya Agarwal ** Prof. (Dr.) J. H. Agarwal ABSTRACT By 2025, world population will be 8 billion – water will become scarcer. Global farming accounts for 70% of water use, while only 17% of farmland is irrigated and it provides only 40% (estimated) of world’s food. Water application losses in irrigation are quite high – almost 40 % of the total irrigation water is lost. Per capita irrigated agricultural land is declining – main reason shortage of water. Water table is falling steadily in intensive farming regions. People and ecosystems are under threat from persistent chemicals like pesticides, fertilizers and heavy metals in waters. There are no serious efforts to gain water by practices like rainwater harvesting, watersheds and mini-ponds, reuse and recycling of waste water. It is said there is enough freshwater in world – however, it is not always available in the right place or right form. The problem is mainly of access, distribution, and optimum utilization. The paper discusses related concerns and outlines what need to be done. Key words : Fresh water, harvesting and conservation of water, water reuse, water management in agro-ecosystems, electronics and IT based devices.1.0 WHAT NEED TO BE DONE? – Some • Water conservation and higher efficiencies forsuggestions water-conveyance, water-application and water-use. Scientific management of water by1.1 Ground Water Recharge, Reuse, and making use of electronics and IT based aidsEfficient Systems like soil-moisture measurements.• Watersheds, Check dams, Roof water • Participation of women in conservation of harvesting (should be made compulsory and water. mandatory), India uses around 15% of rain • Competent, knowledgeable and experienced water while Israel almost 100% (see personnel to be involved in management of Appendix). water related activities and balanced• Efficient irrigation systems: Sprinkler, drip, distribution of water. trickle (macro and micro irrigation). Drip irrigation cuts water use by between 30% and 1.2 Water needs of plants 70% , increases crop yield by between 20% Agriculture accounts for 70% of fresh water and 90%, compared with traditional irrigation. use. It requires as much as 2000 litres of water to• Sequential water use : Reuse, recovery and grow 1 kg of rice. Water (with elements H + O) is recycling of waste waters. a vital component for crop growth. Plants need• Switching to less water-dependent crops. water for: * Selection Grade Assistant Professor (Electrical Engineering), Department of Agricultural Structures and Environmental Engineering, College of Agricultural Engineering, Jawaharlal Nehru Agricultural University, Krishi Nagar, Adhartal P.O., Jabalpur 482 004, Email : Phone : 0761 – 2681820 ** Retired Director Instrumentation & Project Coordinator UNDP-GOI-MAEP, JNAU, G-83 Krishi Nagar, Adhartal P.O., Jabalpur 482 004 Email : Phone : 0761 – 2680400 6
  • 7. • Temperature regulation, web site:• Photosynthesis, • Tensiometric principle, indicates the amount of• Transport of nutrients from soil to plant, and moisture available to plants.• Transport of assimilates from plant parts to the • Direct display of moisture. produce location. • Automatic control of irrigation systems.1.3 Excess water harmful 4. Watermark Soil Moisture Sensor – 200SS Excess water to crop is harmful. It causes/ (Irrometer Company, USA,results in : web site : ).• Spoilage of soil-health, salinity built up. • Solid state, electrical resistance type.• Loss of nutrients due to excessive leaching. • Available with meter, electronic control unit.• Contamination of surface and ground water. • Low cost.• No proportionate increase in yield, and wastage of water and energy. 5. Sentek Soil Moisture Probes – EnviroSCAN, EnviroSMART, EasyAG and Diviner 20002.0 SOIL-MOISTURE MEASUREMENT (Sentek, Australia,SYSTEMS web site : ). A variety of electronics and microprocessor- • Electrical capacitance principle, continuousbased devices for soil-moisture measurement are measurement of soil moisture over multipleavailable for scientific water management in agro- depths in root-zone.ecosystems. Some of the devices are based on • Easy installation, data download options forelectrical impedance, infrared thermometry and retrieving data in the field or remotely.time-domain reflectometry. Salient features of five • Provides information on crop water use andsuch devices are given below: water management in root-zone, facilitates1. Gro-Point GP-ERS Moisture Sensor and decisions on how much and when to irrigate. Irrigation Management System (ESI Environment Sensors Inc., Canada, These devices should be used for scientific web site : ). management of water in agro-ecosystems to make• Soil moisture range: 5 – 50 % (volumetric) +/- efficient use of water and to minimize problems like 1%. water logging, salinity built up, non-point• Rechargeable battery or mains operated. contamination (see Appendix , Fig. 2 (a), (b), (c)• Available with hand-held display or with data and (d) for photographs of some soil-moisture logger. devices).• Intelligent Irrigation System, with a set of sensors, computer, 3.0 IT ENABLED SUPPORT SYSTEMS software and irrigation controller. FOR OPTIMUM UTILIZATION Use of Crop Simulation Models, Weather2. Moisture-Point, Multi-Probe Sensor MP-917 data and Knowledge Base(s): (ESI Environment Sensors Inc., Canada, • To select appropriate crop and crop variety web site: ). suitable to agro-climatic pattern, and switch to• Soil moisture range : 0 – 50 % (volumetric) +/- less water-dependent crops. 1.5%. • To decide about the date of sowing, duration of• A single probe gives moisture profile. crop.• Rechargeable battery or mains operated. • To decide about the irrigation inputs to crop by• LCD display or datalogger or RS-232 with monitoring soil-moisture and crop-water stress, PC. to decide when and how much to irrigate, and to optimize utilization of water by using3. Irrometer-Tensiometer Probe (Irrometer efficient systems like sprinkler, drip and trickle Company, USA, irrigation. 7
  • 8. • To apply fertilizer to crops through irrigation Population Reports, Series M, No. 14. water by computer-controlled fertigation Population Information Program, Johns Hopkins techniques. School of Public Health, Baltimore, December• To adopt controlled environment farming 1997. wherever easily feasible: This provides • United States Department of Agriculture. ARS monitoring and control of lighting, humidity, National Program # 201 on Water Quality and temperature, CO2 level, irrigation, nutrients Management : Component I – Agricultural supply, chemical treatments, etc. watershed management, Component II –• To adopt a GIS coupled soil-water-balance Irrigation and drainage management, computation system to calculate the available Component III – Water quality protection and residual soil-moisture for its better utilization. management, 1998 – ongoing. < >4.0 CONCLUDING REMARKS • Li, F., S. Cook, G. T. Geballe and W. R. Water is a very valuable resource. There are Burch. Rainwater Harvesting Agriculture: Anno serious efforts to gain water by practices like integrated system for water management onrainwater harvesting, watersheds and mini-ponds. rainfed land in China’s semiarid areas, AMBIORainwater harvesting should be made mandatory. – Journal of Human Environment, Vol. 29, IssueSequential water use (reuse, recovery and recycling 8, December 2000, pp. 477-483.of waste waters) should be planned wherever • Gleick, P. H. The World’s Water 2000 - 2001:possible so that the load on fresh water can be The Biennial Report on Freshwater Resources.reduced. Water’s presence in agro-ecosystems Island Press, Washington, DC, 2000.should be treated on a holistic approach, and by • Rijsberman, F. and D. Molden. Balancing wateremploying scientific management tools it should be uses: water for food and water for naturejudiciously used. For agriculture, an integrated (Thematic background paper), Internationalwater management practice consisting of three main Conference on Freshwater, Bonn, Germany, 3-components – rain water harvesting, water-saving 7 December 2001.micro-irrigation, and highly efficient crop • Smajstrla, A.G., B.J. Boman, D.Z. Haman, F.T.production – should be adopted. Conservation of Izuno, D.J. Pitts and F.S. Zazueta. Basicwater should be taken as a way of life and widely irrigation scheduling in Florida < http://adopted. > Bulletin # 249, Agricultural and Biological EngineeringSELECTED READING Department, Cooperative Extension Service,• Goodchild, M.F., B.O. Parks and L.T. Steyaert Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, (Eds.). Environmental Modelling with GIS. University of Florida, Gainesville, 2002. Oxford University Press, New York, 1993. • Fahimi, F.R., L. Creel and R.M. De Souza.• Berkhoff, J. A Strategy for Managing Water in Finding The Balance: Population and Water the Middle East and North Africa. World Bank, Scarcity in the Middle East and North Africa. Washington, DC, 1994. Population Reference Bureau, Washington, DC,• Bian, F., Z. Sha and W. Hong. An integrated 2002. GIS and knowledge-based decision support • Simonne, E. and G. Hochmuth. Irrigation system in assisting farm-level agronomic scheduling as a means of applying the right decision-making. J. Geogr. Syst., 1995, 3, pp. water amount and monitoring soil moisture for 49-67. vegetable crops grown in Florida in the BMP• Soil-Moisture Systems. ESI – Canada < era. Document # HS909, Horticultural Sciences > , Irrometer – USA Department, Cooperative Extension Service, < > , Sentek – Australia < Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, > . University of Florida, Gainesville, 2003 < http:/• Hinrichsen, D., B. Robey and U. D. / > Upadhyay. Solutions for a Water-Short World. • Rijsberman, F. Sanitation and Water, In: Global 8
  • 9. crises, global solutions (Ed. - B. Lomborg), 2. Soil-Moisture Probes : Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2004, 670 p.• IWMI. Beyond more crop per drop (Note prepared by F. Rijsberman and D. Molden for the 4 th World Water Forum, Mexico, 16-22 March 2006), International Water Management Institute, Sri Lanka, Press release, 17 March 2006.APPENDIX1. Rainfall Facts : Percentage of Rainfall (a) Soil-Moisture Probe for moisture measurements in theconsumed to support direct and indirect human root zone of a crop (Sensors are mounted on a screwable insert )uses of water (Source: IWMI, Sri Lanka) System / Uses % of Rainfall Food – irrigation 2 Food – rainfed 4 Domestic & industry 1 In-stream ecology 8 Flood runoff 27 Permanent grazing 18 Grasslands 11 Forests & woodlands 17 Arid lands 5 All others 7 Total 100 (b) Tensiometer type soil-moisture probe. (d) Soil-Moisture Probe working on impedance principle. [Note : Photographs of the probes from websites / product (c) Sentek Soil-Moisture Probe working on literature. Disclaimer: No preference to any particular firm capacitance principle. by the authors]. 9
  • 10. National Seminar on Rainwater Harvesting and Water Management 11-12 Nov. 2006, Nagpur 3. Rainwater Harvesting Techniques * Dr. K. A. Patil ** G. K. Patil ABSTRACT Water is our most precious natural resource and something that most of us take for granted. We are now increasingly becoming aware of the importance of water to our survival and its limited supply. The human beings require water for various purposes. The most part of the earth surface i.e. about 71 % is covered by water. Out of total volume of water available on the surface of the earth 97 % is saline water, 2 % water is in the form of ice and glaciers and only 1 % is fresh and potable water. India is well endowed nations in the world in terms of average annual rainfall. It is unbelievable but it is true that Cherapunji which gets 11000 mm annual rainfall still suffers from serious drinking water shortage. Though India’s average annual rainfall is 1170 mm; in the deserts of western India it is as low as about 100 mm. Hence, it is necessary to opt for rainwater harvesting measures for fulfillment of water requirement.INTRODUCTION harvesting can play important role for solving the India is one of the developing countries. Due water faster industrialization and urbanization andincrease in population water demand is increasing WHY RAINWATER HARVESTING?day by day. Rainfall in India is highly irregular. Most Rainwater harvesting means the activity ofof it is concentrated during a few months of the year direct collection of rain water which can beand maximum amount flows away resulting in poor recharged in to the ground water to prevent fall ofrecharge of ground water. There is significant spatial ground water level or storing in surface orimbalance in water resource available and water underground water tank. It is most suited in today’sdemand. Therefore, it is becoming necessary to context due to following reasons.bring water from distant places increasing the cost 1. It is the most scientific and cost effective wayof conveyance. It is also a common observation that of recharging the ground water and reviving theunderground water table is depleting due to water table.uncontrolled extraction of water. The state of 2. It offers advantage in water quality for bothMaharashtra covers an area of 307,713 square km irrigation and domestic use.and supports a population of 82 million. Over half 3. It provides naturally soft water and containsof this population is in rural area which faces almost no dissolved minerals or salts, arsenicproblems related to water. Conventional sources like and other heavy well, bore well and piped water supplies have 4. It can be done at individual as well as in afailed due to depleting water tables, poor water community level. This way we can be selfquality and high cost involved in operation and sufficient in terms of domestic watermaintenance. Every year a great amount of water requirements and not just dependent on theis being lost that falls on terraces, all of which finds actions initiated by government or any otherits way to the storm water drains. Rain water local body. * Lecturers in Civil Engineering Dept; Govt. College of Engineering, Aurangabad (M.S.) 431 005 10
  • 11. Collecting rainwater as it falls from the sky 2. Utilization of Rainwater for Recharging Pitseems immensely sensible in areas struggling to Where there is no well or bore well in thecope with potable water needs. Rainwater is one of house, total rainwater falling on the open plot canthe purest sources of water available as it contains be recharged by making recharge pit. Water flowingvery low impurities. Rain water harvesting systems out of the plot can be directed to this pit. This pitcan be adopted where conventional water supply may get filled 10 to 15 times in one monsoon andsystems have failed to meet people’s needs. can recharge water up to 200 m3. This method is effective in the area where permeability of soil isCOMPONENTS OF RAINWATER more. The capacity of the pit may be taken up to 10HARVESTING STRUCTURE m3. The percolation of water through this pit of theAll rainwater harvesting structures will have three order of 200 m3 per annum is possible. The cost ofbasic components: this structure may come about Rs 7000.1. Catchment area i.e. the surface area utilized for capturing the rainwater. 3. Utilization of Rainwater for Well Recharging2. Collection device, like tanks or cisterns or Rainwater flowing in the farm is diverted to percolation pits used for collecting or holding a water collecting tank of size 6 m x 6 m x 1.5 m the water. near well and a small filter pit of size 1.5 m x 1.5 m3. Conveyance system i.e. the system of pipes or x 0.6m is made at the bottom of large pit. Otherwise percolation pits through which water is suitable pit may be excavated depending upon the transported from the catchment area to the availability of space near well. Fig.2 shows details collection device. regarding recharge of open well by runoff from farm. Filter pit is filled with sand, pebbles larger than 20METHODS OF RAINWATER HARVESTING mm and pebbles/boulders larger than 75mm pebbles There are different ways by which rain water is filled in three equal layers and connected to theharvesting is carried out. Some of the important well by 150 mm diameter PVC pipe and this pipemethods are discussed one by one as discussed in projects 0.5 to 1.0 m inside the well. The capacitycoming paragraphs. of the water tank may be taken about 50 m3. The percolation of water 400 to 1000 m3 per year is1. Utilizing Rainwater for Dewas Roof Water possible through this structure.Filter Dewas is the name of the city located in 4. Utilizing of Rainwater for Bore wellMadhya Pradesh. This roof water filter is first Rechargingpracticed at Dewas and hence the name Dewas roof Arrangement of bore well recharging is aswater filter. Fig.1 shows details of Dewar roof water shown in fig. 3. A six metre diameter collecting pitfilter. It can be made easily using sand pebbles of of 1.5 m depth is excavated around the bore welldifferent sizes. In this two caps are provided as T1 casing pipe. Another small pit of 1.5 m x 1.5 m xand T2. Keep the cap T1 and T2 always closed. The 0.6 m depth is made at the bottom of large pit andT2 is used for periodical back washing of filter and filled with filter media. A 75 mm diameter PVC pipecap T1 is used for backwash drainage. Small pebbles is connected to the bore well casing pipe after firstof size 6 mm are on entry side of rainwater. Use of layer of 75 mm pebbles. An inverted elbow ismedicine for water purification is made through cap connected to the pipe.T2. Do not recharge rainwater for first two days inrainy season. Keep the roof always clean, especially 5. Utilizing Roof Water to Recharge Trenchin rainy season so that quality of rain water falling The roof water collected can be rechargedon roof is not deteriorated. The cost of this roof through recharge trench. Water can be rechargedfilter excluding connecting pipe is about Rs 800. throughout the year either by using used water orFor average condition in Maharashtra, from 100 rainwater. This recharge trench may get filled manysquare metres roof area about 50 m3 of water can times as per availability of used or rain water. Thisbe percolated through this filter. method is effective in the area where permeability 11
  • 12. of soil is more. The capacity of the trench may be second sand filter surrounding the slotted section oftaken up to 20 m3. The percolation of water through the well at the top prevents the remaining suspendedthis pit of the order of 100 to 200 m3 per annum is material entering the well. Beyond this is a coirpossible. The cost of this structure may come about wrapping as a final protective filter before waterRs 5000. enters the well. The rate gradually decreases due to setting of slit at the top. Every year, after the rainy6. Utilizing Surface Rainwater to Recharge Tube season about one meter of the sand at the filter bedwell has to be replaced. Every year the well is developed Depleted aquifers are directly fed with surface with a compressor once immediately after therainwater by using a recharge tube well so that storage structures become empty because the waterrecharge is fast and evaporation and transit losses level is shallow immediately after the monsoon andare zero. development is effective. A typical recharge tube well is designed as During pumping when the water is clear, itfollows : may be allowed on the filtered bed so that it takes1. A borehole of 50 cm diameter is drilled to the down the slit accumulated in the filter bed into the desired depth. well which is being developed. Through this method2. A 20 cm diameter casing i.e. outer pipe of the the entire filter bed also gets cleared of the silt during bore well is designed by providing slotted the time of infiltration. perforated sections against aquifers.3. The depth of the recharge tube well should be 7. Utilizing Roof Water to Collect into the Storage about 30 metre below the water table in the area. Tanks4. The annular space between the borehole and Rainwater from the roof surface is drained the pipe is filled with good gravel and developed through gutters into storage tanks. To prevent with a compressor till it gives clear water. To contamination and dust to flow into the storage tanks stop the suspended solids from entering the there is a provision of a hand movable gutter recharge tube well, a filter mechanism is connection which can be manually moved to divert provided at the top. the water out. The rooftop is used as the collection5. A pit of dimensions 6 m x 6 m x 6 m is dug with device. Guttering generally made of PVC is used to the tube well at the center. transport the rainwater from the roof top to the6. This pit is filled with small rounded boulders, storage tanks. Storage tanks may be either above or stone chips and sand in layers with boulders at below the ground and should be properly covered. the bottom and sand at the top. In apartments more than one storage tanks can be7. The top one metre of the casing assembly in used and they can be interconnected through this pit is filled with sand. The top of the casing connecting pipes. The storage tanks should have pipe is provided with a cap which is about 600 provision of an adequate enclosure to minimize mm below the sand bed to prevent suspended contamination from human, animal or other material from entering the well. environmental contaminants. The end of the gutter,8. In order to release the air present in the casing which connects the storage tank, should be attached assembly during the percolation process of with a filter to prevent any contaminants to get into floodwater, the air vent is provided through a the storage tank. It is also advisable to drain the 75 mm diameter pipe connected to the first flow to get rid of the dust and contaminants recharging tube well within the top 600 mm from the roof top. through a reducer tee of dimensions 200 mm x 75 mm. The air releasing pipe is then extended CASE STUDY OF RAIN WATER to one of the banks where the vent is HARVESTING FOR BUILDING IN URBAN constructed. AND VILLAGE AREA Rain water harvesting system for annexure When flood water filters through the sand, building of Govt. College of Engineering,most of the suspended materials are filtered out. The Aurangabad is being considered for study purpose. 12
  • 13. The Government Engineering College is located in III) Plumbing costMarathwada region of Maharashtra State. The a. PVC pipe 6" size total length 200 m @ Rsaverage annual rainfall of Aurangabad town is 100/- per m = Rs.20000/-around 700 mm/year. The population of the city is b. PVC pipe 4" size total length 120 m @Rs 85/-more than 10 lakh. Presently the water is supplied per m = Rs 10200/-to the town by Municipal Corporation, Aurangabad. c. Labour charges (Lump sum)Considering the capacity of water treatment plant, = Rs 20000/-the water is supplied to town on alternate day. d. PVC pipe accessories = Rs 10000/- The institute needs water about 350 m3 perday. In last few years it is observed that the ground IV) Tube Well 100 m deep and 2 H.P. pumpwater level of the town is being depleted. It is = Rs.30000/-essential to conserve the rainwater not only in the Total Expenditure = Rs142680 /-city itself but also in areas surrounding to The total cost of rain water harvesting systemAurangabad. No one can neglect the importance of project is Rs.142680/-rainwater harvesting. According it is proposed tocollect roof water from at least ten hoses from each Rain water harvesting system for villagevillage. It is also proposed to collect rainwater from communityroof of Annex building of this institute. If this roof This system is designed for the villagetop rain water harvesting scheme is implemented community situated in locality where there isall civil engineering students from this institute will scarcity of water. The annual rainfall is 650 mm perhave a role model. These students will see the system year. The water is supplied by panchayat/localand in future they will be motivated to implement authority alternate day. Incase of summer seasonroof water harvesting system elsewhere. The the water is supplied by tankers. So it is proposedtentative estimate is as given below. to conserve the rain water by allowing it to percolate so as to meet underground water. It is proposed toEstimate for rain water harvesting system for conserve rain water collected on top of every houseannex building and common rain water harvesting system isArea of building : 2159.78 m2 designed for group of 10 houses having approximatePerimeter of building : 335.45 m area of 70 m2 eachAverage annual rainfall at Aurangabad : 700 mmCoefficient of runoff : 0.8 Estimate for rain water harvesting system forQuantity of water to be harvested per year : village community 1209.47 m3 Area of group of houses : 700 m2Requirement of soak pit : 6 m x 6 m x 1.5 m (Two Perimeter: 340 mnumbers) Average annual rainfall: 650 mm Coefficient of runoff: 0.8I ) Cost of excavation : 2 x 54 m3 x Rs.60/- Quantity of water to be harvested per year: 364 m3 = Rs. 6480/- Requirement of soak pit: 3 m x 3 m x 2 mII) Cost of material for filling of soak pit I) Cost of excavation : 18 m3 x Rs.60/-a. 75 mm to 100 mm size aggregate = Rs. 1080/- = Rs. 12000/-b. 15 mm to 25 mm size aggregate II) Cost of material for filling of soak pit = Rs. 12000/- a. 75 mm to 100 mm size aggregatec. Sand = Rs. 8000/- = Rs. 2500/-d. Protection wall with perforation b. 15 mm to 25 mm size aggregate = Rs 8000/- = Rs. 2500/-e. Labour cost for filling material ( Lump sum) c. Sand = Rs. 2000/- = Rs. 6000/- 13
  • 14. d. Protection wall with perforations failing on his roof, plot, and farm and recharges it = Rs 2000/- under ground. Two cases of roof top watere. Labour cost for filling material harvesting for urban and rural area have been = Rs. 5000/- considered in the present study. Similarly for other building roof top rain water harvesting can beIII) Plumbing cost implemented. In fact there is no village anda. PVC pipe 4" size total length 200 m @Rs 85/- habitation in India that cannot meet its basic drinking per m = Rs.17000/- and cooking needs through rainwater harvestingb. Labour charges (Lump sum) techniques. = Rs 8000/-c. PVC pipe accessories = Rs 6000/- REFERENCES Expenditure for one unit of ten houses 1. Gawai A.A. and Aswar D.S. (2006) “Towards = Rs 46080/- Self reliance for Water Needs through Rain Water Harvesting” Conference on ‘EngineeringCONCLUSION Technology for Efficient Rain Water Harvesting Water is essential element of life. Everyone and Soil Conservation’, S.G.G.Nanded, 29-30knows that, if we do not harness available sources May 2006.pp. 1-7of water and use them judiciously with proper care 2. Kaushal Kishore (2004) “Rain Waterthe problem of water scarcity is going to be serious. Harvesting”, Journal of Civil Engineering andIrrespective of fast development in all fields of Construction Review, May 2004, pp.42-48science there can be no substitute to water. Hence, Magar R.B. and Waghmare S.T. . (2006) “Rainit is necessary to opt for various water harvesting Water Harvesting” Conference on ‘Engineeringmeasures. It is the responsibility of government Technology for Efficient Rain Water Harvestingorganization as well as individual to harvest each and Soil Conservation’, S.G.G.Nanded, 29-30drop of water falling on earth surface. For this, it is May 2006.pp. 44-51necessary that each person collect the raindrops 14
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  • 16. National Seminar on Rainwater Harvesting and Water Management 11-12 Nov. 2006, Nagpur 4. Harvested Rainwater for Drinking *Dr. N. Balasubramanya Abstract It is clear from the World water quantity that out of total available water, only 0.3% is available for human consumption. But today even this is getting polluted due to human activities like mining, industrialization has created acute shortage of potable drinking water. Rain water harvesting is one of the most ancient and easy methods that can be adopted at urban and rural level efficiently. The aim of this study is to investigate the possibility of using harvested rainwater as a source of drinking water without causing any health risk. This can be achieved by adopting suitable storage technique efficient and economical treatment methods. Roof harvested rainwater samples were collected from five different places of Bangalore during October 2005. The water samples were collected and stored in good grade plastic containers and were subjected to periodical treatments (like chlorination, solar disinfections and use of silver nitrate) and tests fro and use of silver nitrate and tests for physical chemical and Biological parameters up to May 2006 as per IS 10500:1991. All the above treatment methods suggested proved to be highly effective in reducing the colonies fro an initial value of around 300 to zero.Introduction increases due to increase in the population. Hence, For centuries world has relied upon rainwater the most effective way to obtain fresh drinking waterharvesting to supply water. Rainwater harvesting is to harvest rainwater. Rainwater harvesting systempromotes self sufficiency and fosters an appreciation is inherently simple in form, and can often befor water as a resource. It saves money, saves other assembled with readily available materials byresources of water, reduces erosion and storm water owners, builders with a basic understanding of therunoff and increases water quality. plumbing and construction skills. Rainwater can provide clean, safe and reliable The present investigations was proposed withwater for drinking so long as the collection system a vision to overcome the scarcity of drinking wateris properly constructed and maintained and treated during the non – rainy seasons such that it givesappropriately for its intended use. easy and economical solution that can be adopted Rainwater harvesting means capturing rain both in urban and rural areas.where it falls or capturing the runoff in a village ortown and taking all precautions to keep it unpolluted. Sample Collection and Storage One third of world’s population will Rainwater samples were collected from fiveexperience severe water scarcity by the end of this different places of Bangalore during October 2005.century. In rural areas, the water may not be fit for The samples were stored in good grade plastic cans.drinking due to the polluted water bodies, due to The above samples were tested for physical,contaminated ground water and also due to acute chemical and microbiological parameters. Table 1water scarcity. In urban areas, water demand gives the experimental finding. * Professor, Dept. of Civil Engineering, M.S.Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore – 54 16
  • 17. Table 1 : Experimental Results of Physical, Chemical & Biological Parameters Sample Date of Expt Turbidity pH Do Hardness Chloride Alkalinity Acidity NTU mg/l of mg/l mg/l mg/l of mg/l of CaCO3 CaCO3 1. Banashankari 14/08/05 4.6 7 7.8 56 13.96 86 06 2. MSRIT 17/01/06 6.3 8.4 7.7 22 16 30 08 3. Shivajinagar 21/11/05 8.3 8.11 8 58 13.2 40 06 4. Vijayanagar 18/01/06 11.9 7 7.7 58 21.3 46 12 5. Vidyaranyapura 12/12/05 7.3 8 8.1 46 12 18 14 A detailed study of Table 1 reveals that both sis hours. Such an exposure increases thethe physical& chemical parameters are very much temperature of water and also gives an extendedwithin the limits for drinking water standards dose of solar radiation killing the microbes.specified by WHO (1984) and IS 10500:1991.However, the colony counts were quite significant Chlorinationin all the five samples. Chlorination is one of the most reliable Therefore, it was decided to emphasize more methods of disinfecting drinking water. In thison the microbiological contaminations and suitable method the calculated amount of chlorine is addedtreatment methods to make the rainwater fit for to one litre of water sample for a specified tune anddrinking. thereafter tested for the coliform counts.Treatment methods and Results Silver Nitrate All the five rain water samples were subjected Silver nitrate is very small doses of 0.05 toto the following treatments. 0.1 mg/l helps in disinfecting the drinking water.• Solar disinfection Silver nitrate in smaller doses does not impart any• Chlorination taste, odour or produces any harmful effect on• Using Silver nitrate human body.• Combination of the above method. Combination of the above methodsSolar Disinfection In order to investigate the effectiveness of the Solar disinfection is a process where in treatment methods following combinations weremicrobes are destroyed through temperature and tried.ultra violet radiation provided by the fun. a) Chlorine + Solar disinfection Water is filled either in a clean transparent or b) Silver nitrate + Solar disinfection.painted (Black) bottle oxygenated by shaking,followed by topping up. It is placed in the horizontal Tables 2,3 & 4 presents the details of coliformportion on tope exposed to direct sunlight for about counts of the above specified treatments. Table 2: Coliform Count (At room temperature) Sample Date of Collection Date of experiment Coliform Count/100ml (Average of 3 tests) Chlorination Silver Nitrate 1. Banashankari 20/10/05 17/05/06 0 0 2. MSRIT 25/10/05 17/05/06 0 0 3. Shivajinagar 25/10/05 17/05/06 0 0 4. Vijayanagar 25/10/05 17/05/06 0 0 5. Vidyaranyapura 28/10/05 17/05/06 0 0 17
  • 18. Table 3 : Coliform Count (Solar disinfection using transparent bottle) Sample Date of Date of Expt Coliform count / 100ml Collection Transparent Bottle Chlorination Silver nitrate (Average of 3 tests) 1. Banashankari 20/10/05 17/03/06 40 0 0 2. MSRIT 25/10/05 24/03/06 38 0 0 3. Shivajinagar 25/10/05 02/04/06 40 0 0 4. Vijayanagar 25/10/05 15/04/06 35 0 0 5. Vidyaranyapura 25/10/05 21/04/06 28 0 0 Table 4 : Coliform Count (Solar Disinfection using black painted bottle) Sample Date of Date of Expt. Coliform Count / 100 ml (Average of 3 tests) Collection Black Bottle Chlorination 1. Banashankari 20/10/05 17/03/06 2 0 2. MSRIT 25/10/05 24/03/06 2 0 3. Shivajinagar 25/10/05 02/04/06 3 0 4. Vijayanagar 25/10/05 15/04/06 2 0 5. Vidyaranyapura 28/10/05 21/04/06 0 0 Careful study of Table 2 depicts that Conclusionschlorination and Silver nitrate in very small dosages Rainwater collection is easy and economicalare very effective even at room conditions, justifying both in rural and urban areas.their selection. Rainwater harvested during Oct 2005, tested till Detailed study of Table 3 indicates that solar May 2006 without much changes in physicaldisinfection using a transparent bottle is not very properties like colour, odour & turbidity, inspiteeffective in reducing the coliform counts. However, of the fact that they were from various sourcesaddition of chlorine and silver nitrate have proved and stored in normal food grade plasticto be highly effective, further strengthening their containers.selection as disinfectants. All the treatment methods suggested are highly Finally from Table 4, it can be seen that solar effective in reducing the microbiologicaldisinfection using a black painted bottle has yielded contamination and also viable both at rural andin a more effective disinfection, the coliform counts urban levels.have very significant, reduced. The reason being Rainwater harvesting and its treatment isthat a black bottle or body absorbs more heat, which affordable by individuals and will be highlyenables in destroying the bacteria. In the present useful in drought prone areas.investigations is was observed that the watertemperature in the bottles recorded a temperature Futurearound 500 C. It is suggested that similar investigations are It is also very interesting of disinfection to made on a number of samples collected fromnote that the chlorination method has established different places, stored under different conditions.its supremacy. 18
  • 19. Acknowledgement Proe. 23rd WEDC Conf. Sep 1-5 1997, Durban The author wishes to thank the management S.Africa.of M.S.Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore 6. Sharma S.K. and Jain S.K, Proceedings of the560054 for all the encouragements & inspiration International Conference on Management ofprovided for the study. Also many thanks are due to Drinking water resources – central leatherMr.Sunil Hegde, Mr.Anantha Padmanabha & Research Institute. Anna University & TamilMr.Vinay Final Year B.E. Students for their help Nadu Water supply & Drainage, Board,during the course of the experimental investigations. Chennai, 1997, pp129-138. 7. Wegelin M & Sommer B, Solar waterReferences : disinfections (SODIS) – Destines for world1. Bell, F.A.Jr, D.L.Jerry, J.K.Smoth, and wide use. Water lines, Vol 16, No.3, IT S.C.Lynch, Studies on home water treatment Publications, London 1998. systems. Jr.Am water works Assoc. 75:104-107- 8. Winter bottom, Daniel “Rainwater Harvesting, 1984. An ancient technology – cisterns in2. Davies C.M., and Evison L M “Sunlight & the reconsidered, Landscape Architecture”, April survival of entropic bacteria in natural water .2000 pp 42-46. Journal of applied Bacteriology 7, 265-274- 9. White G.C, Hand Book of chlorination & 1991. Alternative Disinfectants, Johns Wiley & Sons,3. Drinking water standards, Inc, New York 1999. water/md.html. 10. Wolfe R.L., 1990, “Ultraviolet Disinfection of4. I.S. 10500:1991 “Drinking Water Standards”. Possible water” Env.Sci and Technology 24(6),5. Jalbottt R “Rural water supply and Sanitation 768-773, 1990. program in India – Goals, roles & innovation. 19
  • 20. National Seminar on Rainwater Harvesting and Water Management 11-12 Nov. 2006, Nagpur 5. Rain Water Harvesting and Ground Water Recharge *Madhaorao Bajirao Deshmukh1.1 Water is an essential natural resource for By adopting water harvesting, an additional 160sustaining life and environment. The available water BCM shall be available for use.resources are under pressure due to increasingdemands and the time is not far when water, which 3.2 Ground water level in some areas are falling atwe have always thought to be available in abundance the rate of one meter per year and rising in someand free gift of nature, will become a scarce other areas at the same rate.commodity. Conservation and preservation of water You can capture and recharge 650000 liters ofresources is urgently required to be done. Water rainwater from a 100-sq. meters size rooftop andmanagement has always been practiced in our meet drinking and domestic water requirement ofcommunities since ancient times, but today this has family of four for 160 be done on priority basis. The number of wells and borewells for irrigation in the country has increased five fold to1.2 India’s population has recently crossed the one 175 lacks during past fifty years.billion mark, with an ever-increasing population, our There are 25 to 30 lack wells and borewells forcountry faces a serious threat to the management of drinking, domestic and industrial uses.her water resources as the gap between demand and More than 80% of rural and 50% of urban, industrialsupply widens. and irrigation water requirement in the country are met from ground water.2.1 In our villages and cities, down the ages, peoplehave developed a wide array of techniques to harvest 3.3 Causes Of Fall In Ground Water Levelsrainwater, which are simple, efficient and cost • Over exploitation or excessive pumpage eithereffective. There is a tendency to ignore these locally or over large areas to meet increasing watertraditional water-harvesting systems. We should demands.draw upon the wisdom of our ancient life sustaining • Non-availability of other sources of and through better management, conserve Therefore, sole dependence is on ground water.our precious water resources. • Unreliability of municipal water supplies both in terms of quantity and timings, driving people to2.2 Harvesting of rainwater is of utmost important there own sources.and the ministry of water resources is embarking on • Disuse of ancient means of water conservationsuch programme. A judicious mix of ancient like village ponds, baolis, percolation tanks andknowledge, modern technology, public and private therefore, higher pressure on ground waterinvestment and above all, people’s participation will development.go a long way in reviving and strengthening waterharvesting practices through out the country. 3.4 Effects Of Over Exploitation Of Ground Water Resources3.1 Ground Water Resources: - Annually • Drastic fall in water levels in some areareplenishable resources are assessed as 432 billion • Drying up wells/ borewellscubic meters (BCM) • Enhanced use of energy *B.Sc., B.E. (Hon), AMICE (USA), Ex- Superintending Engineer, 54, Tatya Tope Nagar, Nagpur 20
  • 21. • Deterioration in ground water quality • Benefiting in the water quality• Ingress of sea water in coastal areas. • Arresting sea water ingress • Assuring sustainability of the ground water4.0 Method And Techniques Of Rain Water abstraction sources and consequently the village andHarvesting town water supply system• Roof – top rain water harvesting and its • Mitigating the effect of droughts and achievingrecharge to underground through existing wells and drought proofingborewells or by constructing new wells, borewells, • Reviving the dying traditional water harvestingshafts etc. structures and their rehabilitation as recharge• Capturing and recharging city storm water run through wells, shafts, storm water drains. • Effective use of lack of defunct wells and• Harnessing run off in the catchment by tubwells as recharge structureconstructing structures such as gabions, check dams, • Up gradation of social and environmental statusbhandaras, percolation trenches, sub-surface dykes etc.etc.• Recharging treated and industrial affluent 7.0 Proposed Policy Measures For Rain Waterunderground by using it for direct irrigation or Harvestingthrough ponds, basins or wells etc. • Provides at least one roof-top rain water harvesting structure for every 200sq. meters plot in5.0 Objective Of Rain Water Harvesting urban areas.• Restore supplies from the aquifers depleted due • Revive/ rehabilitation all village pondsto over exploitation • Subject to technical feasibility, provides at least• Improve supplies from aquifers lacking one check dam / KT weir / Sub- surface dyke inadequate recharge. each streamlet with catchments of 1 to 3 sq. km.• Store excess water for use at subsequent times. • Provide all drinking water wells with a recharge• Improve physical and chemical quality of structureground water • Ban construction of irrigation wells / tubewells• Reduced storm water run off and soil erosion within a distance of 200 m or less (depending on• Prevent salinity ingress in coastal areas. scientific criteria) of the drinking water supply well.• Increase hydrostatic pressure to prevent/ stopland subsidence. 8.0 Success Stories Of MAHARASHTRA• Recycle urban and industrial wastewater etc. • In Yaval taluka, Jalgaon District, Six• Rehabilitate the existing traditional water percolation tanks, two recharge shafts and oneharvesting structure like village ponds, percolation injection well were constructed- A total of about 546tanks, baolis, tanks, etc ha area benefited• With minor scientific modifications and • In Amravati District, three percolation tanksredesigning, convert the traditional water harvesting and ten cement plugs benefiting an area of 280 hastructure into ground water recharge facilities. and 100 ha respectively have been constructed- rise• Use the existing defunct wells and borewells in water level up to 10 meters recorded.after cleaning and also the operational wells as • Experiments of catchments treatment carriedrecharge structures. out at Adgaon and Palaswadi in Aurangabad, Ralegaon Siddhi in Ahmednagar and Naigaon in6.0 Benefits Of Rain Water Harvesting Pune by Shri Anna Hazare - effort have led to revival• Rise in ground water levels in water of streamlets and enhanced availability of ground• Increased availability of water from wells water in the water shed.• Prevent decline in water levels• Reduction in the use of energy for pumping 9.0 Proposed Strategywater and consequently the costs. • Organize Mass Awareness Programmes• Reduction in flood hazard and soil erosion involving district administration and NGOs to 21
  • 22. educate in different sections of users and to make industrial houses to be invited to participate in thethe programme demand oriented. work and adopt towns and villages and provide• Roof-Top rain water harvesting and its recharge financial support.underground through more than two lack existing • Government organizations to act as facilitatorsbut defunct drinking water and irrigation wells, or and provide technical and financial support forby constructing new wells, borewells, Shafts, creating the demonstration facilities etc.spreading basins etc.• Make roof-top rain water harvesting and 10.0 Future Action Plansrecharge mandatory in all urban dwellings. • Prepare national and state level water• Capturing city storm water run- off and harvesting perspective plans.recharging it through wells, shafts, spreading basins, • Develop plans and implement roof-top rainstorms and water drains etc. water harvesting measures using 1,00,000 wells• Harnessing run off in catchments by (existing, defunct and or operative wells to be usedconstructing structures such as gabions, check dams, in the first instance)bhandaras, percolation trenches, bus-surface dykes • Provide rural drinking water wells withetc. recharge facilities- cover 1,00,000 wells• Impounding surface run from village • Harvest and recharge city storm water in 100catchments and water shed(s) in village ponds and townspercolation tanks. • Revive and rehabilitate 1, 000 dying village• Rehabilitation all ancient rain water harvesting ponds.structures. • Design and construct 200 percolation tanks,• Invoke legal provision, if and when required, 5000 check dams/ bhandaras and 1,000 sub surfaceto regulate indiscriminate boring of wells and to dykes.make the installation of recharge facilities mandatory • Recycle secondary treated urban waste water• Constitute water user Association (WUA) or through aquifers at five centers.village Beneficiary Groups (VBG) NGOs to • Identify potential aquifers in drought proneorganize the constitution of these bodies. The WUA/ areas and declare these apart as “Ground WaterVBG and NGOs to be associated with the project Sanctuaries”right from the concept to completion stages.• For expanding further scope of work, the Ref: - CENTRAL GROUND WATER BOARD- MINISTRY OF WATER RESOURCES. 22
  • 23. National Seminar on Rainwater Harvesting and Water Management 11-12 Nov. 2006, Nagpur 6. Rain Water Harvesting Tanks for Supplementing Minor Irrigation Tanks during Drought * Mohd. Mahboob HussainIntroduction : development etc. Rainwater harvesting is usually India’s total land area is 3287263 Sqkm. The classified into two types (i) harvesting forcultivated land is 55.7% i.e., 183.09 million hectors. agriculture (irrigation) needs and (ii) harvesting forAverage annual rainfall is 117 Cm; average monsoon domestic and other needs. For irrigation needs therainfall is 55 Cm. The occupation of about 70% of rainwater can be harvested during rainy season bypeople in India is agriculture. The population of constructing any of the following structures.India is fed on the food production of the country. 1. Major storage reservoirMain source of water in this country is rainfall 2. Medium storage reservoirduring monsoon season. The rainfall mainly 3. Minor storage tanksconfined in the months from June to September. But 4. Watershed development Structures, likeit is not regular and erratic with respect to both time Check dams, percolation tanks, Sunken gully pitsand place. Now a days drought and floods are the etc.,sever hazards in different parts of our country. The Looking in to the rainfall trends in past fortyrequirement of agricultural produce is expected to years it is felt that rain water above 75% P.L. shouldrise steeply by 2025.Hence India must concentrate be stored for beneficial use during droughts / lowon increasing area under irrigation and improving rainfall year. In this paper it is proposed to constructthe productivity of both land and water to meet the Rain Water Harvesting Tanks for the beneficial useneeds of the population. The demand of water of water for supplementing minor irrigation tanksincreasing due to several factors such as increase in during drought years. Rain Water Harvesting ispopulation growth, which has led to a situation in being promoted extensively in India, particularlywhich water has become a scarce resource. Hence in the Southern is very essential to harvest rainwater during rainyseason. Rainwater harvesting is the intentional Need for Rain Water Harvesting Tanks :collection of rain water from a surface and its Since rivers occasionally swells, hence somesubsequent storage in order to supply water during countries have built oversized capacity reservoirsthe time of demand. Rain water harvesting is to store surplus water which will other wise beessential in view of the fact that rainfall, which is a wasted in to sea. For example, Egypt had builtsource of fresh water, occurs in very short spells Oswan Dam to store water about five times the yieldand runs off as a waste unless arrangements are available in Nile River. During droughts they aremade for its storing. successfully irrigating lands so that the country is Main source of irrigation development are not vulnerable by famine. In most of the areas ofdams and canals. Other option are water harvesting semi-arid region yearly rainfall is below the normalstructure such as for ground water development, for continuous two to three years followed by asurface minor irrigation systems, watershed normal rainfall year. The year wise monsoon rainfall * Deputy Executive Engineer, Medium Irrigation, I & C.A.D.Department, Govt. of A.P., Hyderabad 23
  • 24. for some of the rain-gauge stations of Ranga Reddy natural resource. Hence all water over and aboveDistrict in Andhra Pradesh are shown in annexure- 75% dependable yield is wasted in to sea. SinceI and graph enclosed showing rainfall variation for rainfall is a natural phenomenon, we do not knowlast 40 years indicates that lot of water above 75% when and in which year rainfall will be above 75%P.L .is wasted. More over from rainfall graphs it P.L., hence it is the need of the hour to harvest Raincan be seen that there are number of years when water above 75% P.L. also and to utilize during thethere is rainfall more than 75 % P.L followed by a drought / low rainfall year. It is proposed to constructlow rainfall year. From graph of Monsoon rainfall Rain Water Harvesting Tanks without any canalversus year for Medchal R.G.S, the following system with a sluice to letdown water in the downconclusions are drawn. stream for existing minor irrigation tanks. For one R.G.S (i.e., TANDUR) the year wise(i) In the year 1967 there is excess rainfall over total yield available for one of the subgroup having 75% P.L. followed by a normal rainfall year 20 Sq.Miles for 40 years have been calculated. The 1968 and a low rainfall year in 1969. yield available @ 75 % PL also has been calculated(ii) In the year 1971 the rainfall is much higher using strange’s table which works out to 255.64 than 75% P.L. followed by low rainfall year Mcft. The surplus yield available after deducting of 1972. the yield @ 75 % PL from the total yield is also(iii) In the year 1974 the rainfall is much higher calculated year wise. Statement showing the above than 75% P.L. followed by low rainfall year values year wise are presented in annexure- II of 1975. enclosed. From the statement it is observed that for(iv) In the year 1976 the rainfall is much higher 30 years there is surplus yield available. The than 75% P.L. followed by low rainfall year maximum surplus yield is 801.20 MCft. The of 1977. average of surplus yield for 30 years is 267.495(v) In the year 1978 the rainfall is much higher Mcft, but where as the 75% dependable yield is than 75% P.L. followed by low rainfall year 255.64 Mcft. The average of surplus yield is slightly of 1979. higher than the yield available at 75% dependability.(vi) In the year 1983 there is flood followed by a Since every year the surplus yield may not be normal rainfall year of 1984 and a low rainfall available so much, hence it is proposed to utilize at year of 1985. least 50% of the yield available at 75%(vii) In the year 1990 the rainfall is much higher dependability duly constructing Rain Water than 75% P.L. followed by low rainfall year Harvesting Tanks. In the statement minus values of 1991. indicates that the yield available is below the 75%(viii) In the year 1996 the rainfall is much higher PL yield for ten years out of 40 years. Hence there than 75% P.L. followed by low rainfall year is scope for storing this surplus yield in the proposed of 1997. Rain Water Harvesting Tanks.(ix) In the year 2000 the rainfall is much higher More over sometimes heavy rainfall occurs than 75% P.L. followed by low rainfall year in one single month followed by a dry spell of 20 to of 2001. 30 days. In such case also this excess water due to heavy rainfall can be stored in Rain Water From the above it can be stated that the water Harvesting Tanks and released for existing minorabove 75% P.L. can be stored in the proposed Rain irrigation tanks during dry spell so that crops canWater Harvesting Tanks and used in the low rainfall be grown successfully.years. Presently any irrigation project is design to The World Banks has published a reportutilize water out of the available 75% dependable “India’s Water Economy: Bracing for a turbulentyield. Water has to be harvested, preserved and future”. In this report it is highlighted that India’sutilized for beneficial used, as it is becoming a scarce storage capacity of 200m3 per person is too little, as 24
  • 25. compared to over 5000 m3 per person in U.S.A. through natural stream with minimum conveyanceand Australia, and 1000 m3 per person in Mexico losses. The Rain Water Harvesting Tanks shouldand China. It is also highlighted that the need for essentially have a sluice and a surplus weir tostorages in India will be even more in the post dispose off flood water. The sluice can be used toclimate change scenario. In India the poverty in let down water to the down stream existing minorirrigated districts is one third of that in unirrigated irrigation tanks. The design procedure of minordistricts. Hence the proposed Rain Water Harvesting irrigation tank can be adopted for design of RainTanks will increase storage capacity per person in Water Harvesting Tanks. The capacity of each RainIndia. Water Harvesting Tank can be fixed based on the number of tanks to be taken up as Rain WaterMethodology for Proposing Rain Water Harvesting Tanks duly utilizing at least 50 % of theHarvesting Tanks : utilization of that of minor irrigation tank designed In a sub-group of a given sub-basin of a river for 75 % dependable water. Eg: - In a given sub-basin there may be few minor irrigation tanks, check group if the 75% dependable water is 100 M.cft.dams and percolation tanks which together may and the existing utilization is 80 M.cft. underutilize 75 % dependable yield. Whenever there is existing minor irrigation tanks. Rain Waterhigh rainfall above 75% P.L. in the catchment, the Harvesting Tanks should be design to hold 40 M.cft.water go waste down stream and ultimately joins of water, which is 50% of present utilization. Tosea. We may not be able to know how much surplus store 40 M.cft. of water, now propose 4 tanks ofwater (above 75% P.L.) a sub-group catchment each 10 M.cft. live capacity in the upper reaches ofyields. Hence it is proposed to utilize at least 50 % streams so that this water can be utilized duringof the water utilization of that of existing tanks droughts / low rainfall year.designed to utilize 75 % dependable water, so thatif there is failure of monsoon next year we can make Plan of operation for Rain Water Harvestinguse of this water for irrigation and avoid drought. Tanks :The following sketch shows probable locations of Once these Rain Water Harvesting Tanks areRain Water Harvesting Tanks in a given sub-group. constructed, the sluices should be kept open so thatThe Rain Water Harvesting Tanks should be located when it rains the water will flow down to the existingin the initial reaches of streams, so that the stored minor irrigation tanks to fill them up to their fullwater can be utilized for filling the minor irrigation tank level in the monsoon. When the minor irrigationtanks when there is scanty rainfall and hence crops tanks are filled up the sluices of Rain Watercan be grown successfully. Harvesting Tanks should be closed so that water can be stored in these Rain Water Harvesting Tanks. Then depending up on the number of fillings required ( as per design ) again water can be released to lower existing minor irrigation tanks for their full utilization as per hydrological clearance given . Now close the sluices of Rain Water Harvesting Tanks and store water up to full tank level. If there are heavy rains again the surplus water will automatically flow down through surplus weir. Next year when monsoon are late, some quantity of water from these Rain Water Harvesting Tank can beDesign of Rain Water Harvesting Tanks : released through sluices to the existing minor Select the site of Rain Water Harvesting Tanks irrigation tanks so that farmers can take up landsuch that it can feed the minor irrigation tank preparation and sowing can be done in time. Even 25
  • 26. if the monsoon fails the remaining water also can be (9) There will be soil conservation in the upperreleased to down stream tanks so that the crops can reaches of the catchment because ofbe grown successfully. In a year when total rainfall construction of Rain Water Harvesting less than normal, these Rain Water Harvesting (10) There is a need to workout surplus yields forTanks can be kept empty. every year for each Rain Gage Stations and prepare model for storing water in Rain WaterConclusions : Harvesting Tanks to utilize surplus water(1) The concept of Rain Water Harvesting Tank optimally. is to store water during excess rainfall year (11) As water is becoming scarce natural resource, (above 75% P.L.) and to utilize during drought the cost of construction of Rain Water /scanty rain fall year. Harvesting tanks should not come into way.(2) Since Rain Water Harvesting Tanks are (12) There is a need to formulate a coherent policy designed to store surplus water over and or strategy towards strengthening extension above 75% P.L yield, there will not be any and technical support for Rain Water effect on existing minor irrigation system. Harvesting Tanks for crop production.(3) Success rate of existing minor irrigation tanks can be ensured by regulation of water from References : Rain Water Harvesting Tanks, thus utilizing (1) “Innovative participatory technologies for water optimally. water shed development in drought prone(4) Generally minor irrigation tanks are designed areas of India” by Sri. T. Hanmanth Rao, for 150% irrigation intensity. Because of Consultant of united nation. proposed Rain Water Harvesting Tanks in (2) “Hand book for planning water shed upstream by storing surplus water, the management works”, Government of India, intensity of irrigation can be increased to Ministry of water resources, CWC, 200% by supplying water for Rabi crops by December, 2000. virtue of which food production can be (3) Paper on “Irrigation development in India” enhanced. by Sri. Uddhao Wankede published in(5) These Rain Water Harvesting Tank can serve proceedings of National Seminar on “ as percolation tank in upper reaches of Irrigation development India” held from 9- catchments to improve ground water table, 10 October 2004 hosted by the Institution of as there will be some dead storage below sill Engineers (India), Nagpur local Center. level of sluice of that tank. (4) Irrigation manual by Illys.(6) Because of construction of Rain Water (5) “Rain water harvesting – a case study in a Harvesting Tanks the loss due to flood collage campus in Mysore”, by Sri. M. R. damages can be minimized. YADUPATHI PUTTY & Sri. P.RAJE URS,(7) Wastage of heavy surplus water in to sea can Dept. of civil engineering, National Institute be minimized. of Engineering, Mysore published in(8) Rain Water Harvesting Tanks also will be very Hydrology Journal of Indian Association of much useful for flora and fauna for Hydrologist volume 28, November 3-4, maintaining ecology of that area. September – December 2005. 26
  • 27. ANNEXURE - IMonsoon Rainfall ( in mm ) of different Rain guage stations of R.R. District in A.P S.No Year Medchal Tandur Himayat Sagar 1 1960 N/A N/A 551.2 2 1961 N/A 909.1 571.2 3 1962 N/A 1063.6 856 4 1963 759.9 942.8 751.8 5 1964 710.3 751.5 710.8 6 1965 671.9 663.6 796 7 1966 468.2 493.1 689.4 8 1967 804.2 670.2 865.4 9 1968 663.4 652.3 440.9 10 1969 600.9 684.4 452.4 11 1970 754.9 992.9 842 12 1971 797.7 459.3 497.6 13 1972 547.8 454 221.7 14 1973 957.6 1097 633.5 15 1974 784.4 850 614.4 16 1975 566.7 1116.5 1689.6 17 1976 720.1 725.1 906.8 18 1977 584.1 480.8 568.5 19 1978 783.3 1216.6 1009.7 20 1979 440.3 585.2 564.6 21 1980 845.2 650.5 577.6 22 1981 1102.8 711.9 660.1 23 1982 862.8 665.9 564.6 24 1983 1858.5 1036.6 793.2 25 1984 673.7 651.6 595.6 26 1985 563.1 822.6 550.9 27 1986 445.9 645 586 28 1987 604.8 853.8 795.5 29 1988 933.4 961.1 741.4 30 1989 845.3 864.4 711.5 31 1990 760.4 1173 721.6 32 1991 624.8 767.4 393.4 33 1992 645.8 795.8 611.9 34 1993 767.5 697.2 479.8 35 1994 787.2 479.8 598.7 36 1995 899.9 790.8 1077 37 1996 775.8 758.6 803.7 38 1997 533.6 648.3 514.4 39 1998 988.6 1342.1 983.5 40 1999 701.3 670.7 540.8 41 2000 791.3 861.9 N/A 42 2001 589.6 N/A N/A N/A – 43 2002 629.4 N/A N/A Not Available. 27
  • 28. Annexure- II Statement showing the surplus yield beyond 75% dependabilityNo. Year Monsoon Yield per Total Yeild Yeild Surplus % of Surplus Rainfall Sq.miles from Available Yeild Yeild beyond in mm in MCft subgroup @ 75% PL 75 % PL C.A ( 20 Sqm)1 1961 909.1 27.25 545 255.64 289.36 113.192 1962 1063.6 38.566 771.32 255.64 515.68 201.723 1963 942.8 29.53 590.6 255.64 334.96 131.034 1964 751.5 17.742 354.84 255.64 99.2 38.85 1965 663.6 13.317 266.34 255.64 10.7 4.196 1966 493.1 6.479 129.58 255.64 -126.06 -49.317 1967 670.2 13.628 272.56 255.64 16.92 6.628 1968 652.3 12.783 255.66 255.64 0.02 0.019 1969 684.4 14.297 285.94 255.64 30.3 11.8510 1970 992.9 33.148 662.96 255.64 407.32 159.3311 1971 459.3 5.417 108.34 255.64 -147.3 -57.6212 1972 454 5.255 105.1 255.64 -150.54 -58.8913 1973 1097 41.248 824.96 255.64 569.32 222.714 1974 850 23.447 468.94 255.64 213.3 83.4415 1975 1116.5 42.841 856.82 255.64 601.18 235.1716 1976 725.1 16.322 326.44 255.64 70.8 27.717 1977 480.8 6.079 121.58 255.64 -134.06 -52.4418 1978 1216.6 51.618 1032.36 255.64 776.72 303.8319 1979 585.2 9.872 197.44 255.64 -58.2 -22.7720 1980 650.5 12.698 253.96 255.64 -1.68 -0.6621 1981 711.9 15.647 312.94 255.64 57.3 22.4122 1982 665.9 13.426 268.52 255.64 12.88 5.0423 1983 1036.6 36.404 728.08 255.64 472.44 184.8124 1984 651.6 12.75 255 255.64 -0.64 -0.2525 1985 822.6 21.767 435.34 255.64 179.7 70.2926 1986 645 12.437 248.74 255.64 -6.9 -2.727 1987 853.8 23.691 473.82 255.64 218.18 85.3528 1988 961.1 30.863 617.26 255.64 361.62 141.4629 1989 864.4 24.37 487.4 255.64 231.76 90.6630 1990 1173 47.745 954.9 255.64 699.26 273.5331 1991 767.4 18.627 372.54 255.64 116.9 45.7332 1992 795.8 20.213 404.26 255.64 148.62 58.1433 1993 697.2 27.448 548.96 255.64 293.32 114.7434 1994 479.8 6.048 120.96 255.64 -134.68 -52.6835 1995 790.8 19.926 398.52 255.64 142.88 55.8936 1996 758.6 18.139 362.78 255.64 107.14 41.9137 1997 648.3 12.593 251.86 255.64 -3.78 -1.4838 1998 1342.1 52.838 1056.76 255.64 801.12 313.3839 1999 670.7 13.652 273.04 255.64 17.4 6.8140 2000 861.9 24.21 484.2 255.64 228.56 89.41 28
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  • 31. National Seminar on Rainwater Harvesting and Water Management 11-12 Nov. 2006, Nagpur 7. Rain Water Harvesting and Recharging Ground Water *R. K. Parghane *S. P. Kulkarni **A.W. DhawaleINTRODUCTION : WATER AVAILABILITY : Water is the most important resource of the India receives precipitation (includingentire society as a whole, since no life is possible snowfall & rain) of around 4,000 billion cubicwithout water. As water, being a limited resource, metres (BCM), only 1,869 BCM is accessible water,its efficient use is basic to the survival of the ever of which India uses barely a third. Nearly 1,179increasing population of the world. In India, the BCM of water drains in to the sea. Region, whoseground water is mainly used for drinking and yearly renewable freshwater availability is belowagricultural purposes. About 85% of drinking water 1,700 m3/ person is called as the water stress available through dug well, bore well, filter point And the region whose yearly availability falls belowand tube well etc. The per-capital availability of 1,000 m3 / person is termed as water scarcity region.water at national level has reduced from about 5,177 But national figure of annual average per capitam3 in the year 1951 to present level of 1,869 m3. water availability is 2,464m3. It shows that theIn view of this, water management is very critical country is not in the water stress range so far.for the growth and development of any economy, However in some regions per capita availability ismore so in a large country like India which is as low as 411m3. (Kanyakumari, Pennar, Kutchh,endowed with many large rivers, lakes and wells Kathiawar, Krishna basin, etc. )that need to be conserved, better managed, recharged The run-off which is about 215 MHM needsand channellised for meeting the ever growing to be arrested by making proper planning on microrequirement of agriculture, industrial and urban level as well macro level. Microlevel means watergrowth. Moreover exploitation of ground water has conservation schemes of the state governmentsbeen taken up by millions of individual farmers which is to be implemented in every village. But onmostly in regions where surface water is either macro level, a large chunk of water must be arrestedscarce or absent to meet their dire water needs. by programme like national river – linking.Although this has lead to local depletion or decline Availability and utilization of water in India isof ground water levels causing serious concern about shown in table No.1 & Fig. No.1.rainwater harvesting & the need to recharge groundwater. The quantum of ground water so far harnessed Table No. 1is one third of the replenishable ground water of No. Item Quantity431 km3 a year. In the comprehensive strategy (Cu.Kms.)needed for the conservation and development of 1. Annual precipitation volumewater resources, several factors are to be kept in (including snowfall) 4,000view. These include the availability of water, its 2. Average annual potential flowquality, location, distribution and variation in its in rivers 1,869occurrence, climatic conditions, nature of the soil, 3. Per Capita Water availabilitycompeting demands & Socio-economic conditions. (1997) 1,967In dealing with each of these, every effort must be 4. Estimated utilizable water resources 1,122made to make the best use of water for the survival i) Surface water resources 690of human life, animal and plant life. ii) Ground water resources 432 * Civil Engg., Govt. Polytechnic, Nanded ** Civil Engg., Govt. Polytechnic, Washim 31
  • 32. The average annual precipitation is 400 million Hectare Metre (MHM) Evaporates Percolates Run - off 70 MHM 115 MHM 215 MHM Moist soils Enters into the ground water table 65 MHM 50 MHM Fig. 1 : Details of precipitation waterRAINWATER HARVESTING AND ITS have been depicted in the Fig.No.2, Fig.No.3, Fig.TECHNIQUES : No.4. Rain is the ultimate source of fresh waterwith the ground area around houses and buildingsbeing cemented, rain water which run–off fromterraces and roofs was draining into low-lying areasand percolating into the soil and causing floods elsewhere. Rainwater Harvesting is a system by which,rainwater that collects on the roofs and the areaaround buildings is directed into open wells, borewells, tube wells through a filter tank or in to apercolation chamber, built specifically to serve thepurpose. The rain water can be stored in tanks andcan be recharged in to the ground to improve groundwater storage. Fig. No. 2 Roof Top Rainwater Harvesting The storage of rainwater on surface is atraditional technique and the structures used wereunderground tanks, ponds, check dams, percolationwells, weirs etc. Recharge to ground water is a newconcept of rainwater harvesting.There are following three techniques of rainwaterharvesting.a) Storing rain water for direct use.b) Recharging ground water aquifers, from roof top run off.c) Recharging ground water aquifers with runoff from ground area. Fig. No. 3 Recharging of Bore well The techniques of rainwater harvesting 32
  • 33. Fig. No. 4 Recharging of Open wellWHY RAINWATER HARVESTING ? Following table shows how much roof To meet our water demand, we entirely water can be harvested by considering 80%depend upon rivers, lakes & ground water. However efficiency and according to roof top surface areas.the rain is the ultimate source that feeds all these Roof top Area (Sq.m)sources. The rainfall is highly seasonal and occurs Considering hypothetical case followingover a short rainy season with a very large dry calculations shows as to how much rain water canperiod. As a result, there is a progressive decrease be the ground water level. Hence, it should be Consider a building with a flat terrier area =admitted that rain water harvesting is essential 125 Sq.m.because. Average annual gainful in the area is say 1000i) Surface water is inadequate to meet our demand mm (40 inch) and we have to mostly depend on ground water. Suppose, there is no loss of water from theii) Due to rapid urbanization population growth terrace floor, then in one year, there will be and industrialization, improved sanitation, rainwater on the terrace floor to a height of living standard, infiltration of rain water into 1000mm. the sub-soil has decreased drastically and Height of rainfall = 1000 mm, Volume of recharging of ground water has diminished. rainfall = 125 x 1000= 1,25,000 litresiii) Over exploitation of ground water results in to- Assuming that only 80% water harvested.i) Ground water depletion. Volume of water harvested = 1,00,000 litres.ii) Drying up of wells / bore wells. A family of four needs 87,600 litres of wateriii) Enhance use of energy. per year. (@ 60 litres / person)iv) Ingress of sea water in coastal area. It is now alarming to seriously consider ARTIFICIAL GROUND WATERabout conserving water by harvesting and managing RECHARGE :this natural resource by artificially recharging the Optimum development and soundsystem. management practices are vital to the sustained use of ground water. Ground water recharge may beHOW MUCH RAIN WATER CAN BE increased by conservation measures and artificialHARVESTED FROM ROOF TOP ? recharge procedures. Artificial recharge to ground The estimation of water available from top water is a process by which the ground waterof roof (flat terrace) is worked out by multiplying reservoir is augmented at a rate exceeding thatthe roof area with normal rainfall data for monsoon obtaining under natural conditions of replenishment.period. Total quantity of rain water available from In general any man-made system or facility that addsroof top to be used for harvesting is about 70% to water to an aquifer is an artificial recharge system.90%, due to losses like evaporation, absorption, Artificial recharge of ground water is,leakages etc. therefore, preferred and encouraged in the present 33
  • 34. Roof Rain Fall (mm.) top Area 100 200 300 400 500 600 800 1000 (Sq.m) Harvested Water from Roof Top (Cum) @ 80% 20 1.6 3.2 4.8 6.4 8.0 9.6 12.8 16.0 30 2.4 4.8 7.2 9.6 12.0 14.4 19.2 24.0 40 3.2 6.4 9.6 12.8 16.0 19.2 25.6 32.0 50 4.0 8.0 12.0 16.0 20.0 24.0 32.0 40.0 60 4.8 9.6 14.4 19.2 24.0 28.8 38.4 48.0 70 5.6 11.2 16.8 22.4 28.0 33.6 44.8 56.0 80 6.4 12.8 19.2 25.60 32.0 38.4 51.2 64.0 90 7.2 14.4 21.6 28.80 36.0 43.2 57.6 72.0 100 8.0 16 24.0 32.0 40.0 48.0 64.0 80.0 150 12.0 24 36.0 48.0 60.0 72.0 96.0 120.0 200 16.0 32 48.0 64.0 80.0 96.0 128.0 160.0 250 20.0 40 60.0 80.0 100.0 120.0 160.0 200.0 300 24.0 48 72.0 96.0 120.0 144.00 192.0 240.0 400 32.0 64 96.0 128.0 160.0 192.0 256.0 288.0 500 40.0 80 120.0 160.0 200.0 240.0 320.0 400.0 1000 80 160 240 320 400 480 640.0 800.0 2000 160 320 480 640 800 960 1280.0 1600.0days, so as to augment the natural available During wet season, the W.T. rose by, 6-4.8underground yield for management of water supply = 1.2 m., Since 2m lowering of W.T. equals 2M.m3systems. Artificial recharging techniques is under of water, 1.2 m rise will equal to 1.2 M. m3 ofintensive research and is being increasingly used in recharge.France, Israel, U.K. Germany etc.Ex.- Estimation of DIVERSION OF RUN OFF IN TO EXISTINGi) The specific yield of the aquifer and SURFACE BODIESii) The volume of Recharge during the wet season. Construction activity in and around the city/Soln - town is resulting in the drying up of water bodiesConsider, the area of aquifer is 4 km2. and also reclamation of these tanks for conversionWater pummeled out in lowering W.T. i.e. in to plots for houses has impacted urban hydrologyVolume of water drained by 6.8-4.8 = 2m is 2 M.m3 as under.Total Volume of aquifer drained in lowering W.T. 1. Over consumption of water increases waterby 2 m demand. = Area x 2m 2. More dependence on ground water use. = 4x106x2m3 = 8M.m3 3. Increase in run off, decline in well yields and fall in water levels.Specific yield of aquifer S.Y. 4. Reduction in open soil surface area.Specific yield, S.Y.= Volume of water drained x 100 Reduction in infiltration and deterioration of Total volume of aquifer drained water quality. = 2Mm3 x 100 = 25% 8Mm3 34
  • 35. RECHARGING OF UNDERGROUND the permeability of the spread area and on the depthSTORAGE : of water stored, and is generally less, say of the order In order to store the surplus surface water of 1.5m/day, though rates as high as 22m/day havethe artificial surface reservoirs are constructed by been possible.building dams, in the summer, artificial undergroundreservoirs are now-a-days developed by artificial 2. Recharge-well Methods :recharge for storing water underground. This method consists in injecting the waterThe development of such a reservoirs may be in to bore holes called recharge wells. Dependingadvantageous as compared to the development of a upon the favorable condition of surface, the waterdam reservoir, because of the following reasons. is fed in to recharge wells by gravity or for increasingi) Much pure water can be obtained from an the recharge rate, it may be pumped under pressure. underground reservoir source. The recharge wells used are just like ordinaryii) No space is required for building such a production wells. In fact the ordinary wells are reservoir. many a times could directly used for recharge duringiii) The cost of building such a reservoir by the off season, when the water is not required in recharging the aquifers may be considerably use. With this method high recharge rates can be less than the cost of the surface reservoirs. obtained. This method is widely used in Israel. Moreover in an underground reservoir, the Moreover, this method may help in injecting water aquifer in which the water is stored shall itself in to the aquifers and also where it is most needed. act as a distribution system for carrying the To avoid clogging of the well screens, the water water from one place to another, and as such, used for recharging well should be free from the necessity of constructing pipe lines or suspended impurities. canals (as is required in a surface reservoir) is completely eliminated. 3. Induced Infiltration Method :iv) The water lost in evaporation from an This method is sometimes used for recharge underground reservoir is much less than the is that of the induced infiltration which is water lost from a surface reservoir. accomplished by increasing the water table gradientv) The raising of the water table by artificial from a source of recharge. In this method, Renney recharge may help in building pressure type wells are constructed near the river banks. The barriers to prevent sea water intrusion in the percolating water is collected in the well through coastal areas. radial collectors and is then discharged in to a lower level aquifer ‘B’ for storage as Shown in fig. No.5.METHODS OF RECHARGING : This types of well construction is very common in The below mentioned methods are being France and is sometimes referred to as Frenchgenerally adopted for ground water recharging. system of tapping underground water.1. Spreading Method. In addition to the above mentioned2. Recharge-well Method. methods, the recharge to ground water is3. Induced Infiltration Method. accomplished by using some of the structures are a) Pits : The pits have been constructed about 31. Spreading Methods : metres deep & 1 to 2 metres wide filled with This method consists in spreading the water boulders, gravel and coarse sand such typesover the surfaces of permeable open land and pits, of ponds are constructed for rechargingfrom where it directly infiltrates to rather shallow shallow aquifer.aquifers. In this method, the water is temporarilystored in shallow ditches or is spread over an open b) Trenches : Trenches are constructedarea by constructing low earth dykes (called subjected to the availability of permeablepercolation bunds). The stored water, slowly and stream at shallow depth. These trenches aresteadily, percolates downward so as to join the back filled with filter materials. The trenchesnearby aquifers. The recharging rate depends upon may be 0.5 to 1 metre wide, 1 to 1.5 meter 35
  • 36. increasing the available usable water by developing artificial rain technology. It is also of vital importance to conserve water by practicing economy and avoiding its wastage. However ground water exploitation is inevitable especially urban areas. To curtail its reduction, a strategy to implement the groundwater recharge, in a major way needs to be launched with concerted efforts by various Non-Governmental and Governmental agencies and the public at large, to increase the water table and make the groundwater resource, a reliable and sustainable source for supplementing water supply needs. It is about building our relationship with water and the environment. Harvest rain. Learn the prestigious value of each rain drop. REFERENCES : 1. Dr. S.V.Dahasahasra, Dr. Y.B.Katpatal & Dr.M.M.Mahajan, “National River – Fig. No.5 Induced infiltration method of Linking” Journal of CE & CR, May – 2004, recharge PP.26 – 34. 2. Eye Opener, “Rainwater Harvesting & Recharging Ground Water” enROUTE, JUL- deep and 10 to 20 meters long depending on DEC. 2005, Vol IX, PP. 16-17. the availability of water. 3. Kaushal Kishore, “Rainwater Harvesting”, CE & CR Journal, May 2004, PP.42-48.c) Dug wells : Existing dug wells may be 4. Dr. Pranab Kumar Ghosh, “Rain Water utilized as recharge structure and water should Harvesting – A Ray of Hope” Orissa Review, be allowed to pass through filter media before August 2004, pp. 38-40. storage. 5. Dr. Gauhar Mahmood & Sharshikant Chaudhary “A Comprehensive WaterCONCLUSION - Management Plan – A Case Study of The proper conservation, maintenance and Lakewood city, Harayana” Journal of Indiancareful use of water resources, along with Water Works Association, July – Sept. 2004,developing additional storages may considerably pp. 219-228.reduce the chance of water famines for further Santosh Kumar Garg, “Hydrology and Watergenerations to come. In addition to these measures, Resources Engineering” Khanna is necessary to find out means and ways for 36
  • 37. National Seminar on Rainwater Harvesting and Water Management 11-12 Nov. 2006, Nagpur 8. Artificial Recharge of Aquifers in Urban Setup *Mrs. Grace SelvaraniIntroduction The basic purpose of artificial recharge of To meet the growing water supply demand, we ground water is to restore supplies from aquifersare depending maximum on surface water, which is depleted due to excessive ground waterstored in the form of lakes and reservoirs. development.Availability and storage of water in reservoirs andlakes depends ultimately on yearly rainfall. If 1. Basic Requirements for Artificial Rechargerainfall is inadequate or if there is draughts for Projectssuccessive years, surface water bodies get consumed The basic requirements for recharging theand in such a case, we have no alternative than using ground water reservoir are:the ground water. Therefore we must guard against a) Source Water Availabilitythe depletion or spoiling of our most valuable Before undertaking any artificial rechargeground water storage. Natural conservation and project, it is a basic prerequisite to ascertain theefficient use of this natural storage and at the same availability of source water for the purpose oftime making arrangements for additional recharge recharging the ground water reservoir. Availabilityof ground water aquifer by one way or other, to of non-committed surplus monsoon runoff in spacereplenish the used ground water becomes our and time can be assessed by analysing the monsoonresponsibility. We should make maximum use of rainfall pattern, its frequency, number of rainy daysthe easily available normally wasted, local and maximum rainfall in a day and its variation inrenewable source of water that is rainwater. The space and time.effective way to store rainwater is by allowing it topercolate into ground by enriching ground water b) Identification of Areastorage. The artificial recharge projects are site specific The artificial recharge to ground water aims at and even the replication of the techniques fromaugmentation of ground water reservoir by similar areas are to be based on the local hydro-modifying the natural movement of surface water geological and hydrological environments. The firstutilizing suitable civil construction techniques. step in planning the project is to demarcate the areaArtificial recharge techniques normally address to of recharge. The artificial recharge of ground waterfollowing issues – is normally taken in following areas:(i) To enhance the sustainable yield in areas where 1. Areas where ground water levels are decliningover-development has depleted the aquifer on regular basis.(ii) Conservation and storage of excess surface 2. Areas where substantial amount of aquifer haswater for future requirements, since these already been de-saturated.requirements often changes within a season or a 3. Areas where availability of ground water isperiod. inadequate in lean months.(iii) To improve the quality of existing ground water 4. Areas where salinity ingress is taking place.through dilution.(iv) To remove bacteriological and other impurities 2. Scientific Inputsfrom sewage and waste water so that water is In order to plan the artificial recharge schemessuitable for re-use. following studies are needed. * Lecturer in Applied Mechanical Dept., M.H. Saboo & Siddik Polytechnic, Byculla, Mumbai - 8 37
  • 38. Hydro meteorological Studies Hydro meteorological Studies are undertakento decipher the rainfall pattern, evaporation lossesand climatological features. These can bring outthe extent of evaporation losses in post monsoonperiod which would be helpful in designing thestorages of particular capacity with a view to haveminimum evaporation losses. The data on rainfallintensity, number of rain-days, etc. help in decidingthe capacity and design of the artificial rechargestructures. Hydrological Studies For determining the source water availabilityfor artificial recharge, hydrological investigations Figure (1) Elements of RWH systemare required to be carried out in the Watershed/Sub-basin/basin where the artificial recharge schemesare envisaged. Hydrological studies are undertakento work out surplus monsoon run off which can beharnessed as source water for artificial recharge. Soil Infiltration Studies In case of artificial recharge through waterspreading methods, soil and land use conditionswhich control the rate of infiltration and downwardpercolation of the water applied on the surface ofthe soil assume special importance. These twophenomena are closely related since infiltrationcannot continue unimpeded unless percolation Figure (2) Components of Rooftop RWH systemremoves infiltrated water from the surface soil. Hydro geological Studies. ‘In situ’ precipitation will be available almost at A detailed hydro geological study providing every location but may or may not be adequate toinformation on regional hydro geological rock units, cause artificial recharge but the runoff goingtheir ground water potential and general pattern of unutilised outside the watershed/ basin can beground water flow and chemical quality of water in stored/ transmitted through simple rechargedifferent aquifers are necessary so as to know structures at appropriate locations. Various kindsprecisely the promising hydro geological units for of recharge structures are possible which can ensurerecharge and correctly decide on the location and that rain water percolates into the ground instead oftype of structures to be constructed in field. draining away from the surface. While some structures promote the percolation of water through Geophysical Studies soil strata at shallow depth (e.g. recharge trenches, The main purpose of applying geophysical permeable pavements) others conduct water tomethods for the selection of appropriate site for greater depths from where it joins the ground water.artificial recharge studies is mostly to help and (e.g. recharge wells). At many places, existingassess the unknown sub-surface hydro geological features like wells, pits, and tanks can be modifiedconditions economically, adequately and and be used as recharge structures, eliminating theunambiguously. Mostly it is employed to narrow need to construct any structures afresh.down the target zone, pinpoint the probable site for A few commonly used artificial rechargingartificial recharge structure and its proper design. methods are explained here. InnumerableConcept : innovations and combinations of these methods are possible. 38
  • 39. a. Direct surface techniques This is the most common method for artificial Flooding recharge. In this method, water is impounded in Basins or percolation tanks series of basins or percolation tank. The size of basin Stream augmentation may depend upon the topography of area, a flatter Ditch and furrow system area will have large basin. The most effective depth. of water in basin is 1.25 m because lesser or greaterb. Direct sub surface techniques depths resulted in reduced rate of infiltration. This Dug well/Bore well recharge method is applicable in alluvial area as well as hard Recharge pits /Recharge well rock formation. The efficiency and feasibility of this Percolation pit (Soak away) method is more in hard rock formation where the Recharge trenches rocks are highly fractured and weathered. Modified injection well Aquifer storage and recovery 3. Stream Augmentation Seepage from natural streams or rivers isc. Indirect Techniques one of the most important sources of recharge of Induced recharge from surface water source the ground water reservoir. When total water supply. available in a stream / river exceeds the rate ofd. Recharging Techniques to arrest sea water infiltration, the excess is lost as run off. This runintrusion off can be arrested through check bunds or widening the steam beds thus larger area is available to spreadI DIRECT METHODS the river water increasing the infiltration. The site selected for check dam should have sufficientA. SURFACE SPREADING METHODS thickness of permeable bed or weathered formation1. Flooding to facilitate recharge of stored water within short This method is suitable for relatively flat span of time. The water stored in these structures istopography. The water is spread as a thin sheet. It mostly confined to stream course and height isrequires a system of distribution channel for the normally less than 2 m. To harness maximum runsupply of water for flooding. Higher rate of vertical off, a series of such check dam may be constructed.infiltration is obtained on areas with undisturbedvegetation and sandy soil covering. 4. Ditch & Furrow system In areas with irregular topography ditches or2. Basin & Percolation Tanks furrow provide maximum water contact area for recharge. This technique consists of a system of shallow flat bottomed and closely spaced ditches / furrow which are used to carry water from source like stream /canals and provide more percolation opportunity. This technique required less soil preparation and is less sensitive to silting. Generally three pattern of Ditch & furrow system is adopted (i) lateral (ii) dendritic & (iii) contour. In area of low-transmissibility the density of ditch & furrow will be high. B. SUB-SURFACE METHODS Figure (3) Generalized cross-section of artificial (1) Artificial recharging of aquifers through recharge of groundwater using a surface bore well/dug well spreading technique. Figure (4) shows typical systems of recharging wells directly from rooftop runoff. 39
  • 40. Rainwater collected on the rooftop of the building Settlement tank :being diverted by drainpipes to a settlement or Settlement tanks are used to remove silt andfiltration tank, from which it flows into a recharge other floating impurities from rainwater. Awell (bore well or dug well). If a bore well is used settlement tank is like an ordinary storage containerfor recharging, then the casing of the bore well having provisions for inflow (bring water from theshould be preferably be slotted or perforated pipe, catchment), out flow (carrying water to the rechargeso that more surface area will be available for the well) and over flow. A settlement tank can have anwater to percolate unpaved bottom surface to allow standing water to percolate into the soil. Apart from removing silt from the water, the de-silting tank acts like a buffer is the system. In case of excess rainfall, the rate of recharge, especially of bore wells may not match the rate of rainfall. In such situations, the de-silting chamber holds the excess amount of water till it is soaked up the recharge structure. Design Parameters : Providing the following elements in the system can ensure the quality of water entering the recharging wells. 1. Filter mesh at entrance point of roof top drains. 2. Settlement Chamber. 3. Filter bed.Figure (4) Artificial recharging of aquifers through bore well/dug well Design parameters for settlement tank: For designing the optimum capacity of the tank following aspects have to be considered. Developing a bore well would increase its 1. Size of the catchmentsrecharging capacity. Developing is a process where 2. Intensity of rainfall.water or air is forced in to the well under pressure 3. Rate of loosen the soil strata surrounding the bore to make Since the de-silting tank also acts as a bufferit more permeable. tank, it is designed such that, it can retain certain If a dug well is used for recharging the well amount of rainfall, since the rate of recharge maylining should have openings, (weep holes) at regular not be comparable with the rate of runoff. Theintervals to allow seepage of water through the sides. capacity of the tank should be enough to retain theDug well should be covered to prevent mosquito runoff occurring from conditions of peak rainfallbreeding and entry of leaves and debris. The bottom intensity. In Mumbai, peak hourly rainfall is 90 mm.of recharge-dug wells should be de-silted annually (Based on 25 year frequency). The rate of rechargeto maintain intake capacity. It is preferred that the in comparison to runoff is critical factor. However,dug well or bore well used for recharging shall be since accurate recharge rates are not availableshallower than the water table. This ensures that without detailed hydro geological studies, the ratesthe water recharged through the well has a sufficient have been assumed. The capacity of recharge tankthickness of soil medium through which it has to is designed to retain runoff from at least 15 minutespass before it joins the ground water. Any old well, rainfall of peak intensity say 25 mm/hr.which has become dysfunctional, can be used forrecharging, since the depth of such well is above Suppose the following data is available,water level. Area of rooftop catchment (A) = 100 m2 Peak rainfall is 15 min (r) = 25 mm=0.025 m. 40
  • 41. Runoff coefficient, (C ) = 0.85Then capacity of the de-silting tank =A x r x C =100x 0.025 X 0.85 = 2.215 m3 (2125 lit).(2) Recharge pits : (Recharge well) Figure (7) Percolation pit in section A soak away is a bored hole of up to 30 cm diameter in the ground to a depth of 3 to 10 m. The soak away can be drilled with a manual auger unless Figure (5) Recharge pit Plan and section hard rock is found at a shallow depth. The borehole A recharge pit is a pit 1.5 m to 3 m wide and 2 can be left unlined if a stable soil formation likem to 3 m deep. The excavated pit is lined with a clay is present. In such a case, the soak away can bebrick/stone wall with (weep holes) at regular filled up with a filter media like brickbats or pebbles.intervals. The top area of the pit can be covered In unstable formations like sand, the soak awaywith a perforated cover to allow entry of rain water should be lined with PVC or M.S. pipe to preventrunoff. collapse of the vertical sides. The pipe may be slotted or perforated to promote percolation through(3) Percolation pit (soak away) : sides. (4) Recharge trenches : Figure (6) Percolation pit (photograph) Figure (8) Recharge trench in section 41
  • 42. Recharging through recharge trenches, (5) Modified injection wellrecharge pits and soak away is simpler compared to Injection techniques use wells to accomplishrecharge through wells. Fewer precautions have to artificial recharge. Injection wells usually placebe taken to maintain the quality of the rainfall runoff. water directly into a deep, confined aquifer whereFor these types of structures, there is no restriction surface spreading would usually not work. Injectionon the type of catchments from which water is to be wells also require maintenance to remove particles,harvested, (i.e.) both paved and unpaved catchments microbial growth, and chemical precipitates (solidcan be tapped. substances).Hence, modified injection wells are A recharge trench is simply a continuous preferred.trench excavated in the ground and refilled withporous media like pebbles, boulders or brickbats. Arecharge trench can be 0.5 m to 1m wide and1m to1.5m deep. The length of the recharge trench isdecided as per the amount of runoff expected. Therecharge trench should be periodically cleaned offthe accumulated debris to maintain the intakecapacity. In terms of recharge rates, recharge trenchesare relatively less effective since the soil strata atdepth of about 1.5 m is less permeable. To enhancethe recharge rate, percolation pits can be providedat the bottom of the trench.Design of a recharge trench : The methodology of design of a rechargetrench is similar to that for designing a settlementtank. The difference is that water holding capacityof recharge trench is less than the gross volumebecause it is filled with porous materials. A factorof loose density (voids ratio) of the media has to beapplied to the equation. Using the same method asused for design of settlement tank: Area of rooftop catchment (A) =100 m2Peak rainfall is 15 min. (r) = 25 mm (0.025 m)Runoff coefficient (C) = 0.85Voids ratio D = 0.5 (assumed)Required capacity of recharge tank= (A x r x C)/D Figure (9) Modified injection well= (100 x 0.025 x 0.85) / 0.5= 4.25 m3 (4250 liters) In this method water is not pumped into the The voids ratio of the filter material varies aquifer but allowed to percolate through a filter bed,with the kind of material used, but for the commonly which comprises sand and gravel. A modifiedused materials like brickbats, pebbles and gravel, a injection well is generally a borehole, 500 mmvoid ratio of 0.5 may be assumed. diameter, which is drilled to the desired depth In designing the recharge trench, the length depending upon the geological conditions,of the trench is an important factor. Once the preferably 2 to 3 m below the water table in therequired capacity is calculated as illustrated above, area. Inside this hole a slotted casing pipe of 200length can be calculated by considering a fixed depth mm diameter is inserted. The annular space betweenand width. 42
  • 43. the borehole and the pipe is filled with gravel and its path through the aquifer material before it isdeveloped with a compressor till it gives clear water. discharged from the pumping well.To stop the suspended solids from entering therecharge tube well, a filter mechanism is provided D. RECHARGING TECHNIQUES TOat top. ARREST SEA WATER INTRUSION The situation of over-extraction of ground(6) Aquifer Storage and Recovery water in coastal aquifers cause problem of seawater intrusion. The method that is used to control sea water intrusion is to use recharge well barriers through a line of injection tube wells driven parallel to the coast. This mechanism establishes a pressure ridge which pushes the saline front seawards. SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS Whether the harvested water is used for direct usage or for recharging ground water, it is of utmost importance to ensure that the rainwater collected is free of any pollutants that might be added to rainwater from the atmosphere or the catchment.Figure (10) Generalized cross-section of aquifer While polluted water directly used for consumptionStorage and Recovery would have an immediate impact on health, polluted water recharged into the ground would cause long Aquifer storage and recovery is a special type term problems of aquifer pollution. Damage doneof artificial recharge of groundwater that uses dual- to aquifers by recharging polluted water ispurpose wells for both injecting water into the irreversible.aquifer and recovering (withdrawing) it later. Most of the precautions to ensure rainwaterAlthough the intent of artificial recharge generally quality have been summarized to increase groundwater storage for later use, (1) At the catchment levelincidental activities such as excess irrigation, storm 8 Keeping the catchment cleanwater disposal, canal leakage, and leaking water 8 Using gratings to trap debris at the catchmentpipes may also result in artificial recharge. Artificial itselfrecharge and aquifer storage and recovery are 8 Paving the catchment with ceramic tiles stonevaluable water management tools that effectively tile or other such non erosive materialshelp to offset increased demands for water. (2) At the conduit level.II INDIRECT METHODS 8 Provision for first flush to drain off from initialC. INDUCED RECHARGE spell of rain It is an indirect method of artificial rechargeinvolving pumping from aquifer hydraulically (3) Before recharging.connected with surface water such as perennial 8 Allowing for sedimentation of waterstreams, unlined canal or lakes. The heavy pumping 8 Filtering the waterlowers the ground water level and cone ofdepression is created. Lowering of water levels In establishments like industries it is veryinduces the surface water to replenish the ground necessary to ensure that the catchments surfaces arewater. This method is effective where stream bed is free of chemical wastes, fuels, lubricants etc.Whileconnected to aquifer by sandy formation. physical and biological impurities in water can be The greatest advantage of this method is that easily removed by de-sedimentation and filtration,under favourable hydro geological situations the it is very difficult to remove chemical impurities.quality of surface water generally improves due to 43
  • 44. SCALE OF WATER HARVESTING: To control the total amount of runoff received Most methods described here are applicable at by a large-scale system, the catchment can bea singular building or establishment level. However, subdivided into smaller parts. A locality-level waterthe same principles can be applied for implementing harvesting system illustrated in figure shows howwater harvesting at a larger scale, say, a residential the runoff from individual houses can be dealt withcolony or an institutional cluster. To an extent, the at the building-level itself, while remaining runoffnature of structures and design parameters remain from the storm water drain (which drains water fromthe same; the physical scale and number of roads and open areas) can be harvested bystructures may increase corresponding to the size constructing recharge structures in common areasof catchment. Figure (11) Tapping storm water drains in a community level system References: 1. ‘A Water Harvesting Manual’ Published by Centre for Science and Environment 2. ‘Guide on Artificial Recharge to Ground Water’ Published by Central Ground Water Board, Ministry of Water Resources 3. web site 4. 5. 44
  • 45. National Seminar on Rainwater Harvesting and Water Management 11-12 Nov. 2006, Nagpur 9. The Scope of Rainwater Harvesting in Urban Areas *Sandip. H. Deshmukh **Prof. R. B. Magar Abstract : A project is being undertaken for the feasibilty study of RainWater Harvesting for the buildings in the premises of Fr.Agnel Technical Education Complex, Vashi. The research is being carried out as a part of one of the objectives of Agnel Seva Ashram, ‘Save Electricity & WaterAbhiyan’ (SEWA ). In a city like Mumbai, where the ground surface is heavily concretised, the main way to harvest rainwater is to tap the water falling on the terraces of buildings. Thus, in residential or commercial buildings, the pipes on terraces should be connected not to the BMC drains but to a recharge well or recharge pit. This process is termed ‘recharging’ the groundwater. The same bore well or tube well then can be used for pumping out the groundwater. Key words : Aquifer, Recharging, Catchments Area, Average annual rainfall.1. INTRODUCTION an area of more than 1,000 square metres to install The rapid development in science and a rainwater harvesting system that will tap thetechnology in the world has brought the countries terrace water and make it flow to a bore well.closer to each other and the world has become a The BMC will henceforth supply such buildingsglobal village. ‘Vasudeiva Kutumbakam’ (The world only 90 liters/person/day for drinking, cooking, wherethe one family) is the need of the day. The integrated as they are expected to derive another 45 liters/world is the new concept which Acharya Vinobaji person/day from rain water for flushing of toiletsBhave had given in his slogan of ‘Jay Jagat’ long and other not potable uses.While many builders haveback in the same context. only recently and grudgingly started implementing However as we see our country progressing in BMC’ s directive, it will come as a surprise to manythe global market there is increase in the suicides that the costs of doing it are not that high.of Indian farmers every year. Today, it is theresponsibility of engineers in all the disciplines to 2. THE PRINCIPLE OF RAINWATERcome together to provide them with possible HARVESTINGalternatives to cope up with the problems of Rainwater falling on the ground is absorbedenvironmental imbalances and scarcity of proper by the earth and it constitutes the groundwater. Thisknowledge to adjust with the weather uncertainties. water is stored amidst the loose soil and hard rocks On the other side, there are urban cities which beneath the earth’s surface just as sponge storesare over-flooded with the population and finding the water. Just as the water can be sucked out of adifficulties like inadequate supply of municipal water. sponge, so can groundwater be sucked out fromEven though Bombay Municipal Corporation is in beneath the earth through bore wells. All this candenial of a water crisis, since October 2002 it has happen only if the rainwater is allowed to touch themade it mandatory for all new constructions covering loose earth. Extreme urbanisation in a city like *Asst.Professor **Sr.Lecturer Fr. Agnel Technical Education Complex, Sector 9A, Vashi, Navi Mumbai 400703. E-mail:, 45
  • 46. Mumbai has meant that at least three-fourths of the This will consolidate our methodology & validate thecity’s surface area has been developed, that is, procedure. The simple formula to find the watercovered in hard concrete by way of buildings and harvesting potential is given below in Fig.1.roads. The BMC’s extensive drainage system in theform of big nullahs and small arterial gutters is 3.1 RWH for Indian Woman Scientistsdesigned to ensure that rainwater does not Associationaccumulate on the roads and buildings. It is another The site of the construction is located atmatter that nullahs and gutters get choked with Plot.No.20, Sector 10A of Vashi, Navi Mumbai. Ingarbage and silt and many areas of Mumbai still this site both the methods of rainwater harvestingexperience flooding. But even this flooded water i.e. storage and recharge is proposed. The site fallscannot seep in through the hard concrete. Which is in a deccan trap terrain with top layer covered withprimarily why one needs to devise techniques that clay.can make the rainwater seep into the earth. It is alsonecessary to ensure that only reasonably pure 3.1.1 Recharging underground aquifersrainwater goes into the ground, or else there is a The roof water from the top through the raingrave risk of contamination of groundwater. The water pipes can be collected by series of chambersdifferent techniques to make rainwater seep into the with interconnected pipes and diverted to theground, which otherwise would not happen recharge well. The evaluation of rainwaternaturally, is known as ‘rainwater harvesting’. harvesting potential is done by the method shown In a city like Mumbai, where the ground the Fig.1.surface is heavily concretised, the main way to The collection chambers are designed to be ofharvest rainwater is to tap the rainwater falling on 0.5 m x 0.5m x 0.5m in size and the interconnectingthe terraces of buildings. The idea is to prevent this pipes are of 6 inches in diameter.water from running off in BMC’s drains and divert The recharge well is of 2m x 1.5m x2m in size,it to bore wells or storage tanks. Thus, in residential and the recharge bore of 20m depth. This rechargeor commercial buildings, the pipes on terraces well can be filled with filtering materials consistingshould be connected not to the BMC drains but to a of layer of pebbles and sand each of 0.3m inbore well. This process is also termed as ‘recharging’ thickness. In the recharge well a recharge bore wellthe groundwater. The same bore well is then used of 6 inch diameter of 50m depth should be drilledfor pumping out the groundwater for use. using air compressor. A slotted casing pipe of 1m length should be3. THE PROJECTS DONE ON RWH IN provided inside the recharged well. This slotted pipe MUMBAI will be wrapped with coir rope to prevent the entry Let us have a short survey on the projects on of fine silt into the recharge bore well. The cost forRWH done in the past in Mumbai & near by area. recharge well including collection chambers and interconnecting pipes is Rs.30, 000. Fig.1 : Evaluating Roof Top Rainwater Harvesting Potential 46
  • 47. Fig. 2 : Design & Estimate of Recharge Well3.1.2 Trench cum percolation pit : The surface be used for recharge purpose by constructing tworunoff from the drive way, lawn and the part of the percolation chambers of 0.5m x 0.5x 0.5m in sizeroof water normally flows to the road would be with a recharge bore of 10m depth of 6 inchharvested by constructing a collection trench diameter. The collection chamber can be providedmeasuring 2.5m length,0.5m width and 0.75 m with pebbles for filtering purpose. Two numbers ofdepth. This will be covered with a metal grill for trench cum percolation pits will be constructed ineasy vehicular movement. The runoff collected will two gates and the total cost will be Rs 40,000. 47
  • 48. Fig. 3 : Trench cum Percolation Pit3.1.3 Storage tank system: The rainwater can be 3.2 RWH proposal for Anoopam Missionstored in a sub surface concrete tank below ground Centre, Kharghar :level and will be used for flushing purpose. This Another case study was observed to be carriedsump can be either in addition to the existing tanks out for Anoopam Mission Centre, Kharghar, andor if the drinking water is stored in separate tank, Navi Mumbai.the rainwater can be directly routed to existing The options for RWH proposed a) Storage ofstorage tanks through filtration chamber.As per our Rainwater b) Recharging Underground Aquifersobservation the association has routed the complete The Average Annual Rainfall in the region is 2250roof water to the existing storage tank of capacity mm with Runoff coefficient 0.85 (as per CSE).50,000 litres through a filtration chamber of size Catchment’s Area & Potential Rainwater1m x 1m x 1m.The first flush device is a diversion Quantity :valve of 3 inch size. The initial rooftop rainwater Consider the Terrace (Roof top) Area as thewith silt is flushed out to the sew age drain. minimum catchment’s area available: 656 Sq.m. Then the filtered water from the filtering tank Quantity of Water available =656sq.m x 2.250x0.85is connected to the storage tank. The cost of =1254.6m3 =12, 54, 600 Litres/4mothsconstructing the storage tank along with first flush, Assuming 50 days of the rainy days per yearfiltering tank & interconnecting pipes is 72,000/- the Harvestable Water per day =25,092L/day Fig. 4 : Design of Storage Tank Design 48
  • 49. Water Requirements /day (Min): buildings, Ekta Woods of Ekta Shelters Builder at 50 Residents @ 135 L/ h /day =6,750L Borivli (East), having three wings of eight floors 60 Day staff or Personnel @ 45L/h/day =2,700L each and four flats on each floor, the rainwater 1000 Visitors @15L/h/day =15,000L harvesting system was in the final stage of Total Flushing Requirements = 11,100L /day construction. A casual enquiry with the site-Garden Requirements = 680 Sqm @ 4L/sq.m supervisor revealed that its total cost was about Rs= 2,720 L /day 300,000. When you average it out across theTotal Water Requirements =27,170 L /day collective 96 flats in the three wings it worked out to just Rs 3,100 per flat which is just 0.17 per cent The harvested rainwater can be used for of the average cost of a flat of Rs. 18,00,000.flushing and gardening purposes. The rain waterfrom the terrace is to be routed to an underground 4. THE PROJECT ON RWH ATRainwater Storage Tank though a silt trap & 2 Fr. A. T. E. COMPLEX :filtering tanks each of 1mx 1mx1m size with a A project is being undertaken for the feasibilityfacility for bypass or overflow into Cidco Storm study of Rainwater Harvesting for the buildings inWater Drain or Nallah. The terrace and filter media the premises of Fr. Agnel Technical Educationneeds to be cleaned before letting water into tank Complex, Vashi. The research is being carried outand mesh filter should be provides at the rainwater as a part of the one of the objectives of Agnel Sevapipe inlet. No fertilizers or pesticides should be Ashram (ASA) as to ‘Save Electricity & Waterallowed to enter the system. Thus with the above Abhiyan’(SEWA).data a suitable size of the tank can be arrived. 4.1 Factors Influencing RWH potential:3.3 RWH in Urban Housing Societies There are various factors which are influencing3.3.1 Potential and estimate of installing RWH potential. Rainwater harvesting is catchingrainwater harvesting in a 12-year old building in rainwater, when and where it falls for the use. ItKandivli : can be done in two ways, either by diverting it into In the Coronet Co-op. Housing Society, tanks, ponds etc or as ground water by injecting intoLokhandwala Township, Kandivli there are two the soil aquifers.wings of seven floors each and four flats on eachfloor. That means the total flats are 56 with the area The choice of the system depends onof terrace equal to 360 sq. m. • Geography of area, topographical features of Assuming the average yearly rainfall in the site etc.Bombay of 2 metre high per sq. m. • Ecological and climate conditions The harvestable rainwater volume: 360 sq.m x • Rainfall available at the site2m x 0.85 = 612 (cu. m.) = 612,000 litres • The rainfall Pattern One-time estimated cost of installing a • Site characteristics like type of catchments,rainwater harvesting system is evaluated as shown runoff coefficient of sitebelow: For 50-250ft deep bore well : Rs 45,000 to Rs 4.2 Benefits Projects on RWH:60,000 1. It is an attempt to make a standby arrangement Settlement tank and filtration tank: Rs 15,000 or emergency supply services for the water needsto 30,000 adjacent to bore well of the complex. Piping work: Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000 2. Rain water harvesting replenishes the ground============================================== water table and enables the dug wells and bore wells Total cost : Rs 75,000 to Rs 1, 10,000 to yield in a sustained manner. (Average cost per flat = Rs 1350/- to 1965/-) 3. If ground water is brackish, harvesting will ============================================== reduce the salinity of water. Flooding of low lying3.2.2 RWH for Ekta Woods : In the month of areas and roads can be avoided to a large extent,February 2006 it was observed that a new group of since rain water that is not harvested both within 49
  • 50. the house as well as out side is responsible for Plan B : To dig a trench of 3m deep and 1m wideflooding. along the inside portion of the compound wall and4. Rain water harvesting can be used for irrigation fill it with HDPE (High Density Poly Ethylene)purpose. Film and clay along the length of the wall of the5. It promotes conjunctive use of river, rain campus as shown in the fig 6. This will not allowground, and sea and sewage water. the saline sea water to drip into the soil of6. It prevents unsustainable exploitation of the Fr.A.T.E.C.campus. Then using the bore wells ofaquifer. 15m to 18m deep we will pump out the existing7. It ensures efficiency, economy and equity in the saline water from the soil creating the voids whichwater use through co-operative management of can be recharged with the rainwater. Using thewater sheds and command area. recharge well technique we will fill the underground aquifers with the rainwater collected from the roof4.3 The various plans of RWH : tops as shown in Fig 7. Then we can take two• Plan A : The first option is to utilize the three additional bore wells to retrieve this stored waterexisting water tanks of fire fighting system of during non monsoon season. The care should becapacity 1,52,400 liters (50800*3) to fill the taken that we pump less quantity of water than whatrainwater collected from the roof top. We can route we will recharge. We are also trying to constructthe rainwater pipes of the BalBhavan & Boy’s hostel open well instead of bore well if it is feasible.Building to these tanks through properinterconnected pipes, Devas filters and filtrationchambers. These two buildings have got rain waterharvesting potential per year of 16,25,630 liters. Theyearly flushing requirement for the two building peryear is 71,35,750 liters (considering 85litresconsumption per day per capita excluding drinkingwater requirement). There is one more tank of capacity 1,020,50liters which can be used for drinking purpose. Thereis a provision to divert the BMC water supply tothis tank with a flow control valve to fill the otherthree tanks if these tanks remain empty. One of the water pumps would be pumpingthe water from these three interconnected tankssupplying water to the buildings of Boy’s hostel &BalBhavan for flushing. Fig. 5 : Routing rainwater to the storage tanks Fig.6 Compound Wall of HDPE Film 50
  • 51. • Plan C : The third plan is most assured way of • Plan D : In this plan we are planning to mountgetting the rain water collected from the roof tops. loft tanks wherever necessary in staff quarters. TheThis includes collecting the water from the rooftops rainwater pipes can be routed to these tanks fittedinto underground tanks or open wells designed in the houses. These tanks can be interconnected inaccording to rooftop area and the average annual such a way that, once the tank on the upper floor israin fall. full, water starts filling the tank on the adjacent This plan has limitations of high initial lower floor. These tanks can be used only to storeinvestment cost of constructing tanks of Rs.1000/- water for flushing purpose.per m 3 and regular maintenance of the filters.However this is the most ensured way of getting 5. PILOT STUDY FOR DIFERENT PLANSthe rainwater during the no monsoon season. Withproper filtration system incorporated we can even 5.1 PLAN A:use rainwater stored in these tanks for drinking Total Catchments area of = 530 + 320 = 850 m2purpose. Boy’s Hostel and BalBhavan Average annual rainfall = 2.25 m in Navi-Mumbai Total quantity of Harvestable Water = 850 X 2.25 = 1912.5m3 Considering 15% losses = 1912.5 X 0.85 = 1625.625 m3 (For four months) Total quantity of water available = 16, 25,625 L (By considering 50 Rainy days) Quantity of harvestable water = 32,512.5 L / Day. Assuming the requirement of 85L /capita/day The total requirement of water for = 230X85x365 Fig.7 Recharging bore well with = 19,550L/day = 19.55 m3 /Day =136.85m3/Week Wall of HDPE Film both the buildings. Fig. 8 : Rainwater Harvesting for Bal Bhavan Building 51
  • 52. As mentioned earlier, we have decided to Then the total volume of 450m3 rain water can beroute the rainwater pipes of the BalBhavan & Boy’s harvested by the method of under ground storagehostel buildings to the existing three tanks of fire water tank.fighting system of capacity 50,800L each through This will be sufficient for 450/37.5=12 daysproper interconnected pipes, filters and filtration of non monsoon season saving the equivalent costchambers. The total size of water that can be stored of Rs.4,950/- per Year.will be 1,52,400L i.e.152.4 m3.This will be quitesufficient for weekly storage of rainwater 136.85m3during rainy season. Also after the monsoon thiswater will be sufficient for 152.4/19.55 = 8 daysduring summer season. Fig. 9 Rainwater Harvesting Fig.10 Rainwater Harvesting of Fr. Agnel Degree for Boys Hostel Building &Diploma Buildings5.2 PLAN C:Total catchments area = 2500 sq. m. 5.3 PLAN B :Average annual rainfall = 2.25 m We are trying to implement this plan by first in Navi-Mumbai doing hydro geological investigation and estimatingTotal quantity of Harvestable = 2500 x 2.25 the rough estimate of construction of gravel pack = 5,625 m3 ring well cum bore well. This is necessary to beWater carried out in order to identify points or locationsConsidering 15% losses = 5625 x 0.85 for ground water development. As per the quotation = 4,781.25 m3Total quantity of water available = 47, 81,250 L(For four months) (By considering 50 Rainy days)Quantity of Harvestable water = 95,625 L / Dayavailable per dayAssuming the requirement of 15L /capita/dayThe total requirement of water = 2500 x 15 =37,500L/day = 37.5m3 /Day If we design and construct two tanks of size15m length X 5m Width X 3m depth having thetotal Area = 225m3 Fig.11 A open tank constructed with HDPE film 52
  • 53. from one of the consultants the assessment cost will the trench. The rate of excavation depends on thebe Rs 7,500/- strata below the ground. After this assessment we will be able toconclude whether we can take open well or not. Also 5.4 OBSERVATION TABLESthe estimate for one gravel pack ring well cum bore After carrying out the pilot study we have madewell given including all taxes is 1,53,210/-. For a observation Table 1, comparing the waterprotection against the saline water to enter inside harvesting potential of each building with the annualthe soil of the complex, HDPE film of gauge 500 water requirement .This also facilitate cost benefitmicron can be used as imperious film in the trench analysis of the project. Also Table 2 shows the roughthat we are going to excavate .The cost of the film estimate of the particulars of Plan A which very soonis around Rs.50 per m2. We have to calculate the we have decided to area required and the quantity of excavation of NO. PARTICULAR ITEM UNIT RATE / UNIT TOTAL QNTY. TOTAL COST I PVC PIPES 1 DIA.100mm m 155 28.22 4374.1 2 DIA.120mm m 165 56.6 9339 3 DIA.140mm m 175 29.92 5236 4 DIA.150mm m 180 15.9 2862 5 DIA.160mm m 185 18.5 34225 II DEVAS FILTER - 600 7 4200 III ELBOWS 45° ANGLE - 100 7 700 IV 1 EXACUVATION m3 150 17.89 2683.5 2 P.C.C. m3 15000 1.19 1785 3 BRICK WORK m3 1400 7.45 10430 TOTAL RATE : 55,469.10/- 53
  • 54. Fig.12 Fr. Agnel Technical Education Complex, Vashi6. FURTHER STUDIES IN PROGRESS We have decided to first implement Plan A which involves designing the interconnecting pipes withDEVAS filters. The rain pipes will be connected to main pipeline through these filters that are costingapproximately Rs. 600/- each. The following figure shows the DEVAS filters which can be manufacturedeasily from PVC pipes and sands of various sizes. The crucial factor is soil assessment and determination inwhat way we can recharge and retrieve the rainwater. This will be the area of our further research. Fig.13 : Manufacturing of Devas Filters for Water Purification 54
  • 55. 7. CONCLUSION and FUTURE SCOPE and flats, complexes since it makes us more self As per our Vedic scriptures the Great Saint sufficient and less dependent on government for ourParashara says requirements of fresh water. Let us make a sincere|| Annam Hi Dhanya Sanjatam, Dhanyanm Krishya attempt to harvest rainwater falling on both rooftopVina Na Ch || as well as the open area all around our homes toTasmad Sarvam Parityajya, Krushim Yatnen prevent any further deterioration of ground waterKarayet ||1|| source.|| Vrustimula Krushi Sarva, Vrushti Mulam ChJeevanam || 8. REFERENCESTasmadadau Prayatnen,Vrushti dhnyanam • Anil Agarwal, Available from: http://Samacharet ||2|| Accessed: 2006-07-“Which means we get food from grains.Without 23doing farming we can not get grains. Therefore • Sunita Narain & Rahul Ranade (2003). A Waterleaving every thing aside we should do harvesting. Harvesting Manual, Centre For Science AndAs the root of agriculture is in the rains, life is Environment, New Delhidependent on rains. Therefore we should very • M. Jacob, (2005), ‘Technical Report for rainwatermeticulously study the rains” harvesting’, Navi Mumbai • Gopal Chandorkar (2005). Parjanya Mapan va Thus in the direction of his guidance we march Purva Anuman, Proceedings of Traditional Wisdomforward to get more and more knowledge about rain in Water Management, pp. 96-101, A Nationalharvesting and water management. We should feel Conference at Nasik, October 2005, The Indianproud of harvesting rainwater in our own houses Council for Water & Culture, Aurangabad “WATER SCARCITY DIVIDE PEOPLE….. ….. RAINWATER HARVESTING UNITES THEM”. 55
  • 56. National Seminar on Rainwater Harvesting and Water Management 11-12 Nov. 2006, Nagpur 10. Measures for Water Conservation and Improvement in Water Quality *R. S. Goel **V. B. Patel ABSTRACT Safe water supply and environmental sanitation are vital for protecting the environment, improving health and alleviating poverty. According to the World Bank estimates, water pollution accounts for about 60% of the major annual environmental costs in India. Availability of water in India is under tremendous stress due to growing population, rapid urbanization, increase in per-capita consumption, industrial growth and other demands for maintaining ecology. It is to be stressed that non-development of water storage projects is not a viable or available option; due to the large temporal variations in river flows in Indian monsoonic climate. Integrated water management is most vital for poverty reduction, environmental sustenance and sustainable economic development in India because water has the potential for both disease causation and prevention. This article highlights the challenges in supplying the qualitative water for the bulging requirements of water for various uses in our highly populated country and suggests measures to overcome the serious crisis. The article would help the policy planners, municipal agencies and professional societies to properly focus and channelise their energy for integrated water resources development and management. Keywords- water quality, water management, wastewater, reuse, recycle,INTRODUCTION become a serious problem. Safe water supply and It is estimated that 80% of all diseases and over environmental sanitation are vital for protecting the1/3 rd of deaths are caused by consumption of environment, improving health and alleviatingcontaminated water and on an average as much as poverty. Unless facilities for the treatment of1/10th of each person’s productive time is sacrificed domestic sewage and industrial effluents are manifoldto water related diseases. India supports 1/6th of the increased, the increasing pollution load due toworld’s population on 1/50th of world’s land with urbanization will further deteriorate the quality ofmeager 1/25th of the world’s water resources. Due water bodies. Preserving the quality and theto the indiscriminate discharge of untreated sewage availability of the freshwater resources is the mostand industrial effluents into natural water bodies, the pressing of the many environmental challenges onquality of surface water as well as ground water is the national horizon. It is imperative that conservation,deteriorating in India. Deteriorating water quality has recycle, reuse of precious water and proper *Former Vice-President, Indian Water Resources Society, Former Convenor of Programmes, Water Management Forum, Convenor, Coordination Committee, Water Related National Professional Societies, Chief Engineer, Narmada Tapi Basin Organisation, Central Water commission, Sector 10 A, Gandhinagar (Gujrat) – 382043 E-mail -**Vice-President, Indian Water Resources Society, Former Chairman, Central Water Commission, Former Chairman,Board of Governors, Water Management Forum, Co-chairman, Coordination Committee, Water Related NationalProfessional Societies, 128, Manekbaug Society, Ambawadi,Ahmedabad–38 00 52 E-mail - 56
  • 57. treatment of waste are given serious attention for terms, but also the cost that other communities havesustainability of built environment for our highly to incur in terms of opportunity lost by not using thepopulated country. water. The measure for water conservation should include metering of supplies as a matter of policyCONCENTRATED WATER NEEDS DUE TO and increase in tariff rate on a sliding scale. Use ofRAPID URBANIZATION treated effluents, in place of filtered water for During last 50 years the share of urban horticulture and large gardens, and fitting of waste-population in the country has increased from 14% to not taps on public stand-posts to avoid wastage of33%. During the last fifty years the population of water should be encouraged.India has grown two and half times, but Urban Indiahas grown by nearly five times. India’s population WASTEWATER GENERATIONhas already crossed 1 billion mark and it has been Between years 2000 and 2050 freshwaterassessed that the urban population may reach 50% withdrawals by urban areas will rise from anof the total population by the middle of this century, estimated minimum of about 15 BCM to a projectedas against about 33% at present. Already there is maximum of about 60 BCM. About 80 percent willacute shortage of drinking water supply in cities like be returned as polluted wastewater to nearby surfaceBangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Chennai water bodies. This will result in massive pollution ofand water is being transmitted long distance to cater fresh surface water resources. A large part of theto the needs. Between years 2000 and 2050 sewage in most of the municipalities is still flowingfreshwater withdrawals by urban areas will rise into the aquatic environment without any treatment,from an estimated minimum of about 15 BCM to a thereby increasing the oxygen demand in shrinkingprojected maximum of about 60 BCM. Options like water bodies and increasing the bacterial load ofwatershed management, rainwater harvesting, water, the main cause of water borne diseases.groundwater exploitations, which create spatially Discharge of untreated domestic waste water isdistributed resources, are unable to meet these predominant source of pollution of aquatic resourcesconcentrated demands. Supply of safe drinking water in India. Urban centers contribute more than 25%to such a large urban population besides meeting the of the sewage generation in the country. The smallercommercial, industrial, cattle and recreational towns and rural areas do not contribute significantpurposes is proving a Herculean task and calls for amounts of sewage due to low per capita watercreating concentrated sources of water to meet the supply. Waste water generated in these areasconcentrated demands. normally percolates in the soil or evaporates. Owing to the indiscriminate discharge of untreated sewageWATER CONSERVATION and industrial effluents into natural water bodies, the Water Conservation has three broad quality of surface water as well as ground water isconnotations; maximum storage of rainwater, deteriorating. A result of this is that the principaleconomical and optimal use including prevention of drinking water supply sources of cities and townswastage/ leakage and multiple use – Reuse and are becoming polluted of which is increasingRecycling. In urban water supply almost 30 to 40% considerably the cost of water treatment.of the water is wasted through the distribution Even in the mega cities namely Mumbai,system. In Industrial sector also, there is a scope of Calcutta, Delhi and Chennai; wherein about two thirdeconomy in use of water. Public awareness should of the total wastewater of 23 metro cities isbe generated through a massive campaign of generated, the waste management is highlycommunication through all available media and by unsatisfactory despite the huge infrastructure andthe utility management itself setting an example for paraphernalia due to many socio-political andconservation. All urban dwellers should be made managerial problems. Of the wastewater generatedaware of the source from which water is being in Class I cities, 12 metropolitan cities accounted forbrought to the city and from which additional water about 65 percent. Mumbai and Delhi generated morewill have to be brought in the future. They should wastewater than that generated in all the Class IIbe aware of the costs involved, not only in financial cities together. About 80% of about 20% collected 57
  • 58. wastewater in these cities was receiving primary or especially during lean season for various diverse usesprimary and secondary treatment. Further, out of the has greatly diminished the dry flows in streams. Towastewater generated in Class II cities, only 5% reverse this situation, moderation of floods andwas being collected and only 2% was receiving some increasing the dry season flows is imperative. Thekind of treatment. Almost all the wastewater was increasing discharge of domestic and industrialbeing disposed in the rivers and agricultural lands, wastes has also led to the contamination of groundaffecting surface and ground water; creating highly water, making it unfit for human consumption atalarming situation. many places. In some regions, over-exploitation of The major water polluting industries are leather, ground water has led to salinity ingress and severesugar, distilleries, paper and pulp, chemicals, iron and depletion of ground water accentuated by lowsteel, and metal plating. A large part of industrial recharge capabilities. For small scale sector, awater pollution is caused by small-scale units. The scheme titled Common Effluent Treatment Plantintegration of proper water supply, recycling and (CETP) has not been uniformity successful asreuse of water, roof water harvesting and adequate different units within the same complex releasesanitation facilities in all cities and bigger towns is different types of effluents which cannot be treatedabsolutely vital for revival and maintaining the through a single technology. More important, poolingintegrity and purity of rivers eco-system. In the 8th of resources for this common cause has not foundfive-year plan 24 highly polluted stretches in rivers favour with small scale & cottage industry.of 16 states were identified and Ganga Action PlanPhase I & II were launched which were later on Waste Water Generation from Different typesintegrated into National River Conservation Plan. of Industries and Possible ReuseFocus of the River Action Plans has been on sewagewith very little success with regard to the other two Industry Average Volume of Possibleforms of water pollution viz., industrial pollution and Wasteland per Unit Percentagricultural run off. of Product Reuse Thermal Power 155 kl./hr/MW 98SURFACE WATER POLLUTION Plant About 75% of domestic water supplies from Pulp & Paper 250 kl./tonne 50urban areas come back as return flow, deteriorated Iron and steel 150 kl./1000 lit/tonne 40in quality due to organic, chemical and bacterial Pharmaceutical 4.5 kl./tonne 40pollution. Even though, drains and rivers have beenfunctioning as waste disposal channels from time Distillery 15 lit/lit of alcohol 25immemorial; but the pollution load in earlier times Textile 250 lit/kg cloth 15was within the self-purification capacity of these Tannery 34 lit/kg of raw hides 12streams. Due to the bulk of discharge of effluentswith very heavy doses of impurities of the modern The main challenge lies in devising instruments,day world which are mostly untreated, the pollution which make it attractive for corporate sector toload is now manifold and beyond the self-purification conserve and recycle water by adopting less watercapacity of the rivers. Analysis of water quality data intensive processes and encourage material recovery.for 1997 reveals that Gujarat tops in chemical The direct regulation of the “Command and controlpollution, followed by Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Type” has not worked due to weaknesses inTamilnadu , Uttar Pradesh and Punjab. The worst enforcement coupled with low level of penalty.affected states in terms of presence of coliform Under regulation of this kind, perceived benefit frombacteria in water, are Uttar Pradesh, Gujrat, conservation must be more than the cost ofTamilnadu and Assam. In terms of BOD values compliance.Kerala is at the bottom and Maharashtra at the top(most polluted). GROUND WATER POLLUTION Many of the modern water pollutants are non- Regulation and conservation of ground waterbiodegradable. Greater abstraction of water, present technical and administrative difficulties 58
  • 59. because precise delineation of aquifers is difficult so that it is fit for use like fresh water, andand monitoring and control of extraction by large regeneration refers to replenishment of a waternumbers of individually owned wells is not feasible. source in a natural manner. Recycling and re-useAccordingly, depending upon the characteristics of has been demonstrated to be cost-effective in a largethe pollutants and application of water, the pollutants number of cases, with periods of return ofmay migrate to the saturated zone along with recharge investments ranging from a few months to less thanwater, thereby affecting ground water quality. The five years. Thus it makes sense to practicereasons for ground water pollution mainly related to recycling/re-use for economic reasons, besides doingthe faulty agricultural practices, industrial pollution, so to meet moral or legal liability associated withmunicipal pollution, mine pollution and natural disposal of wastewater.pollutants present in the ground water itself. CentralGround Water Board (CGWB) is monitoring the EFFECTIVE RECYCLE AND REUSE OFquality of ground water at 16,000 hydrograph stations WATERin the country. In urban water supply, 30 to 40 % of the municipal water is wasted through the distributionECOLOGICAL IMBALANCES DUE TO system. In Industrial sector too, there is a scope ofDETERGENTS economy in use of water. As per estimates by The health risk posed by phosphate rich Bureau of Industrial Costs and Prices, 10 to 30%detergents is not yet recognized in India despite a saving in water consumption in industries is possibleworldwide awareness and ban in several countries by recycling, modifications in processing, evaporationin Europe and America. Detergents contain many control etc. Apart from ensuring leakage control,ingredients which could be a threat to the environment water conservation strategy in industries shouldand human health. A common ingredient, sodium include introduction of appropriate technology totri-polyphosphate (STTP) softens the water thus ensure efficient use of cooling and process waterhelping to remove dirt from clothes and to keep the and necessary pollution control mechanisms anddirt off during the washing cycle. Phosphorus, part maximum recycling and reuse. Treatment ofof STPP is an essential nutrient for the growth of wastewater in stabilization ponds is an effective andaquatic plants and as such adds to the cultural low-cost method of pathogen removal, and is,eutrophication, a process in which the excess therefore, suitable for schemes for wastewater reuse,nutrients result in algae bloom, kill fish and increase particularly for irrigation of crops. Similarly,pathogenic organism, causing loss in aesthetic and duckweed ponds are quite effective in treatingrecreational values of water. Strict regulations be municipal wastewater and at the same time themade requiring that not more than 5% phosphorus harvested duckweed is a good fish and chicken detergents. As such, there is a need to develop appropriate and cost effective technologies, for treatment and reuseWASTE WATER TREATMENT of municipal wastewater, suitable to Urban Local Care is necessary that treated wastewater Bodies for their adoption. Possible health risks todoes not contain toxic matter beyond a threshold. agricultural workers should, however, be assessedOtherwise, it may enter the food chain, both aquatic thoroughly and monitored regularly. Treatedand terrestrial. Besides, wastewater can damage wastewater should conform to pollution controlfertility of soil and quality of ground water if its standards for adopting reuse practice.constituents are not kept within the prescribed limit There are various options for recycling andFor the most economic disposal of wastewater from reuse of grey water (bathroom and kitchen wash)various sources, recycling, re-use, renovation and and black water (sewage). However, the grey waterregeneration (summed up by the term “4-R and black water from large residential complexesConcept”) must be practiced with utmost keenness. like Cooperative Housing Societies, multistoriedRecycling refers to repeating the same use; re-use buildings and industrial effluents from large industriesis done by using effluent for other purposes; can be recycled and reused for various purposesrenovation refers to treatment to the (tertiary) level other than drinking. The grey water may be put into 59
  • 60. various types of treatment such as grease trap, the scope of the polluter pays principle we cananaerobic filter etc and the filtered water may be let consider of such subsidies such as originating frominto wet land, polishing ponds etc. and can be reused funds created on the basis of pollution related chargesfor gardening and horticulture etc. The black water (e.g. acidification funds).may also be put into various types of treatment suchas screen, grit removal primary, secondary and RENTING OF WATERtertiary treatment etc. and the treated waste water Above economic instruments provide incentivescan be let into wet land for irrigation or for ground to economic actors inducing them to behave in anwater recharge. The municipal wastewater and environmentally responsible manner. Their meritsindustrial effluent may be treated up-to tertiary level include: effectiveness, efficiency, flexibility andand used for various purposes other than drinking incentives for eco-innovation. Under the scope ofby various industries and cities. For example, in the polluter pays principle we can consider of suchChennai the Chennai Metro Board is providing 30mld subsidies as originating from funds created on thetreated municipal wastewater to Ennore Thermal basis of pollution related charges (e.g. acidificationPower Plant for recycle and reuse for cooling & funds). Another important thing about pricing ofother purposes. Likewise in Mumbai, many of the water may be costing it according to its end use.industrial houses are using the recycled industrial Farmers and low income industries may not beeffluent for purposes such as air-conditioning, cooling charged at the rate of charges fixed for high yieldingetc. In Pondicherry Ashram, the wastewater from industries.housing complexes and community’s toilets arerecycled and reused for horticulture purposes and MARKETING BOTTLED WATERirrigation. State Governments may create Urban Considerably more satisfaction and benefit canDevelopment Fund for Urban Infrastructure be obtained from the present water supply system,development and the same can also be used for if managed efficiently. Costly systems aresetting up of pilot projects for waste reuse, recycling constructed, but for want of proper operation andand resource recovery. maintenance, the benefits are not received by the people who have to incur considerable private costsINCENTIVES AND LEGAL ASPECTS and have to resort to alternate means or Suitable fiscal concessions and subsidies may supplementary sources. Fast catching up practicebe considered by the Central and State Governments of selling mineral water bottles at rates even moreto the industries, commercial establishments and any than milk and more than 1000 times than the tapother agencies which adopt/practice waste reuse, water in India is paradoxical. While half of ourrecycling and resource recovery. Similarly, in case population is unable to afford even the absolutethe Urban Local Bodies on their own would like to minimum needs to quench their thirst. Only watertake the initiative and set up waste reuse, recycling supply utilities should be allowed to bottle and marketand resource recovery schemes in their respective the bottled water to generate much-needed fundsareas, similar fiscal concessions and subsidies may for modernization and proper maintenance of existingalso be made available to them. It may be made infrastructure.mandatory in phases that large industries andcommercial establishments must meet a sizeable PROTECTION OF NATURAL WATERpercentage of their non-potable water requirements RESOURCESfrom the reclaimed water. Similarly, for irrigating Responsibility should be fixed on various civiccrops, horticulture, watering public lawns/gardens, and industrial authorities to treat the wastewaterflushing of sewers, fire-fighting etc. reclaimed water before disposing it in conveyance drains or naturalshould only be used. Economic instruments may streams. Water quality should be monitored regularlyprovide incentives to economic actors inducting them at every out-fall drain. State wise river basinto behave in an environmentally responsible manner. conservation plan should be formulated for differentTheir merits include: effectiveness, efficiency, basins. The pathogenic, toxic and biological andflexibility and incentives for eco-innovation. Under physico-chemical effects of various types of water 60
  • 61. pollution in different scenario and regions should be Large storage projects are essentially required forscientifically analysed, collated, understood and diverting surplus water from flood prone areas tosuitable action plans should be framed. deficit areas. Indira Gandhi Nahar Project has been a boon for large tracts of Rajasthan in alleviatingQUESTIONABLE USE OF WATER AS A droughts.CARRIER OF WASTES The traditional way of removing wastes from SOCIO-ECONOMIC & ECOLOGICALindustries, and homes has been to dilute them in water ASPECTS OF FLOODSand then carry this wastewater over long distances Over 40 million hectares of the area of theto extract most of the waste in the sludge, leaving country experiences periodic floods. The averagepolluted water as effluent. Such traditional and highly area affected by floods annually in India is about 7.5unscientific method of using water carriers of wastes m. ha of which crop area affected is about 3.5 m.ha.need to be closely examined. There are many better Floods have claimed on an average 1,529 humanalternatives to treat the waste at its origin, without lives and 94,000 cattle ever year. Apart from loss ofusing so much water. Use of low flushing and dry life and domestic property, the devastating effectstoilets as well as use of ‘grey water’ drained from of floods, sense of insecurity and fear in the mindsshowers, kitchens and laundries to flush the toilets, of people living in the flood plains is enormous. Theshould be targeted for adoption in at least in all new after effects of floods like the agony of survivors,construction of commercial institutions and planned spread of epidemics, non availability of essentialcolonies in all class I and II cities. commodities and medicines and loss of their dwellings make floods most feared natural disaster being facedMINIMUM FLOW REQUIREMENT by human kind. Large-scale damages to forests, Quality of river waters is deteriorating with crops & precious plants and deaths of aquatic andlarge number of municipal and industrial effluents wildlife, migratory and native birds in various Nationalbeing discharged untreated into rivers. Return flows Parks, Delta region, low altitude hilly areas andfrom irrigated areas pollute river water with residual alluvial flood plains of Assam, Arunachal, Uttrakhand,fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides. Necessity for U.P., Bihar, Orissa, West Bengal, have always beenmaintaining minimum flow therefore, arise out of the the matter of serious concern. River Valley Projectsneed to maintain water quality, river regime, such as Bhakra, Ramganga, Hirakud, Pong etc. havemaintenance of river eco-system or other public proved highly successful in moderating thenecessities. magnitudes as well as frequencies of floods.SOCIO-ECONOMIC & ECOLOGICAL ACCELERATED WATER STORAGEASPECTS OF DROUGHTS DEVELOPMENT It is estimated that around 263 million people Water demands forecasts show that Rajasthan,live in drought prone area of about 108 m. ha., which Maharashtra, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka andworks out to 1/3rd of the total Indian geographical Tamilnadu could face heavy water supply shortfalls.area. Thus, more than 26% of total population of The water shortages would be far more serious inthe country face the consequences of recurring the water short basins like the Cauvery, Pennar,droughts, on a wide spectrum of social concerns. Sabarmati, Mahi, and Krishna etc. To meet theDuring the drought years there is a marked tendency bulging water requirements, it would be necessaryof intensive exploitation of ground water, resulting in to ensure substantial augmentation of water supplies;abnormal lowering of ground water table thus requiring sufficient raising of water storageaccentuating the distress. Grave adverse impacts capacities, thus necessitating completion of new largeare borne by flora, fauna and domestic cattle and water storage projects.the very life itself fights against nature for its survival. Supreme Court Majority Judgement forDroughts accentuate problems in cities in the form Narmada Projects has also highlighted that againstof mushrooming of slums and pressure on the existing the utilisable storage 690 cu. km. of surface watercivil amenities thereby adversely affecting urban life. resources out of 1869 cu. km.; so far storage capacity 61
  • 62. of all dams in India is only 174 cu. km., which is societies can act as multi-disciplinary fora for nationalincidently less than the capacity of Kariba Dam in and regional debates, analysis and framing of actionZambia/Zimbabwe with capacity of 180.6 cu. km. plans on water related matters by utilizing theirand only 12 cu. km. more than the Aswan High Dam infrastructure, professional expertise, library,of Egypt. The impact on environment should be seen publication and documentation services. Thesein relation to the project as a whole. Water of poor societies can serve as rich sources in generatingquality leads to ill health, whereas water in insufficient technically sound options with well-defined limitationsquantity claims large chunks of time spent in & assumptions in Indian peculiar situations for takingaugmenting the supply; otherwise, the significant time informed decisions. The services of professionalcould be spent on more remunerative tasks. We must Societies like Indian Water Resources Society, Therealize the basic fact that the medium and small Institution of Engineers (India), Indian Nationalwater projects as well as water harvesting schemes Science Academy, Indian Water Works Association,cannot substitute the need of large water storages Indian Association of Hydrologists, Indian Societybut can at best complement the larger projects. This, of Hydraulics, Water Management Forum,too, depends upon the hydrological, geological, Association of Hydrologists of India & Indiantopographical and regional limitations. The Buildings Congress having vast network, good spreadcontroversy of the large versus small dams is and pool of expertise may be channelised in debating,irrelevant. Sustainable management of water dissemination and creating balanced scientific publicresources with due respect to ecological, economic awareness.and ethical sustainability blended with technicalfeasibility requires a holistic and integrated approach WORKING GROUP ON WATER RELATEDinvolving engineering, socio-economic and ECOLOGICAL MATTERSenvironmental aspects. Expansion of storage Considering the seriousness and deterioratingcapacity by completing on-going projects and state of affairs concerning quality and quantity ofconstruction of new projects is imperative to enhance available water particularly for urban use, alarmingwater availability. water pollution levels and challenges in managing water related ecological concerns, a Working GroupROLE OF COMMUNITIES AND on Water Related Ecological Matters for X Five YearPROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES Plan was formed vide Planning Commission’s O.M. It is essential that environmental aspects and No. M-12018/1/2000-E&F dated 8th January, 2001the process of planning and operation of water under the Chairmanship of Secretary (Waterresources projects be fairly understood by the experts Resources). The Group consisted of theof different disciplines. Participation of people is a representatives of the Planning Commission,must in the management of water. People have to Confederation of Indian Industries and the Ministriesbe made an integral part of the water management of Environment and Forests, Agriculture &system. The community is to be made not only water Cooperation, Urban Development & Povertyconscious, but also to be integrated to participate in Alleviation, Industrial Development, Ruralthe planning and management of such projects and Development, Department of Ocean Developmentpollution prevention programmes. It is unfortunate as well as Chairman, Central Water Commission;that a smear campaign has been launched during Chairman, Central Ground Water Board; Chairman,last two decades against hydropower and water Central Pollution Control Board and Member (Riverresources projects by exaggerating the likely or Management), CWC. The first author of this articleassumed adverse environmental impacts and by was inducted as Member Secretary for the Group.suppressing their need and tremendous benefits. Working Group in its Report has suggested that the Knowledge about the changes required in following measures may yield significant benefitscropping patterns and agronomic practices also must from the overcoming crisis in the field of water relatedbe communicated to farmers to sensitise them about ecological arena :the constraints of water supply and motivate them Strict measures to ensure proper treatment ofto use it carefully and efficiently. Professional waste water 62
  • 63. Strict enforcing of responsibility on users for as 1/10 th of each person’s productive time iswaste treatment before discharging into water bodies sacrificed to water related diseases. Deteriorating Local bodies should be responsibile for water quality has become a serious problem. Wemaintaining CETPs would have to maintain a balance between the thrust Economic Instruments as incentives and areas of development (infrastructure and consumersubsidies to induce users accountability to curb goods), which are said to improve the quality of life,increasing water demands and to encourage and the social aspects like bare necessities of life inrecycling and reuse of water the areas of water, food, fiber, power, education, Suitable cess collected on marketing of water health, housing and nutrition. Preserving the qualitybottles be exclusively reserved for modernization of and the availability of the freshwater resources ispublic water supply systems. the most pressing of the many environmental Water sensitive urban planning challenges on the national horizon. Social tensions, Wide spread use of water saving fixtures political instability and street fights are already on Strategy based on agro-climatic regional the horizon; due to stoppage and slowing down theplanning construction of almost all major dams; ignoring the Integrated planning and management of river bulging demands of water and power for municipalbasins uses in metro cities, by few environmental activists Declaration of water resources projects as and novelists; without professional analysis. It is togreen projects in respect of environmental clearance be stressed that non-development of water storage Equitable distribution of water projects is not a viable or available option; due to the Use of appropriate technology in water supply large temporal variations in river flows in Indianand sanitation sectors monsoonic climate. Conservation, recycle, reuse of Scientific public awareness and curbing precious water and proper treatment of waste waterenvironmental pseudoism. must be given serious attention for sustainability of Encouraging professional societies for built environment for our highly populated, documentation and proper dissemination In such peculiar conditions, the initiative for Research and development activities in the area interlinking of rivers in India so as to meet the bulgingof water quality management demands of water for various uses even for water Impose restriction in water abstraction and starved states is highly commendable and timely.ensuring discharge of only treated sewage/ tradeeffluent on land, rivers and other water bodies with Note - The views in the article may not belong toa view to mitigating crisis of water quality; the Authors’ Organisations. To maintain minimum discharge for sustenanceof aquatic life forms in riverine system; REFERENCES Encourage rain-water harvesting, roof top • Central Water Commission, 2000 ‘River Valleyharvesting for indigenous consumption Projects and Environment-Concerns and Management’, To utilize self assimilation capacities to minimize Publication No. 61/2000, New Delhi.cost of effluent treatment; • Goel R.S.(Editor), 1993, ‘Environmental Impacts of Encourage ground water recharging with strict Water Resources Development’, M/S Tata McGraw Hillmonitoring of the water quality Publishing Company, New Delhi. To create public awareness on water • Goel R.S.(Editor), 2000, ‘Environment Impactsconservation and economical water usage. Assessment of Water Resources Projects’, M/s Oxford & IBH Publishing Co. Pvt. Ltd., ISBN-81-204-1422-5, New Delhi.CONCLUSION • Goel R.S. (Editor), 2000, ‘Environmental India supports 1/6th of the world’s population Management in Hydropower and River Valley Projects’,on 1/50th of world’s land with meager 1/25th of the ISBN-81-204-1423-3, M/S Oxford & IBH Publishing Ltd.,world’s water resources. Further, 80% of all diseases New Delhi.and over 1/3rd of deaths are caused by consumption • Goel R. S. and Srivastava R.N.(Editors), 2000,of contaminated water and on an average as much 63
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  • 65. National Seminar on Rainwater Harvesting and Water Management 11-12 Nov. 2006, Nagpur 11. Rainwater Harvesting and Water Management Dr. S. G. Kirloskar Abstract The water crisis has taken considerable space in our lives. The problem of water shortage has become a national and universal theme of discussion. The water crisis has become alarming to such an extent that unless every citizen starts acting towards saving and preserving the rainwater, the survival of present and future generations would be in jeopardy. Thanks to the environmentally aware masses for sowing the seeds of rainwater harvesting in the society. In this paper, some of the methods of rainwater harvesting, particularly feasible in urban areas, actually implemented elsewhere are discussed.Introduction to the problem. The ecological balance has been India is facing a huge water crisis today. There collapsed owing to irregular rains, environmentalis an enormous unmet demand for water. Even as deterioration, and uncontrolled pollution.clean water sources are being viciously attacked by The exclusive reliance on river and groundwaterpollution and over exploitation, hardly any river or is already leading to a number of problems.groundwater aquifer near a city escapes the perilsof pollution today. While agricultural lands go thirsty, Heavy extraction of water from rivers : Themany thousands of villages find it difficult to get clean rivers are so heavily exploited that there is no waterdrinking water. The dispute over tap waters heard left during the summer season. Agencies involved inin the history in olden days and in the villages in water resource development are not bothered topresent times has been transferred to urban areas implement the legislation for the minimum river flows.too. The issue of water-crisis is more acute than thepetrol for which largely the human beings are Construction of large dams and neglect of smallresponsible. water harvesting structure : There has been growing reliance on the use of Because of this, the numbers of displacedsurface and groundwater, while the earlier reliance populations will steadily increase, while forests willon rain water and flood water has been declined, submerge and availability of land for resettlementeven though rain water and flood water are available will go down much greater abundance than river water orgroundwater. It is reported that the money pumped Dependence on the state : There are financialin for rural drinking water supply and methods used and human problems with state sponsored waterwere unsustainable. Corruption, lack of people’s supply. The state subsidises water. People squanderinterests in maintaining government schemes, land it. The state soon runs out of money for new projectsdegradation leading to heavy runoff, heavy to meet the burgeoning demand and for maintaininggroundwater exploitation leading to lowering of projects already built. The state becomes responsiblegroundwater tables, neglect of traditional water for water supply. Demand will grow in futureharvesting system and growing pollution are all added because of population growth, increased urbanization, Professor of Environmental Engineering and Principal of Rizvi College of Engg., Bandra (W), Mumbai 50 65
  • 66. industrialization. Increased water pollution has further lid to avoid contamination.reduced the availability of clean water which meansgreater stress on remaining sources of ground andsurface water. To get the reliever, people started boring thetube wells only to lower the depth of water tablefrom 50 feet to 100-200 feet. The water crisis hasbecome alarming to such an extent that everyonehas to be educated to start saving and preservingthe rainwater. The concept of storing the rainwaterand elevating the level of water table, popularlyknown as ‘water harvesting’ has already taken itsroots. In the villages, the rainwater harvesting is beingpracticed by building small bunds, by digging smalltrenches around the wells. However in urban areas Fig. 1.1specific methods have to be applied for rainwaterharvesting. Some of the methods are listed Bleaching powder is applied to prevent(1) water from roof or terrace can be allowed to contamination and maintain the quality of storedpermeate near the bore or well or in the house water. Airtight covers on storage tank protect thepremises if bore or well is not available water from sunlight and contamination. Initial(2) water from roof or terrace can be taken investment cost of the structure is little high.(i) to well or bore through pipe or Operating cost consists of cleaning expenses once(ii) to an underground tank of sufficient capacity can in a year and periodic expenses of bleaching powderbe built to receive the water through pipe. which would cost around only Rs. 1000/- per year. Considering the life span of the structure of 20 yearsThe methods of water harvesting are described and the relief it brings, this method is the mostbelow. reliable.(1) Permeating the water from the roofs intopremises of the house (2) A soak-pit can also be created at the outlet Construction of underground structures of point of the house premises20,000 l capacity to harvest water from rooftops for As shown in fig. 1.2, a soak-pit of 8’ depth anddomestic consumption , manual withdrawal of water, 5’ length can be prepared containing brickbats,to use runoff water as recharge in shallow wells. stones, boulders etc. The water starts filling up theThe capacity depends upon the no. of people in the trench of the soak-pit. It is estimated that a smallhouses with average consumption of 7 l per capita soak-pit gives 25000 liters of water in the monsoonper day. season. Many houses will not have bore wells or wells.One can utilize the open space available at any cornerof the plot for the permeation of water. A trench of9-10’ depth and 6-8’ length can be prepareddepending up on the availability of the space.As shown in fig. 1.1, the boulders of 2-3’ dia. areplaced up to 300 mm at the bottom of the trench.The sand layer of 1.5-1.75 m is placed over theboulders. The water from the roof and terrace shouldbe diverted into the trench. The bricks have to belaid on the boundary of the trench to avoid falling of Fig. 1.2earth in the trench. Trench is covered with a grilled 66
  • 67. Fig. 1.3(3) Diverting water from roof and terrace to bore A trench of 2’x 8’ (depth) is prepared at a corneror well through a pipe with pitching of stones on one side and a lining of The roof would be cleaned initially. Water PVC sheet. The trench is filled up with the earth forcollected from the roof is taken to the bore through rest of the year. In monsoon, the trench is filled uppipe of 4.5" dia. As shown in Fig. 1.3, following with water before it starts spreading around. Watermaterial is required. is raised with this technique.(i) pipe of 6" dia., and 4’ length (ii) two reducers(iii) 4 mesh screen (iv) T pipe, 2 in number and T (5) Open air rainwater harvestingcap (v) 4.5" dia. and 4.5’ length In this a number of materials are used to capture rainfall directly from the skies. The assembly of pipe filter can be fabricated. (i) Polythene sheets (3m x 3m size) spread acrossOne end of this pipe is connected to the outlet end in open air devoid of trees to collect direct rainfall.of the pipe from the roof. The other end of the pipe Water thus collected is cleaner than the roof runoff.filter through a casing is directed towards the bore. The polythene sheet is mounted on 4 poles and aThe first rain water is allowed to drain. The system hole is made centrally for collection of water. Thiscan be started operating from the second monsoon. technique is an ad-hoc one, which is installed priorThe graded sand beds incorporated in the pipe act to rain. Lot of water goes waste in heavy filter. Thus there is three- stage filtration. Collection rate is 85-100 l/hr on an average rainfall day. This method is expensive and weak for wind(4) The earthen bunds are placed at certain resistance.places in the farms and thus water is temporarily (ii) Galvanised sheet : A galvanized sheet of 2 m Xstored 1 m is spread in the open air. The sheet is tied from Water is seeped through the soil. The earthen the two corners in the shape of a boat. The sheet isbund is constructed about 2-3 feet above the ground mounted on 4 or 6 poles in the open air. This methodwith pitching done from inner side, as shown in Fig. is costly and faces rusting problem. The water1.4. The bund is constructed necessarily on the sloping collected is limited sufficient for about 2 days for aground. family of 7-8 members on average rainy day. (iii) Akshaydhara System: (a) First stage involves segregating the small volume of sanitary toilet waste and subjecting it to anaerobic bio-digestion and then discharging the liquid effluent into the city sewer system. This step involves only minor modification of the already existing civil work as the drains toilet and non-toilet wastewaters are already separated in buildings as part of the normal building construction practice. (b) The second stage involves construction of percolation wells in the housing societies for soil- Fig. 1.4 aquifer treatment of the segregated non-sanitary 67
  • 68. wastewater and storm runoff water, to rejuvenate sewer system will help reduce expenditure onthe shallow ground water system. This would result collection / disposal of wet biodegradable waste asin reduction of wastewater to be discharged into the recyclable waste is more hygienic andcity sewer system. environmentally sustainable. The biogas generated(c) The third stage consists of providing separate can be used for street lighting. This system is usefulplumbing and pumping / recycling system for non- in urban environment because of reduction of thepotable water. This would gradually ease the load of cost of centralized sewage collection, reduction inhigh quality public drinking water supply system. high quality water supply thus ensuring resource(d) In the fourth stage, the existing wastewater sustainability and involvement of the residents intreatment system can be augmented through maintaining hygienic conditions in city. Fig. 1.5 showsconstruction of infiltration basins and soil-aquifer “Akshaydhara” concept for total water management.treatment of the organic rich liquid waste collectedat the centralized sewage collection point. Facilitating urban water harvesting(e) In the last stage, the domestic sewerage system Following pints need to be undertaken:can be linked to city garbage collection system, • All water bodies in urban areas should bewherein segregated recyclable waste is collected by controlled by one single water authority.the dry waste collection network and the wet • All building plans must provide for rainwaterbiodegradable kitchen waste is disposed off in the harvesting structures before applications arecommunity bioreactor, the output of which being accepted.liquid can be let out either into the city sewer system • There should be a ban on permitting rainwateror utilized locally for horticulture. With the to be mixed with sewer or septic tanks.commissioning of bioreactors for kitchen waste, the • A central rainwater harvesting fund can be set Fig. 1.5 68
  • 69. up by the union water resources ministry offering Conclusionfunds on loan-cum-grant basis for the promotion of The scarcity of water has gained globalrainwater harvesting. attention. The developing countries due to lack of• Rainwater harvesting should be viewed by the expertise, funds, national policies, public awarenesssociety as a means of provision of water and can not do much about this complicated problem.prevention of flooding of low-lying urban areas. The efforts are being taken by the NGOs and other• One of the most effective means of encouraging organizations from the micro level. The municipalhousehold and community participation is through offices, town planners of the urban sectors arefinancial instruments such as water tariffs and changing their outlook positively towards meetingproperty tax assessments. water scarcity of the future generations. That is a• Water conservation may be included in the useful step!curriculum of the school• The Central Govt. should take up and declare Referencesthe rain water harvesting as the national program. (1) NGOs from Sangli (Maharashtra) , Ref. No. 0233-• Annual national and state awards should be 2322412announced on recognition of outstanding work in (2) “Making water everybody’s business, Practice andwater conservation. Policy of water harvesting” Edited by Anil Agarwal, Sunita Narain and Indira Khurana CSE publication. 69
  • 70. National Seminar on Rainwater Harvesting and Water Management 11-12 Nov. 2006, Nagpur 12. Water Harvesting : Limitations in Implementation *Y. Arunakar Reddy Abstract Since water harvesting depends on natural rainfall, it is no more reliable than the weather. Without adequate storage facilities the system will fail in draught years. In locations with less average annual rainfall, water harvesting will probably never be economically feasible. Lack of rainfall data in many areas makes it very difficult to properly design a water harvesting system. Poorly designed and managed water harvesting systems can cause soil erosion, soil instability, and local flooding. All catchments require a certain amount of maintenance to keep them performing properly which may include occasional patches, weed control, cleaning trash from screens, seal coats, or complete reshaping. A water harvesting system must withstand weathering and some foot traffic. Some may require fences. Contamination of the water must be constantly considered. Discolored or contaminated water will require treatment before it can be used for human consumption. To day no one water harvesting method or material has proven suitable for all areas, soils, and climatic conditions. Another problem is the variability in the quality of some materials, even though they may meet existing manufacturing specifications. This has been particularly true for artificial rubber sheeting, since some batches have proven very effective and durable, whereas others, with the same specification, have failed in a short time. Design of water harvesting system has received less attention than methods or treatments for increasing runoff from the soil surface. Most design procedures are limited in application because of constraints mentioned in the above paragraphs. This paper reviews all the above constraints in implementation of water harvesting system with examples.Introduction Ancient History The origin of the term “water harvesting” is Although the term “water harvesting” isnot known, but it was probably first used by Geddes relatively new, the practice is ancient. Shanan,of the University of Sidney. He defined water Evenari, and Tadmor excavated runoff farms thatharvesting as “the collection and storage of any farm were used over 3,000 yrs ago for several centurieswaters, either runoff or creek flow, for irrigation in what is now the Negev Desert of Israel. This areause.” Several modifications of the definition have was intensively cultivated by an irrigation systembroadened the term to mean “the process of which collected the meager rainfall by clearing largecollecting natural precipitation from prepared hillside areas of rocks, smoothing the soil, andwatersheds for beneficial use”. concentrating the runoff by a system of contour *Associate Professor in Civil Engineering, Swami Ramananda Tirtha Institute of Science & Technology, Nalgonda, Andhra Pradesh. 70
  • 71. ditches. The runoff water was used to irrigate a much served as the basis for installing numerous butylsmaller lower-lying area. By the time of the Roman rubber catchments and storage bags, including overoccupation these runoff farms had evolved into 300 installations in Hawaii and other pacific islands.relatively sophisticated systems covering about In 1958 and 1959 two ancient farm systems in300,000 ha (740,000 acres) of the Negev Highlands. Israel were restored to study the hydrology of theAfter the Arab conquest, the ancient desert desert catchments and the water harvestingagriculture in this area slowly disintegrated. techniques of the ancient farmers. There is evidence that less complicated systems In the 1960’s Myers and Cluff in the Unitedwere used about 700 to 900 yrs ago by the Indians States and Hillel in Israel initiated research programsof the southwestern United States, particularly in to devise methods of waterproofing the soil surfacethe four corners of Arizona, Utah, Colorado, and and using soil as the supporting structure. Myer’sNew Mexico. group developed methods using sprayable asphalt compounds, plastic and metal films bonded to theRecent Development soil, soil compaction and dispersion, and field- Collection and storage of runoff from roofs of fabricated asphalt fiberglass membranes. Cluffhouses is a more recent practice that is still used in concentrated on using sodium salts to seal the soilsome regions of the world. Some of the first and on gravel-covered plastic membranes. Hillelcatchments build specifically to collect water were investigated several soil treatments, like crude oilroof – like structures built in Australia in the early and water repellants, but worked primarily on soil1930’s using galvanized sheet iron on a wooden smoothing and crusting.frame. Sheet metal was also used for othercatchments built in Australia at about the same time, Present Status and Potentialbut the metal sections were placed directly on the Research on ways to increase runoff by soilsoil surface and anchored with spikes. treatments is presently confined to a few U.S. The development of the most widely used type researchers. Although both Israeli and Australianof catchment was reported by the Public Works researchers are investigating the use of fuel oils andDepartment of Western Australia in 1956. These asphalt on a small scale, their major emphasis iscatchments were called “roaded catchments” runoff farming and roaded catchments, respectively.because the soil was graded into a series of parallel As yet water harvesting is not accepted as aroadways or gently sloping ridges that drained into competitive method of providing water supplies,the ditches separating them. These ditches carried although over 3,000 water harvesting systems havethe collected water to a storage reservoir by way of been installed around the world. Most catchmentsa collection ditch which ran perpendicular to the are the roaded catchments type and are used inroadways. Several thousand acres of these Western Australia where private farms have suppliedcatchments have been installed in the relatively the capital for installation. In the U.S. catchmentsuniform topography of Western Australia where soils have been built almost exclusively on public landsoften contain significant clay layers which are by government agencies or research and compacted and provide a rather low Despite the rather slow acceptance of waterinfiltrating surface. Most of these catchments have harvesting to provide water supplies, its potentialbeen used to provide farm water supplies, although for providing economical water is still tremendous.some are used for municipal water supplies. When water harvesting techniques are used, In the United States water harvesting began available water supplies can be based onduring the 1940’s and early 1950’s when several precipitation rather than stream flow or groundsmall sheet steel and concrete catchments were built water. This is true for both arid and humid provide drinking water for livestock and wildlife. Hawaii and Jamaica are two areas using waterOf considerably more impact was the pioneering harvesting techniques developed by researchers inwork of Lauritzen in the 1950’s in which plastic and arid parts of the world. For example, a 0.6-haartificial rubber membranes were evaluated for catchment in Manchester, Jamaica, provides moreconstructing catchments and reservoirs. This work than 245,000 1/day of water during a year of average 71
  • 72. rainfall. outcrops, highways, airports, and parking lots. Water harvesting will never be used in some Chiarella and beck described a highway catchmentareas because other water sources are more system in Arizona, used for livestock drinking watereconomical, or because the annual precipitation is that has been used for over 16 yrs with no observedvery low. However, water harvesting can often mean detrimental effect to livestock. According to Evans,the difference between life and death, thus making Woolhiser, and Rauzi, the interstate highway systemits economic aspects of minor importance. in Wyoming would provide 2 ha/km of catchment. Assuming a 90% catchment efficiency, the waterMethods of Harvesting supply from a 250-mm rainfall zone would be almost A wide variety of methods and materials have 4,700,000 1/km.been used to increase precipitation runoff into For land where rock outcrops or highways arestorage facilities. Some materials, like concrete and not available, sometimes a water supply can besheet metal, can be used in almost any situation. developed by simple land alteration treatmentsHowever, the most economical system for a which increase the runoff from the soil surface. Landparticular site can be determined by evaluating clearing is probably the least expensive treatment,several factors, like soil type and depth, accessibility but the increase in runoff is often negligible, unlessto equipment, climatic variables, vegetation, labour storms are of high intensity of long duration.and material costs, and availability of treatment Because small precipitation events do not usuallyproducts. Whatever treatment or method is used, produce sufficient runoff, rather large catchment andsome maintenance will be required to insure storage facilities must be constructed to insure anoptimum performance. adequate water supply to carry over between the For discussion, the methods used to increase large runoff events.runoff can be divided into four general categories: Another simple treatment is constructingvegetation management, land alteration, chemical contour ditches to collect runoff from hillsidestreatments, and soil covers. before it reaches natural channels or infiltrates into the soil. This was practiced by ancient people whoVegetation Management : A summary of studies once lived in what is now Mesa Verde Nationalconducted throughout the world indicates that runoff Monument in southwestern Colorado.can be increased by vegetation management from The “roaded catchments” discussed previouslyareas with precipitation in excess of 280 mm are a more elaborate method of land alteration. Itannually. However, the conversion efficiency for has been estimated that over 2,500 of this type ofproducing extra water increases as rainfall increases, catchment have been built in Western least up to 860 mm/yr; therefore, conversions at Soil erosion is a potential problem with all oflower rainfall values may not be economical. the land elaborate methods. Hollick suggests thatPotential water yield increases depend upon the maximum nonerosive slopes should be used topercent of total precipitation occurring as snowfall, increase runoff. However, he indicated that nothe type, depth, and slope of the watershed soil, and universal method exists for predicting the maximumthe varieties of vegetation with their associated nonerosive slope, thus each site must be fieldevapotranspiration rates, which can be managed evaluated.considering all other constraints. Besides increasingwater yield, vegetation management on watersheds Chemical and Physical Soil Treatments : Treatingcan improve wildlife habitat, forage production, and soil surfaces with materials to prevent water fromrecreation activity. soaking into the soil is an intriguing approach to building efficient and low-cost catchments. RunoffLand Alteration : Often the simplest and least from bare soil can often be increased by dispersingexpensive method of water harvesting is to construct its aggregated particles with sodium salts to reducewalls or ditches to collect runoff from existing permeability. Hillel et al. in Israel, and Myers innatural or manmade catchments like large rock Arizona, were able to increase runoff by treatingoutcrops, highways catchments like large rock cleared and smoothed sandy-loam and clay-loam 72
  • 73. soils with sodium carbonate. Both found that on the soil and the oil used. Rawitz and Hillel foundtreatment effectiveness was lost in about 1 yr and that retreatment each 2 years improved runoff yielderosion was excessive. The same treatment has been above initial treatment values.very successful for sealing earthen stock tanks on Soil Covers. – Soil covers are treatments thatsome soils where erosion is no problem. can generally be applied to a wide range of soil types, High-rate applications of sodium chloride have since they only use the soil as a supporting structureproven considerably more successful on a and do not depend on its properties to provide waterWhitehouse loam soil in the Tucson area. Here the repellency.soil was cleared and smoothed and 11,000 kg/ha of Asphalt pavements for water harvesting weregranulated salt was mixed into the upper 5 cm of constructed by spraying asphalt compounds onsoil. The soil was later compacted after a couple of nonswelling soils. Another, more durable type ofsmall rains. Over 50% runoff has been obtained asphalt catchment was made by placing a layer ofduring the 3 yrs of records, with no deterioration or fiberglass or polypropylene matting on the surfacesalt movement noted. and spraying it with asphalt. A seal coat of asphalt A silicone water repellant treatment on loamy and a protective cover of special paint produced asand in Arizona produced 90% runoff during the very durable and efficient catchment. The mattingfirst year, but runoff gradually decreased to 60% serves as a reinforcing fabric, and the asphalt as aafter 4 yrs. water-proofing agent. The paint extends the period Care must be used in designing silicone - and between maintenance retreatments by protecting thesalt – treated catchments since increased runoff can asphalt from sunlight, and reduces runoff watercause excessive erosion. Silicone treatments provide discoloration. This type of catchment can beno apparent stability, and stabilizing effects of salt installed over almost any soil and requires onlytreatments have been limited to certain sandy loam minimum surface preparation.soils. Thin plastic films have been used as ground A paraffin wax treatment on a sandy loam soil covers, but they were easily destroyed by wind andhas produced 90% runoff on test plots for over 2 deteriorated rapidly under exposure to solaryears with no visual signs of deterioration. The radiation. Cluff developed a unique method ofmolten paraffin penetrates the soil up to 25 mm and utilizing plastic’s relatively low cost and high water-tends to stabilize the soil particles as it solidifies. proofing characteristics. He developed equipmentHowever, a 0.2-ha field catchment treated with to install plastic film and cover it with a layer ofparaffin was no longer water repellant or stable after small gravel. The gravel protects the plastic againstfreezing and thawing with a light snow cover. both wind and weathering damage; however, theAlthough laboratory tests in a freeze-thaw chamber gravel also reduces the runoff efficiency by retainingconfirmed the loss of effectiveness for this soil, two part of the water which is then lost to evaporation.other operational catchments on sandy soils in These catchments are useful where gravel isArizona have survived a winter of freezing and available and a large portion of the annual rainfallthawing with no apparent damage. The lower end occurs as storms larger than 2.5 mm. A more recentof one catchment did erode somewhat when the fine catchment treatment developed by Cluff issoil was disturbed during construction. Laboratory constructed by spraying soil with a tack of asphalt,tests indicated that hot summer temperatures may followed immediately by a 4-mail layer ofregenerate the wax treatments after freeze-thaw polyethylene plastic. After the plastic is coated withdamage on some soils. These tests also indicated an additional asphalt layer, rock chips are added asthat wax treatments were not effective on certain a top cover. This catchment can be applied to a widesoils under any climatic conditions; therefore, more range of soil types and yields about 95% of theeffectively treated with wax. rainfall runoff. A similar catchment using standard Several researchers have reported using fuel roofing paper and procedures, but applied to the soiloil to reduce infiltration. All of the studies indicated surface, has remained in good condition after 6 yrsthat initially the oil did reduce infiltration, but and yields about 80% runoff.completely deteriorated within to 3 yrs, depending Artificial rubber sheeting has probably been 73
  • 74. most widely used as a ground cover treatment. release to the crop may be necessary if precipitationSeveral rubber catchments have been used for over uniformity and/or variability do not meet the crop20 yrs in the United States, and over 300 additional requirements.rubber catchments or storage units have been Storage requirements should be balancedinstalled in Hawaii and other Pacific islands during against the quantity of precipitation for the area andthe past 15 yrs. When correctly installed and the reliability of receiving this precipitation. Storagemaintained, good rubber sheeting is an efficient requirements can be readily estimated bycatchment material that provides high quality water. considering the purpose for which the water will beProblems encountered with its use have been used and the use period. The precipitation quantityattributed to improper installation, lack of and dependability generally are often more’ difficultmaintenance, poor quality material, or animal and to determine due to inadequate precipitation records.damage. Artificial rubber catchments have the Seepage Control. Dedrick reviewed the threeadvantage of being rather easily transportable and means of storing harvested water – excavated pitssimply installed once the site has been prepared. or ponds, tanks, and bags – and various methods of Corrugated sheet metal, one of the first controlling seepage losses. Excavated pits or smallcatchment materials used for collecting ponds are easily constructed in relatively flat areas,precipitation, has been used continually through the but usually a water barrier must be used to minimizeyears, although high costs have restricted its use. seepage losses. The type of material used maySome early sheet metal catchments were built above depend on the pit site. Dedrick presented a list ofground on a roof-like framework. Many catchments characteristics that should be considered whenfailed when the framework deteriorated or collapsed selecting a barrier for seepage control: (a) degree ofunder heavy snow loads. Sheet metal catchments seepage control expected; (b) resistance tobuilt on the ground have proven very durable and deterioration by soil microorganisms, atmosphericessentially maintenance free. Their runoff efficiency elements, wind, and sub grade movement: (c)is perhaps the highest of any catchment material, resistance to mechanical puncture and vermin attack;and they have often produced runoff from dew. If (d) toxicity; (e) installation ease; (f) transportabilityprotected from corrosion, sheet metal can be used to use site; (g) maintenance requirements; and (h)on almost any soil type and can provide an economics.economical source of high quality water under Lining materials that have been used, withpresent economic conditions. varying degrees of success, can be categorized as Use of concrete as a catchment material has (a) earth linings and chemical treatments –been limited, mainly because of its high cost. compacted earth, bentonite, chemical additives, andConcrete catchments require more maintenance and chemical sealants; (b) membrane and film –have lower runoff efficiency (60 to 80%) then prefabricated asphaltic plank, hot applied asphalticseveral other catchment materials. However, when membrane, reinforced asphaltic membrane, plasticproperly constructed and maintained, concrete film, and synthetic rubber; (c) hard surface liningscatchments are very durable and will provide years – Portland cement concrete, shotcrete, soil-cement,of service. brick, and stones. The underlined materials have been the most successfully used in the field and areStorage of Harvested Water discussed further. Where water supplies are limited and water use Sodium bentonite, fine-textured colloidal clay,rates exceed the supply rate, a means of storing has been used to reduce seepage in coarse-texturedharvested water becomes an essential part of the soils. A good sealing bentonite must have a sufficientwater harvesting systems. The storage generally amount of exchangeable sodium to disperse the soilmeans confinement in either excavated pits or ponds, particles. Application rates generally range from 5or tanks. One exception to this type of storage is to 15 kg/m. Laboratory analysis, like that ofdirect storage in the soil profile associated with Dirmeyer is recommended as a guide in classifyingrunoff farming. Even with runoff farming, the bentonite to be used and in determiningconventionally storing water for later controlled application rate. 74
  • 75. Sodium salts have been the most successful thicknesses and can be either fabric-supported orchemical additives used to control seepage. Sodium nonsupport. For most excavated pits, 0.08 cm, nylon-carbonate has been most effective considering supported liners are adequate. Reservoir side slopestreatment costs and ability to reduce seepage. The should be not steeper than 1:2. Information regardingSoil Conservation Service recommends sodium field installations, recommendations for use, andcarbonate application rates of 0.5 to 1.0 kg/m while physical property requirements are discussed inReginato et al. presented an equation for calculating several publications.the amount of use. Retreatment may be required Vertical-walled tanks have advantagesevery 2 to 3 yrs. unattainable with excavated pits including: the ratio Reinforced asphaltic membrane liners consist of water volume stored to water surface area isof a substrate matting of fiberglass or polypropylene maximum when the walls are vertical; evaporativegenerally made watertight by using asphalt – either control devices, like floating covers, can be usedemulsion or cutback. Linings are fabricated in the more effectively and efficiently; and maintenancefield and shaped like the excavated pit. They can be requirements are generally low and repair is easy.used as an exposed liner if properly protected from One main disadvantage of vertical-walled tanks ismechanical damage. Pit side slopes should not be initial cost; however, on an amortized basis thesteeper than 1:2 (vertical: horizontal). Plant growth yearly cost may be lower than some low-initial-costunder the liners should be eliminated by using soil storage systems. Materials successfully used insterilants. constructing tank walls include Portland cement Plastic films of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), concrete; plastered concrete and metal. The bottomPolyethylene (PE), and chlorinated polyethylene of the tanks has been made watertight by using(CPE) have been successful only when buried. puddle clay, bentonite, sodium salts, concrete, metal,Thickness of buried plastic film should be 0.02 to and flexible membranes.0.03cm depending on the sub grade soil. Side slope Storage bags constructed of butyl-coated nylonshould not exceed 1:3. The earthen pit should be have been placed in excavated pits or basins. Theseover-excavated to accommodate the cover material. storage systems are completely closed and bothThe sub grade should be cleared of all sharp objects, seepage and evaporation losses are controlled. Theirand if too coarse, a fine-textured cushion should be main disadvantages are susceptibility to mechanicallaid in the pit before installing the film. damage, vandalism, and vermin attack.Recommended cover thickness varies from 15 to Evaporation Control. — Cooley has discussed30 cm with the layer next to the film not coarser evaporation suppression method. Many methodsthan silty sand. Plastic-lined, rock-filled, excavated have been investigated and can be categorized bypits can be used and are a variation of the standard, energy-reducing treatments (energy involved in theburied, plastic-lined pond. The main difference is evaporative process) like (a) changing the waterthat the pond is completely filled with rock rather color, (b) using wind barriers, (c) shading the waterthan just covered with to protect the plastic. Freedom surface, and (d) floating reflective covers. Of thefrom vandalism and reduction of evaporation losses four energy-reducing categories, floating covers(as much as 90%) are advantages of rock-filled pits have been most widely researched and certainover open storage systems. materials seem most promising for use in water Butyl rubber and ethylene propylene diene harvesting storage facilities. These include coversmonomer (EPDM) are synthetic rubber membranes of continuous paraffin wax, polystyrene rafts, andused as water barriers for harvesting water. All formed rubber.synthetic rubber membranes can be used as exposed The paraffin wax, like that used for canning,linings, but they must be adequately protected melts at 128 to 130 F and forms a continuous coveragainst mechanical damage and damage due to during summer months. The wax can either bevandalism and burrowing animals. Synthetic rubber placed on the surface as blocks which will later bemembranes are resistant to weathering processes that melted by the sun to form a wax layer or meltedcause failure in other membrane and film materials. with a heater and sprayed or poured on the water.Rubber membranes are fabricated in numerous Polystyrene rafts are constructed of 1.2 X 1.02 cm 75
  • 76. sheets of expanded polystyrene, 25mm thick, coated Vegetation management methods have beenwith emulsified asphalt and covered with a layer of applied to larger areas than the other waterchips. They are then coupled together using a clamp harvesting techniques. Annual precipitation inmade of PVC pipe. An outer frame of 32 – mm excess of 280 mm is generally required to assurediameter PVC pipes is used as a bumper for the rafts. successful vegetation management results, andContinuous covers of low-density, closed-cell potential for increasing runoff yield increases assynthetic rubber sheeting, available as 1.2-m wide annual precipitation increases. Land alterationroll stock, have been fabricated for use on water methods are especially attractive where imperviousstorage tanks. Covers have been fabricated from 5- areas already exist (highways, airports, rockand 6-mm thick material. outcrops, etc.), and only collection and storage All three covers – continuous paraffin wax, facilities are required. Land alteration techniquespolystyrene rafts, and foamed rubber – reduce are also economically feasible in areas where laborevaporation by 85% to 95%. The cost of water saved costs are low and soil conditions are high evaporation areas compares favorably with Chemical and physical soil treatments, like salts,alternate water sources. Wind damage to floating silicones, and waxes, have been applied successfullycovers can be a disadvantage. Joining the to certain soils, but more research is required topolystyrene rafts together helps to minimize the wind delineate the conditions under which each can beproblem, as does maintaining an adequate freeboard used. Soil covers are not generally restricted by soilwith the foamed rubber. The wax covers have and climatic conditions; however, initial cost of thewithstood winds up to 22 m/sec on a small tank with system will generally be higher than for the otheronly 25 mm freeboard. methods discussed. Regardless of the material or method used, erosion protection, routineSummary maintenance, and protection of the catchment and Water harvesting is an ancient art used by storage should be in the Negev Desert of Israel over 3,000 yrs Water collected from the catchments can beago where they cleared hillsides to increase rainfall- stored in the soil itself (as in runoff farming) or inrunoff and directed the water to cultivated fields in excavated pits or ponds, bags, or tanks. Sophisticatedthe valleys. This practice was then essentially computer models and practical experience have beenabandoned until the early 1930’s, except for used to provide design standards for constructingcollecting rainfall from rooftops in some areas. and optimum sizing of catchment areas and storageAlthough revival of water harvesting techniques facilities.began in the early 1930’s, most activity in both Water harvesting systems may provide the onlyconstruction and research did not begin until the late source of water in some areas and can provide a1950’s. even this research effort and the development low energy input, economical water source in manyof new materials have not yet produced widespread others. The water obtained from water harvestinguse of water harvesting methods to provide water system can be used to increase the productivity ofsupplies, although there is still a potential for rangelands of proper management practices areeconomically collecting water in many areas of the followed. Although it is very useful in many areas,world. water harvesting depends on natural precipitation The particular water harvesting method used and is, therefore, limited to areas where precipitationto collect precipitation depends on several factors, is sufficient and variability is not excessive.including soil type and depth, vegetative cover,surface roughness and slope, climatic factors, land, Referenceslabour, and material costs, water use rate and • American Society of Agricultural Engineers,distribution, water quality desired, and availability “Installation of Flexible Membrane Linings,of materials. All of the commonly used methods fall “Agricultural Engineers Yearbook, ASAEinto one of four categories — vegetation Recommendation: ASAE R340, American Societymanagement, land alteration, chemical or physical of Agricultural Engineers, St. Joseph, Mich., 1974.soil treatments, or soil covers. • Baker, James W., “Polypropylene Fiber Mat 76
  • 77. and Asphalt Used for Oxidation Pond Linear, “Water • Cluff, C. B., “Low-Cost Evaporation Controland Wastes Engineering, Vol.7 No. 11, 1970, F-17- to Save Precious Stock Water, “Arizona Farmer –21. Ranchman, Vol. 51, No. 7, July 1972.• Burdass, W.J., “Water Harvesting for Livestock • Cluff, C. B., “Plastic Reinforced Asphaltin Western Australia, “Proceedings of the Membranes for Precipitation Harvesting andWater Harvesting Symposium, U.S. Department of Seepage Control, “Proceedings of the 11th NationalAgriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Western Agricultural Plastics Conference, San Antonio, Tex.,Region, ARS W-22, Feb., 1975. 1973.• Burgy, R.H., and Papazifiriou, Z.G. “Effects of • Cluff, C.B., and Dutt, G. R., “Using Salt toVegetation Management on Slope Stability, Increase Irrigation Water, “Progressive“presented at the January 25, 1971, Water Resources Agricultural in Arizona, Vol. 18, No. 3, 1966.Center Advisory Council Meeting, held at Los • Dedrick, A. R., “ Rain trap Performance on theAngeles, Calif. Fishlake National Forest, “ Journal Range• “Catchment Areas for Livestock Water,” Soil Management, Vol. 26, No. 1, 1973.Conservation Service, Wyoming Engineering • Frasier, G. W., ed., “Concluding Remarks,Standard, 701-WY, REev. Jan., 1968. “Proceedings of the Water Harvesting Symposium,• Chiarella, J.V., and Beck, W.H., “Water U.S Department of Agricultural, AgriculturalHarvesting Catchments on Indian Lands in the Research Service, Western Region, ARS W-22, Feb.,Southwest,” Proceedings of the Water Harvesting 1975.Symposium, U.S. Department of Agriculture, • Frasier, Gary W., Myers, Lloyd E., and Griggs,Agricultural Research Service, Western Region, John R., “Installation of Asphalt – Fiberglass LiningsARS W-22, Feb., 1975. for Reservoirs and Catchments, “WCL Report 8,• Cluff, C. B., “Water Harvesting Plan for U.S. Department of Agricultural, U.S. WaterLivestock of Home,” Progressive Agriculture in Conservation Laboratory, 1970.Arizona, Vol. 19, No. 3, 1967. 77
  • 78. National Seminar on Rainwater Harvesting and Water Management 11-12 Nov. 2006, Nagpur 13. Roof Top Rainwater Harvesting for Artificial Recharge to Ground Water : An Urgent Need of Present Century * P. K. Singh **Bhaskar Singh **B. K. Tewary Abstract : The water has been harvested in India since antiquity. Evidence of this tradition can be found in ancient texts, inscriptions, local traditions and archaeological remains. The Puranas, Mahabharata, Ramayana and various Vedic. Buddhist and Jain texts contain several references to canals. tanks, embankments and wells. Overexploitation of groundwater resources is increasingly being recognized as a major problem. Despite being one of the wettest countries of the world, India’s growing water shortage has reached alarming proportions. Over the last few centuries, a range of techniques to harvest every possible form of water has been developed. Technically speaking, water harvesting means capturing the rain where it falls, or capturing the run-off in one’s own village or town. So, the need of roof top rain water harvesting has become an urgent demand of the present century. The amount of water harvested depends on the frequency and intensity of rainfall, catchments characteristics, water demands and how much runoff occurs & how quickly or how easy it is for the water to infiltrate through the subsoil and percolate down to recharge the aquifers. Moreover, in urban areas, adequate space for surface storage is not available and water levels are deep enough to accommodate additional rain water to recharge the aquifers, so the roof top rain water harvesting is ideal solution to solve the water supply problems. The present paper focuses in brief about the components of the roof top rain water harvesting structure, types of recharge structures and the benefits of the system.1.0 Introduction : water from the deepest portions of the earth. Rapid industrial development, urbanization and Thus, the knowledge on the several traditionalincrease in agricultural production have led to water harvesting processes, storage facilities,freshwater abstraction in many parts of the country practices and their significance to the present dayas well as of the world. As the recharging of the situations has become necessary in the presentgroundwater is not adequate, there is a rapid century. It is estimated1 that 8 billion people (globally)decrease in groundwater level in several parts of are to be fed by the end of the first quarter of thethe world. In view of increasing demand of water 21st century. This effort requires utilization of allfor various purposes like agricultural, domestic and water resources intelligently. For this, there is a needindustrial etc., as well as unpredictable monsoon to collect, conserve and use critical water resourcesrainfall, a greater emphasis is being laid now-a-days judiciously.for re-use of waste water. It has become an urgent In this context, roof top rainwater harvestingneed of this century. Advancement in pumping can become popular technique to improve thetechnology is extensively used in extracting ground recharge regionally and globally. Moreover, in Urban * Scientists **Research Intern, Geo-environment Division, Environmental Management Group Central Mining Research Institute, Barwa Road, Dhanbad, Dhanbad- 826001 (Jharkhand) 78
  • 79. Areas, adequate space for surface storage is not c) Abandoned Dugwellsavailable and water levels are deep enough to d) Hand Pumpsaccommodate additional rain water to recharge the e) Recharge Wellsaquifers, so roof top rain water harvesting is ideal f) Recharge Shaftssolution to solve the water supply problems. g) Lateral Shafts With Borewells2.0 Urgency of the Process: a) Storage Tanks : A comparison of water levels from 1960 to 2001 for harvesting the roof top rain water, theshows that water levels in major part of country are storage tanks may be used.steadily declining because of over-exploitation. these tanks may be constructed on the surfaceDuring 1960, in Delhi, the ground water level was as well as under ground by utilizing local and large within 4 to 5 meters and even in some the size of tank depends upon availability ofparts water logged conditions existed. During 1960- runoff & water demand.2001, water levels have declined by 2- 6 m. in most after proper chlorination, the stored water maypart of the alluvial areas. Decline of 8-20 m. has be used for drinking purpose.been recorded in south-west district and in southdistrict the decline has been 8-30 m. Areas b) Recharge Pitsregistering significant decline fall mainly in south and recharge pits are constructed for rechargingsouth-west districts and have been identified as the shallow aquifers.priority areas for taking up artificial recharge to these are constructed 1 to 2 m. wide and 2 to 3ground water by roof top rain water harvesting. m. deep which are back filled with boulders, gravels Thus, though the concept of roof top rainwater & coarse sand.harvesting is an age old one, but systematic collection the size of filter material is generally taken asand recharging to ground water is of recent times. below:As surface water sources fail to meet the rising coarse sand : 1.5 - 2 mmdemands of water supply in urban areas, ground gravels : 5 - 10 mmwater reserves are being tapped and over-exploited boulders : 5 - 20 cmresulting into decline in ground water levels and the filter material should be filled in gradeddeterioration of ground water quality. This precarious form. boulders at the bottom, gravels in betweensituation needs to be rectified by immediately & coarse sand at the top so that the silt content thatrecharging the depleted aquifers. will come with runoff will be deposited on the top of the coarse sand layer and can easily be3.0 Typical Roof Top Rainwater Harvesting removed.Structure: if clay layer encountered at shallow depth, it A typical roof top rainwater harvesting system should be punctured with auger hole and that augercomprises of: hole should be refilled with fine gravel of 3 to 6 mma) roof catchments size.b) guttersc) down pipes c) Trenchesd) rain water/storm water drains these are constructed when the permeablee) filter chamber strata is available at shallow depths.f) ground water recharge structures like pit, trench may be 0.5 to 1 m. wide, 1 to 1.5 m.trench, tube well or combination of above structures. deep and 10 to 20 m. long depending upon availability of water.4.0 Methods of Groundwater Recharge: these are back filled with filter materials. in For Rainwater Harvesting System following case of clay layer encountered at shallowstructures are required: depth,a) Recharge Pits the number of auger holes may be constructedb) Recharge Trenches & back filled with fine gravels. 79
  • 80. d) Abandoned Dug wells 30 m. long depending upon availability of water with existing abandoned dug wells may be utilised one or more bore wells may be constructed. theas recharge structure after cleaning and desilting lateral trench is back filled with boulders, gravels &the same. coarse sand. for removing the silt contents, the runoff watershould pass either through a desilting chamber 5.0 Benefits of Rooftop Rainwater Harvestingor filter chamber. Structure a) An ideal solution of water problem in arease) Abandoned Hand pumps having inadequate water resources. the existing abandoned hand pumps may be b) The ground water level will rise.used for recharging the shallow / deep aquifers, c) Mitigates the effects of drought.if the availability of water is limited. d) Reduces the runoff which chokes the storm water should pass through filter media before water drains.diverting it into hand pumps. e) Reduces flooding of roads. f) Quality of water improves.f) recharge wells g) Soil erosion will be reduced. recharge wells of 100 to 300 mm. diameter .are generally constructed for recharging the 6.0 Design Criteria of Recharge Structuresdeeper aquifers and roof top rain water is diverted Recharge structures should be designed basedto recharge well for recharge to ground water. The on availability of space, availability of runoff, depthrunoff water may be passed through filter media to to water table & lithology of the area.avoid choking of recharge wells. Assessment Of Runoffg) Vertical Recharge shafts The runoff should be assessed accurately for For recharging the shallow aquifers which are designing the recharge structure and may belocated below clayey surface at a depth of about 10 assessed by following 15 m, recharge shafts of 0.5 to 3 m. diameter and Runoff = Catchment area * Runoff10 to 15 m. deep are constructed depending upon Coefficient * Rainfallavailability of runoff. these are back filled withboulders, gravels & coarse sand. For lesser diameter Runoff Coefficientsshafts, the reverse / direct rotary rigs are used and Runoff coefficient plays an important role inlarger diameter shafts may be dug manually. In upper assessing the runoff availability and it depends uponportion of 1 or 2 m depth, the brick masonry work is catchment characteristics. General values arecarried out for the stability of the structure. tabulated below which may be utilised for assessing the runoff availability.h) Shaft with Recharge well If the aquifer is available at greater depth say Type of catchment Runoff coefficient20 or 30 m, in that case a shallow shaft of 2 to 5 mdiameter and 5 to 6 m deep may be constructed Roof top 0.75 - 0.95depending upon availability of runoff. inside the shaft, Paved area 0.50 - 0.85a recharge well of 100 to 300 mm diameter is Bare ground 0.10 - 0.20constructed for recharging the available water todeeper aquifer. at the bottom of the shaft a filter Green area 0.05 - 0.10media is provided to avoid choking of the rechargewell. Design Considerations Three most important components, whichi) Lateral trench with bore wells need to be evaluated for designing the rainwater For recharging the upper as well as deeper harvesting structure, are:aquifers, lateral trench of 1.5 to 3 m. wide & 10 to 1. Hydrogeology of the area including nature and 80
  • 81. extent of aquifer, soil cover, topography, depth to or green belts and general built up pattern of thewater levels and chemical quality of ground water area.2. Area contributing for runoff i.e. how much area 3. Hydrometeorological characters viz. rainfalland land use pattern, whether industrial, residential duration, general pattern and intensity of rainfall. Schematic sketch of Rain Water Harvesting in Rural Areas 81
  • 82. Roof Top Rain Water Harvesting Structure8.0 Conclusions : References : Thus, water has been harvested in India since a) Nagrajan R. : Water ; Conservation, Use andantiquity. Evidence of this tradition can be found in Management for Semi-arid Region: Capitalancient texts, inscriptions, local traditions and Publishing Company;2006.archaeological remains. The Puranas, Mahabharata, b) Athavale, R.N. Water harvesting andRamayana and various Vedic. Buddhist and Jain sustainable supply in India, Centre fortexts contain several references to canals. tanks, Environmental Education and Rawat Publications;embankments and wells. 2003 Overexploitation of groundwater resources is c) Natarajan, P.M., & Kallolikar S. Rain Waterincreasingly being recognized as a major problem. Harvesting New Approaches For SustainableDespite being one of the wettest countries of the Water Resources Development, Sarma Sanitoriumworld, India’s growing water shortage has reached Press; 2004alarming proportions. Over the last few centuries, a d) of techniques to harvest every possible form Howtoharvest.htmof water has been developed. Technically speaking, e) h t t p : / / a k a s h - g a n g a - r w h . c o m / RW H /water harvesting means capturing the rain where it WaterHarvesting.htmlfalls, or capturing the run-off in one’s own village or f) Thus, the role of Institution of Engineers introduction.html(India), Nagpur Local Centre is worthy in this Todd, D.K. (1980). Groundwater Hydrology.direction. Second edition., John Wiley & Sons, New York. 82
  • 83. National Seminar on Rainwater Harvesting and Water Management 11-12 Nov. 2006, Nagpur 14. Roof Top Rain Water Harvest- A Long Lasting Solution to Drive away the Need of Water Tankers *Mrs. Charu Bhavsar **Pradeep Bhalge Abstract Water has been harvested in India since antiquity. Roof top water harvesting techniques are not new for Indians. Numerous documentary and filed evidences about the water harvesting techniques used by the ancestors exist in India. For general, Maharashtra receives a good amount of annual rainfall. But the Government has to supply drinking water by the water tankers to numerous villages and wadies. Many of the wadies or tandas are situated in remote places. In such cases drinking water cannot be supplied to the thirsty people by tankers or by any other means. The water supplied by the Tankers may not be either pure or sufficient. There is a need to think; ‘Is it necessary to supply the drinking water by Tankers?’ The answer is ‘not in all the cases’. Roof top rainwater is the best solution to solve all the problems discussed above. This paper will illustrate the drinking water needs, computation of the quantity of the annual rain water from the roof top, methods and type of storages in practice, care to be taken to maintain the purity of the rain water harvested, and the merits and demerits.Introduction ponds and tanks in southern India. In Tamil Nadu, India receives good amount of rainfall. But the ancient people stored rainwater in public placedthe rainfall is highly erratic in nature. It is not evenly separately one for drinking purposes and anotherdistributed over the entire area and over the period. for bathing and other domestic purposes. They alsoIndia have distinct rainy season. In most part of the formed percolation tanks or ponds, for the purposecountry the annual rainy days varies from 10 to 45. of recharging irrigation or domestic wells. TheyAs soon as the rains are over, water scarcity starts. periodically clean the waterways so as to get cleanThe ancestors realize that, harvesting the water in water throughout the year. These are instances inrainy season will be use full in rest period of the the history that people constructed crude rubbleyear. They have developed varies techniques to bunds across river courses either for diversion ofharvest the water because they knew that without water or for augmenting the ground water.harvesting the water life is difficult to survive. There Unfortunately under the British governanceare evidences that, during Harappan period, there system the wisdom of the raindrop was lost. Thewas very good system of water management as technological interventions, which got water intocould be seen in the latest excavation at Dholavira our taps, relied on large-scale water impoundmentsin Kachch. The people use to manage water in the upper reaches of rivers and pushed the wisdomresources considering it as part of the nature, which of the raindrop into the background. Today the needis essential for their survival. This could be seen of the hour is to go back to the wisdom of ancestors,from the rainwater harvesting structures in the low rediscover their concepts and adapt them into ourrainfall areas of Rajasthan, harvesting springs in lives.hilly areas and mountainous region and percolation *Indian Council for water and culture; Aurangabad. **A.E.II, Water Resources Department, Government of Maharashtra. 83
  • 84. Traditional rainwater harvesting Kunds of Thar Desert : Traditional rainwater harvesting, which is still In the sandier tracts, the villagers of the Tharprevalent in rural areas, was done in surface storage Desert had evolved an ingenious system of rainwaterbodies like lakes, ponds, irrigation tanks, temple harvesting known as kund or kundis. Kund, the localtanks etc. In urban areas, due to shrinking of open name given to a covered underground tank, wasspaces, rainwater will have to necessarily be developed primarily for tackling drinking waterharvested as ground water, Hence harvesting in such problems. Usually constructed with local materialsplaces will depend very much on the nature of the or cement, kund were more prevalent in the westernsoil viz., clayey, sandy etc. The below listed are the arid regions of Rajasthan, and in areas where thevarious kinds of traditional rainwater harvesting limited groundwater available is moderate to highlymethods. saline. Under such conditions, kund provides convenient, clean and Sweetwater for drinking. The kund consists of a saucer-shaped catchments area with a gentle slope towards the centre where a tank is situated. A wire mesh to prevent the entry of floating debris, birds and reptiles, usually guard the openings or inlets for water to go into the tank. The top is usually covered with a lid from where water can be drawn out with a bucket. Kund are by and large circular in shape, with little variation between the depth and diameter which ranges from 3-4.5 m. Lime plaster or cement is typically used for the construction of the tank, since stone as a building KUND OF RAJASTHAN material is not always available and is relatively more expensive. Either of these materials can be used to plaster the horizontal and vertical soil surfaces, although cement ensures a longer life span. The success of a kund depends on the selection of the site, particularly its catchments characteristics. An adequately large catchments area has to be selected or artificially prepared to produce adequate runoff to meet the storage requirements of the kund. Bamboo Method : In Meghalaya, an ingenious system of tapping of stream and spring water by using bamboo pipes to irrigate plantations is widely prevalent. About 18-20 liters of water entering the bamboo pipe system per minute gets transported over several hundred meters. The tribal farmers of Khasi and Jaintia hills use the 200-year-old system. The bamboo drip irrigation system is normally used to irrigate the betel leaf or black pepper crops. Bamboo pipes are used to divert perennial springs on the hilltops to the lower reaches by gravity. The channel sections, made of bamboo, divert and convey water to the plot site where it is distributed without leakage into branches, again made and laid out with different BAMBU DRIP IN MEGHALAYA forms of bamboo pipes. Manipulating the intake 84
  • 85. pipe positions also controls the flow of water into But taking the mouthwash under a running tap willthe lateral pipes. Reduced channel sections and require more than 15 to 20 liters of water. A bucketdiversion units are used at the last stage of water of 15 to 20 liters was sufficient to take bath beforeapplication. The last channel section enables the the advent of tap water, but now a day’s taking bathwater to be dropped at the rate of 20-80 drops per under the water tap consumes 50 to 100 liters ofminute near the roots of the plant. water. In this way, habits of wasteful use of water are increased in these days. With the advent of theRoof top rainwater harvesting and rainwater electric pumps the rate of withdrawal of water fromharvesting techniques is not new the well is increased tremendously, resulting in to The concept of roof top rainwater harvesting depletion of ground water level. Every year theand rainwater harvesting techniques is not new. rains replenish the ground water. But due toMany of us feel that this tool is devised by the exploitation of more water than the replenish one;modern society as a tool to drought proofing. This peoples do not get water even for drinking inis not so. Our ancestors had been doing it according summer days. The wells and bore wells runs dry asto the means available then. At large, no of places soon as the rainy season is over. In such situationsin India, this art and science has been practiced. tankers are supplying water. The local leaders putThe most beautiful rainwater-harvesting scheme lot of pressure on the government officials to supplycould be witnessed at Deogiri fort. Water from the water tankers. It is observed that nobody worriesadjacent hillock was transported through an inverted about the purity of the water supplied by the tankers.siphon of twin pipes and the mot around the hilltop Drinking the impure water leads to water bornfort was filled. A moat around the hill top fort is disease. It is said that 80% of the human diseaseanother wonder. Transportation of water though are due to impure water. The whole family has toinverted siphon was a unique feature. The temples suffer when any member of their family becomeswere used as roof top rainwater harvesting devices. ill. Especially incase of a family whose livelihoodsThe noteworthy example is of Minakshi temple in is depend upon the labor work, if an adult get ill,Madurai. If seen carefully it is seen that beautiful survival of his family comes in danger. All thearrangement of collection of roof top rainwater problems as said above can be minimized if everyscheme is made here. The harvested water is stored family gets sufficient amount of pure water forin a tank. With the advent of tap water, rainwater drinking. A time is now came to think that is itharvesting has lost its importance. As our State is necessary to use heavy cost water supply schemesin a situation where efficient management of water everywhere? Is it necessary to supply water byresources has become a necessity, rainwater tankers? This can be achieved by adopting roof topharvesting has come to limelight again. We have to rain water system. By adoption of the Roof topresort to long-term measures in harvesting the rainwater harvesting techniques, there will not berainwater due to the growing demand. It is hence any need to supply water by tankers. Let us see thatemphasized that rainwater harvesting should how where and when this technique is useful.become an integral part of every home, society,village, city and country. Human water needs : Let us understand our daily per head water requirement.Back to the tradition Daily water need Maximum Minimum In the previous days peoples were bringing in liters in literswater from the community well. The water was Latrine and 25 05drawing from the well with the help of rope and washing mouthbucket. Thus there was a limitation of drawing the Bath 25 10water and indirectly there was restriction on the Washing cloths 25 10water use. The methods of domestic utilization were Food preparation 10 05developed to support the minimum use of water. and drinkingFor example water for mouthwash was taken in a Other purpose 10 05pot. The capacity of such pot was around one liter. Total 95 35 85
  • 86. The minimum water need is 35 liters per day Thus it is seen that the cost of the underper person. Thus 175 liters water per day will be ground storage tank i.e. 20000/-will be recoveredsufficient for a family of five persons. Suppose the within five years.roof top area of the house is 30 sqm; and the average Construction of Kund and such type of underannual rainfall is 700 mm. Then the roof top ground storage tanks are practiced in Rajasthan andrainwater potential is 21000 liters. If a under ground Gujarat. With these techniques they have solved thetank of size 3m x 3m x 2.5m is constructed. The water problems. They built a water storage tankstorage capacity of the tank will be 22500 liters. under the main Hall of the house. The storageThis much water will be sufficient to them for 128 capacity is ranging from 20000 to 40000 liters. Indays. That is more than 4 months of the dry summer summer days when the wells become dry they usedays. The construction cost of the tank will be the stored water. The rainwater harvesting systemaround Rs.20000/-. With nominal maintenance the is found in the house of general publics as well astank will serve for more than 40 to 50 years. Thus in the minister’s house also. It will be interested tothis is a long lasting solution. The annual cost of note that an under ground tank was in use in thethe tank will be around Rs.2000/- house at Porabandar, where Mahatma Gandhi was born. Comparison of tankers expenditure with the construction cost of water storage tank Harvesting Water at Home 86
  • 87. The rainwater that is harvested is pure with drained. 3 to 4 down water pipes seem sufficientvirtually no impurities and is suitable for all purposes. for 30 to 40 square meter roof areas.After filtration the harvested rainwater can be putto all uses including drinking and cooking purposes. FiltrationThe area on which the rainwater falls is the Before the water enters the down water pipescatchments area. The annual rainwater harvesting Filtration arrangements is must. This can be archivedpotential of rooftop can be calculated by multiplying with following simple methods.the area and the amount of rainfall that is received • Put a piece of sponge placed at the inlet of theannually. down water pipe. In rural areas, the roof top harvested rainwater • A PVC bucket with gravel, sand & charcoal iscan be stored or used for recharge of ground water. a good filter before rainwater is storedThis approach requires connecting the outlets pipe • A PVC drum with sponge at the inlet & outletfrom rooftop to divert the water in to a storage tank is also a filteror divert it to either existing well/tube wells/bore • A small two chamber inspection/ filter tank canwells or specially designed wells/ structures. also be devisedFollowing table shows the availability of rainwater • A Devas type filter is found to be useful. It isthrough Roof Top Rain Water Harvesting. easy to construct, maintain, and have low cost.Size of down water pipe The rainwater dissolves the impurities that are The collection system directs the rainwater present on the surface as it flows over the roof areafalling over the rooftop, into the filtration system. 75 into the collection system. Therefore it is advisableto 90 mm diameter PVC pipes resistant to UV rays to keep the catchments area free of any chemical orappear to be the best bet as down water pipes. Of other harmful impurities. At times, it is also advisedcourse, this depends upon the roof area to be that the run-off of the first few minutes of the rain Water yield available in liters from the annual rainfall, roof top area Annual Rainfall in mm .................. (m²) Harvested Roof Top Water in liters 87
  • 88. be allowed to flow out. This washes away most of to the one third area of the roof top and the depth ofthe impurities that may be possibly present on the the tank equal to three times the average annualsurfaces. rainfall in meter or three meter whichever is less.” For example there are three rooms in a house ofStorage size 3m x 3m. The total roof area will be 3no x3m x The harvested rain shall be stored in a storage 3m i.e. 27 square meter. Let the house is lies in thetank. The tank can be built with locally available average annual rainfall of 700 mm (0.7meter). Thenmaterials and traditional construction techniques. for storing the harvested roof top water construct aThe storage tank can be constructed underground, under ground tank having the bottom area equal toabove ground or partially above ground as shown one third the roof area i.e. 27/3=9 square the following figures. Use the ground water till Keep the depth of the tank equal to 3 times theit is available. Use the water stored in the tanks in average annual rainfall i.e. 0.7m x 3=2.1 meter. Thusdry months. the storage capacity of the tank will be 3 x3 x 2.1Depending on the amount of rainwater that needs =18.9 cubic meter i.e. 18900 liters. And this muchto be harvested and the proposed end use of the water will be sufficient for three most dry summerharvested rainwaters, an appropriate storage or month to a family of five members. And if used veryrecharge system is designed. The simple thumb rule precisely for drinking and cooking purpose then thisfor that is “build a storage tank of bottom area equal much water will be sufficient for more than six 88
  • 89. months. It is interesting to note that in Bikaner area • Rooftops of houses serve as excellent andof Rajasthan the people prefer to give harvested economical form of collection centers for rainwater.rain water to an ill person than the tap water. Thus If properly diverted and used for artificial rechargethey have very much faith on the purity of the it will augment the ground water table to a sufficientharvested and stored rainwater. Since 1986, in 450 extent. The roof is connected to the well through aschool of Rajasthan under ground storage tank are filtering arrangement by PVC pipe. A valve systemconstructed. The total storage capacity of these can be incorporated to flush the initial part of thetanks is about 27 million liters. The students and the rainwater to get rid of impurities collected on thestaff have drunk the water since its inception and roof. Rainwater also can be collected and stored inthere have been no complain from their teacher or large sumps to consume directly after necessaryparents that they have fallen ill from drinking the chlorination.water. • Bathing and washing water can be routed to the open ground nearby to percolate down to retainMaintenance the soil moisture. The gray water can also be treated Water harvesting systems require occasional by some water treatment methods like Soil Aquifermaintenance, but this can be easily accomplished. Treatment System (SAT) and further the pretreatedDebris and leaves should be filtered before storing water.the water by placing screens over gutters. Debris • The ground level near the gate should be raisedscreens over gutters should be cleaned periodically to retain as much water as possible inside theand storage tanks should be drained and cleaned compound. Alternatively, it is recommended toregularly. Water kept in tanks should be covered to construct a sloping gutter across the gates and directminimize algae growth and eliminate the potential the rushing water towards percolation pit. Forfor any mosquito breeding. multistoried building, it is better to direct this water to a recharge well.Ground water recharge-Simple Methods • The storm drains inside the premises should The water in the premises can be harvested to have boundary wall to ensure that the rain waterrecharge the ground water. The recharging will instead of rushing into the drains and going as waste,certainly help to increase the ground water storage. stagnates over the ground for sometime and seepsThe design and the location of these recharge into the is site specific and needs to be evolved as • Wherever there is a slope, it is recommendedper the requirements. to construct a dwarf wall to a height if 1 ft, to avoidWhen the rainwater falls on the ground, some of it run-off as well as to retain the rain water and allowseeps into the soil but the surplus adversely flows for slow percolation.out as a stream or as run-off. The top soil however, • The run-off water generated in monsoonscan hold only a fraction of water that falls on it and within an area can be well utilized for ground waterthe rest gradually percolates down, depending on recharging by diverting it into suitably designedthe type of the soil and joins the aquifers that are recharge structures in public parks, splay grounds,groundwater-bearing formation Artificial recharge stadiums, airports, stations, temple tanks, a process of augmenting the underground water • Storm water drains should be designed in suchtable by artificial infiltration of rain water and a way that two separate segments are made so as tosurface run-off. accommodate water coming from houses and from roads. The segments on the sides of the roads shouldTechniques of Rain water Harvesting. be covered with perforated slabs and should have• to make more water to percolate down the soil, percolation pits of depth 20 to 50 ft., depending onpercolation pits are made, when there is a paved the soil condition, at regular intervals.pathway and are covered with perforated concrete • Due to severe depletion of ground water table,slabs wherever necessary. Whenever the depth of many open wells, bore wells and hand pumps areclay soil is more, recharge through percolation pits getting dried. Instead of discarding these wells, theywith bore is preferable. can be converted into useful recharge wells. Roof 89
  • 90. water and run-off water can be diverted into these the water sources get polluted due to entry ofwells after filling the wells with pebbles and river floodwater in to them, and other reasons. In suchsand. There should be an effective arrangement for conditions harvested rainwater will be the onlydesalting before diverting the water into these wells. source of pure water.• It is advisable to have numerous percolation • Combination of roof top rainwater harvestingpits in agriculture lands for gradual percolation and and rain water harvesting is a long lastingrecharging of aquifer. Construction of small bunds sustainable solution for the drinking water crises,on slope areas slows down the run-off water and and to keep the tankers away.helps easy percolation. Run-off water can bediverted into a large well through a Baby well and Demeritsfiltering tank to avoid silt depositing in the well. Roof top rain water harvesting system can not• In open grounds, the topsoil is removed and supply water if there is no rain fall over thefilled with river sand. As the river sand is loosely catchments or the water is not stored in the storagepacked, it allows water to percolate down quickly. tank, in the preceding rainy season.Merits References• It is a low cost long lasting solution supplying Bookspure water. 1. Pani Sarvansathi, Pradeep Bhalge• If it is made compulsory to adopt the roof top 2. Aaj bhee khare hai talab, Anupam Misrarain water harvesting then there will be no need to 3. Bharatiya Jal Sanskriti Sawarup Ani Vyapti,supply water by tankers. This will save huge amount Dr. R.S.Morawanchikarof money. This on other wise can be spent on the 4. Param vaibhavacha tappa ala, Prof.development works. This will also save the diesel R.M.Pandavindirectly foreign currency.• The rainwater harvesting system is very useful Papers and Articlesin the remote places and in arid zone. 1. Glimpses of Water History of India, Dr. D.M.• It is also useful in high rainfall and well as Morelow rainfall zones. 2. Few Glimpses of Indian water Culture, Dr. R.• This can be a best solution in the areas having S. Morawancikarsaline ground water or water containing fluorides. 3. Sankalan Pauspanyache, Pradeep Bhalge• It is also useful in case of flood situations as 90
  • 91. National Seminar on Rainwater Harvesting and Water Management 11-12 Nov. 2006, Nagpur 15. Additional Ground Water Storage Potential for Artificial Recharge in Phreatic Aquifers of Yavatmal District, Maharashtra, India *Pandith Madhnure **Sunil Kumar Jain ABSTRACT Yavatmal district is mainly underlained by varied geological formations consisting of Penganga Group, Gondwana Group, Deccan Traps and Quaternary sediments. Post monsoon depth to water level and lithological logs of exploratory wells in shallow aquifers down to 20 m depth have been studied and analysed in detailed. The average tahsil wise depth to water level varies from 6 to 9 m m bgl and the available porous space for artificial recharge in unsaturated zone in phreatic aquifers varies from 0.4 to 6 m. The potential of ground water storage by recharging the phreatic unsaturated zone is estimated to be 951.6 MCM. The drinking needs of 1,44,200 people during the 4 months of summer season can be met or additional 1,29,500 hectors of land can be brought under assured irrigation from this augmented ground water resources. The undue withdrawal of ground water from the deeper aquifers containing excessive fluoride causing fluorosis can be checked in the area. KEY WORDS: Shallow aquifer, Storage potential, Depth to water level Yavatmal, Artificial recharges potential.1. INTRODUCTION 79009’ E Longitude (Maharashtra State Gazetteer, Ground water is basically a renewable 1974) and covers an area of 13584 km2, which isresource, but the volume of water actually stored 4.41% of the Maharashtra state (Socio Economicmay vary greatly from place to place depending on Review, 2003-04). It is one of the economicallyphysiography, climate, hydrogeology and rate of backward district of Vidarbha regions of the state.ground water withdrawal used for various purposes. As per the 2001 census the district has got aThe ground water development has to be optimised population of 24,58,271 with a density of 181/ km2considering the demand and supply factors. Under (Census of India, 2001). Location of the area is givenutilization of available resources is not desirable as in Fig deprives the economic development of the humanbeings. On the other hand overexploitation of 3. HYDRO-GEOLOGICAL SETUPground water leads to depletions of water resourcesand scarcity in future. Available ground water 3.1 Physiography and Climateresources and potential for its augmentation needs Physiographically the area is mostlyto be assessed scientifically and understood undulatory dissected plateau with isolated hillsholistically for planning the water resources excluding the eastern part of the district, which ismanagement. This study has been done for Yavatmal plain. The district is well drained by the riversdistrict on scientific lines as follows. Penganga, Wardha and their tributaries namely Pus, Bembla, Aran, Arunavati, Waghadi, Khuni,2. LOCATION Vaidharbha and Nirguda. The Yavatmal district lies between 19026’ The climate of the district is characterizedN to 20042’ N Latitude and between 77018’ E to by hot summer and general dryness except during * Scientist “B”, **Scientist “D” 2Central Ground Water Board, Central Region, Civil lines, Nagpur –440001 For correspondence (email: or sunilkumar_jain@ 91
  • 92. the SW monsoon. The normal annual rainfall varies dug wells for the year 2005 (CGWB, 2006). Thefrom about 850 to 1150 mm and it increases from depth to water level in the phreatic aquifers variesNW to SE direction in the district. The temperature between to 1.80 mbgl to 16.80 mbgl during the prevaries from minimum of 15.1 0C in winter and monsoon season and between 0.30 m bgl to 15.15maximum of 41.80C in summer. mbgl during the post monsoon season in the district. The tahsil wise average depth to water level in the3.2 Geology area during post monsoon season of the year 2005 Archaean rocks from the basement and are varies from 6 m bgl to 9 mbgl with an average ofcovered by Penganga and Vindhyan group of rocks. 6.96 m bgl. Deep water levels are observed in Wani,The Gondwana group of rocks overlays these rocks. Kelapur and Ghatanji tahsils. Hydrogeological mapDeccan trap is spread all over the area. Finally the of the district along with depth to water levelaction of atmosphere eroded the Deccan traps in (November, 2005) is given in Fig, exposing the other older formations at surface.The thickness of these formations therefore varies 4. GROUND WATER RESOURCESfrom place to place and thus hydrogeology of the The CGWB and GSDA estimated thearea is influenced accordingly (Deshmukh, 1994). ground water resources of the district based on The contact between Penganga Group of Ground Water Estimation (GEC) Methodologyrocks and Deccan traps is marked by unconformity. 1997. The net annual available ground waterThe contact between Gondwana and Deccan trap is resources are 1278.34 MCM and the ground watermostly undulatory. The eastern part of the district draft is 314.35 MCM. Overall the stage of groundis traversed by numerous faults; therefore rocks of water development is 24.6 % in the district (GSDAdifferent groups are met at different altitude in the & CGWB, 2005). The tahsil wise ground waterarea owing to differential subsidence or upheaval resources of the district are given in Table The lithological geometry of the phreatic Ground water development scenario variesaquifers is generated exclusively based on the in the district, while eastern part consisting of Wani,exploratory drilling at 51 wells is given in Table 1 Maregaon, Kelapur, Ghatanji and Jhari Jamni tahsilsand plotted in Fig 2. are the least developed tashils from ground water resources point of view having less than 15% of3.3 Hydrogeology the development. The Ralegaon, Yavatmal, The Deccan traps are the predominant water Babulgaon, Kalamb and Arni are the next developedbearing formations with variations in hydro tahsils with the stage of development between 15geological properties over horizontal and vertical to 25%. There is better ground water developmentspace. It is followed by Gondwana formations in Darwah, Ner, Digras, Pusad and Umarkhed tashilshaving sandstone and shales sequence. The where the stage of ground water development is 25Penganga and Quaternary alluvium aquifers are to 40%. Maximum development of ground water isspread in limited areas but have significant role 45% and is observed in Mahagaon tahsil. As perwherever they are found. Archaean aquifers are the GEC norms all the tahsils and 64 watershedslimited and have less significance in the area. falls in safe category.3.3.1 Phreatic Aquifers: Phreatic aquifers are most 5. SCOPE OF GROUND WATERproductive and occur at shallow depth, which are AUGMENTATION THROUGH ARTIFICIALdeveloped by dug wells up to 20 m depth. Ground RECHARGEwater occurs in the weathered zone, fractures in The ground water development scenario ofArchaean rocks, Penganga formations, Vindhyan the district is favorable for further ground waterformation and Gondwana formations and weathered development in years to come. However, as thezone, fractures and vesicular part in the basaltic development of ground water resources proceedsformations. with increasing ground water withdrawal, the A comprehensive depiction of depth to depletion of water table will accelerate resulting intowater level is made by using the data of the 317 drying or deepening of existing wells. There are 92
  • 93. many pockets in the district where water levels have tahsil) to 6 m (Kelapur tahsil) with an average ofdeepened and also certain areas lack adequate 3.16 m. It is found that only some percentage ofnatural replenishment. Therefore, artificial recharge total thickness of the unsaturated zone is porous andmeasures would be required simultaneously so as the remaining is non porous for ground waterto augment the ground water resources of the area. storage. The percentage varies from 7% (Digras &There is a need for assessing the scope and extent Arni tahsil) to 67% (Kelapur tahsil) with an averageof artificial recharge potential available at present of 48%. The area having maximum thickness ofin the area so as to make a comprehensive porous strata in unsaturated zone is most potentialmanagement plans for the district. The artificial for ground water recharge through artificialrecharge potential has been assessed accordingly measures.on the scientific pattern and methodology in this The artificial recharge is targeted to raisestudy. the depth to water level up to 3 m bgl so as to avoid the danger of water logging. The column 7 of Table6. IDENTIFICATION OF POTENTIAL AREAS 3 is worked out by subtracting column 5 fromFOR ARTIFICIAL RECHARGE (PHREATIC column 4 of Table 3 or the actual top imperviousAQUIFER) layer or 3 m whichever is more. The base map of Yavatmal district on 1:250,000 scale is prepared by demarcating district, 7. STORAGE POTENTIAL OFtahsils boundary and major drainage. The UNSATURATED PHREATIC AQUIFERSlithological logs of the phreatic aquifers down to The volume of water for recharging thethe depth of 20 meters below ground level (m bgl) unsaturated (dry) zone of phreatic aquifers isare compiled and plotted on the base map (Fig. 2), estimated by multiplying the tahsilwise area withas the area is developed by dug wells up to 20 m the available unsaturated thickness and the averagedepth. Data of 51 exploratory wells drilled by specific yield of the particular strata. Thus, the totalCGWB is specifically analyzed in detail for the storage potential of phreatic unsaturated aquiferphreatic part although their depth ranges from 17 varies from 9.04 MCM in Digras & Arni tahsils tom bgl to 470 m bgl. This is superimposed on the 142.56 MCM in Wani tahsil. The total potential ofbase map so as to account for storage potential of ground water resources augmented through artificialdifferent strata more precisely. The aquifer geometry recharge is estimated in the district is 951.61 also reflected from this data source. The depth to The tahsilwise details of estimated sub surfacewater level data of post monsoon season for the year storage potential of phreatic aquifers through2005 is used to assess the unsaturated space artificial recharge to ground water are given Tableavailability in phreatic zone. These are 4.superimposed and transferred on the base map togenerate a comprehensive map (Fig. 2). 8. GROUND WATER AVAILABILITY VIS A Based on the above-mentioned information, VIS AUGMENTATION POTENTIALthe tahsilwise potential for artificial recharge to The ground water resources of the districtground water is worked out. The summarized results are 1278.34 MCM and possibility of further groundof lithology, depths to water levels are given in water augmentation is 951.61 MCM or the actualTable 3. non-commuted surplus runoff. Thus, the overall ground water resources can be made available is The disposition of impervious layers below 2230 MCM (Table 4) depending up on the availablethe ground water surface has decisive role to surplus water. However, there are variations in thefacilitate or to retard the recharge from rainfall or tahsilwise scenario of ground water availability andstorage tanks. A perusal of the Table 3 indicates that augmentation potential.the depth of impervious formation varies from 0.75 m bgl (Darwah tahsil) to 5.6 m bgl (Digras & RECOMMENDATIONSArni tahsil).The unsaturated thickness of porous The additional storage potential of thezone availability varies from 0.4 m (Digras and Arni phreatic aquifers may be harnessed appropriately 93
  • 94. considering the drinking water scarcity and irrigation suggestions and encouragement while preparing theneeds of the area. It will generate many fold benefits paper. Sincere thanks are due to S/Sh. Bhushanto ameliorate the suffering of underprivileged regions Lamsoge, Binoy Ranjan, D.N.Mandal, B.N.Warke,and economic upliftment of the local populations. S.K.Bhatnagar, scientists, CGWB, CR who haveThe recommendations follow. collected the valuable data from the district.1. Efforts may be made to utilise the maximumvolume of water from the available potential of REFERENCES951.6 MCM or the actual non-commuted surplus 1. Census of India (2001): District census,runoff, which will cater the drinking needs of rural Yavatmal (Un published).people even during the 4 summer months. 2. CGWB (2006): Report on Groundwater2. The existing rural ground water supply management studies in parts of Yavatmal district,schemes will be strengthened by ground water Maharashtra. Un published Central Ground Wateraugmentation measures. Board, Ministry of Water Resources, Government3. Alternately, the additional irrigation of India report for A.A.P.; 2005-06.potential can be generated from 951.61 MCM to 3. Deshmukh A.B. (1994): Ground waterthe extent of 1,29,500 hectors considering the crop resources and development potential of Yavatmalrequirement of 0.65 m prevailing in the area. Both district, Maharashtra. Central Ground Water Board,these requirement may also be managed by suitable Ministry of Water Resources, Government of India,appropriation of the augmented resources. report no 629/DIS. p. 62.4. Stress on ground water withdrawals from 4. GSDA and CGWB (2005): Dynamicdeeper aquifers will be reduced which shall be used ground water resources of Maharashtra as on Marchin exigency and emergency for the future water 2004. Groundwater Surveys and Developmentneeds. Agency, Govt of Maharashtra and Central Ground5. Parts of the district is affected by high Water Board, Ministry of Water Resources,fluoride concentration in ground water resources Government of India, p.332.and therefore the utilization of water from phreatic 5. GSI (2001): District resource map ofaquifers will minimize the fluorosis in the endemic Yavatmal district, Maharashtra. Geological Surveyareas as deeper aquifers are discharging fluoride rich of India.ground waters. 6. Maharashtra State Gazetteers (1974):6. Appropriate recharge schemes best suited Gazetteers of India, Maharashtra state, Yeotmalin the area may be identified on the basis of local district, Second Edition (Revised), p. 872.and site-specific surveys and terrain conditions. 7. Socio Economic Review and District Statistical Abstract (2003-04): Yavatmal District,ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Maharashtra. The authors thank Shri Dinesh Prakash, Subramanian P.R. (1998): Ground water explorationRegional Director CGWB; CR, Nagpur for in Maharashtra State and Union Territory of Dadraproviding necessary guidelines and valuable and Nagar Haveli. Central Ground Water Board,suggestions in carrying out the studies. Auther Ministry of Water Resources, Government of India.expresses their sincere thanks to Shri P.K.Parchure, p. 294.Sc “D” for his constructive comments valuable 94
  • 95. Fig. 1Fig. 2 95
  • 96. Table 1: Lithology of shallow aquifers based on the results of exploratory drilling in Yavatmal district 96 contd....
  • 97. Table 1: Lithology of shallow aquifers based on the results of exploratory drilling in Yavatmal district97 TS=Tope Soil, C=Clay, VB=Vesicular Basalt, WVB= Weathered Vesicular Basalt, FVB= Fractured Vesicular Basalt, WFVB= Weathered Fractured Vesicular Basalt, MB= Massive Basalt, WMB= Weathered Massive Basalt, FMB=Fractured Massive Basalt, WFMB= Weathered Fractured Massive Basalt, SS=Sandstone, SHS= Shale & Sandstone
  • 98. Table 2: Ground water resources of the district as on March 2005 (After GEC-97) 98
  • 99. Table 3: Summarized results of the lithology, depth to water level of the phreatic aquifers in the area99
  • 100. Table 4: Estimated sub surface storage potential of phreatic aquifer throughArtificial Recharge to ground water in Yavatmal district, Maharashtra (Post monsoon season 2005). 100
  • 101. National Seminar on Rainwater Harvesting and Water Management 11-12 Nov. 2006, Nagpur 16. Appropriate Technique of Rainwater Management to Enhance Soil Moisture and Higher Productivity of Rainfed Bt Cotton *Jagvir Singh *D. Blaise *M.R.K. Rao *B. M. Khadi *N.R. Tandulkar ABSTRACT In Central part of India, 70 % of arable land is rainfed without assured irrigation and cotton occupy major area of 60 lakh ha under rainfed in 2005. Rainfed cotton production per unit ha is very low as compared to irrigated cotton. Higher production can be achieved if soil moisture conservation technique is to be adopted during growing season of Bt cotton. Sowing of Bt and non Bt cotton hybrids was done on flat system. Two different land configuration systems viz. ridges and furrow and flat bed system were compared in rainfed Bt hybrids at different fertilizer levels in Vertisols. Significant higher yield of seed cotton was received by adopting ridges and furrow method over flat bed system. An additional yield of 550 to 600 Kg/ha was obtained by utilizing run-off rain water in cotton field. Biomass accumulation and number of bolls in Bt hybrids by moisture conservation technique was higher compared to flat bed system in medium deep soil. The technique of soil moisture conservation through ridges and furrow was found superior over flat bed system in terms of increasing in moisture content by 4-5% and NUE during peak boll development stage when rainfall is scanty. Foliar application of Zn and B (@ 0.5%) improved fibre quality of Bt hybrids marginally. Higher dose of fertilizer was found non significant. Higher yield was observed in medium spacing (90x45cm) as compared to recommended spacing (90x60cm) adopted in medium deep soils.INTRODUCTION period as increase productivity of rainfed agro eco- Bt cotton is available in India only in the form regions (Venkateswarlu, 1981). Inspite of waterof hirsutum hybrids and now occupying an area of harvesting on watershed, an appropriate technique33% to the total area of cotton while in Maharashtra to conserve soil moisture through management ofit is about 80% area in Bt cotton. Production in the run-off water during scanty rainfall and activerainfed land is a very difficult task due to uncertainty growth period of cotton has been successfullyand uneven distribution of rainfall. Hybrid cotton is developed for conventional hybrids at CICR,a long duration crop requires more water and Nagpur. The efforts have been made fornutrients as compared to soybean or sorghum. It also maximization of transgenic Bt cotton productionhas capacity to tolerant excess water conditions for through run-off water management during scanty4-5 days or dry conditions for 20 to 25 days. Higher rainfall under rainfed conditions.production of cotton can be achieved at assuredrainfall of 650 to 700 mm with proper distribution MATERIAL AND METHODSof rainfall during growing season. Rain water Field trials on Bt cotton was laid out at Centralharvesting through tanks, ponds and reservoirs, Institute for Cotton Research, farm, Nagpur duringthough an age old practice but use of harvested rain 2001-06, to achieve higher production through run-water for supplementary irrigation in the stress off water management by making a ridges and *Central Institute for Cotton Research, Nagpur – 440 010 101
  • 102. furrows when rainfall recedes during September off water and enhance soil moisture. Thus run-offmonth. Two field trials on Mahyco Bt cotton viz. water was saved by above mentioned technique. ItMECH 184, 162 & 12 with different fertilizers levels enhanced the soil moisture and nutrient utilization75, 100 & 125% RDF and different spacing in cotton. Rainfall of 80 mm received in the middle(90x60cm, 90x45cm in medium deep soil and of October had beneficial effects in conservation of90x60cm & 60x60cm in shallow soil) were soil moisture through ridges and furrows system.evaluated for two years during 2001-03. Second fieldexperiment on bunny Bts viz. NCS 913 and NCS Soil conditions effect on yield and yield138 with non Bt bunny was conducted in medium attributing characters :deep soil with different fertilizers levels coupled Biomass accumulation at maturity stage (110with flat bed and ridges & furrows systems. Sowing DAS) in Bt cotton was significantly lower thanof cotton was done in the last week of June on flat conventional hybrids. Higher Harvest index (%) wasbed system. Fertilizer dose of NPK 90:45:45(F1), observed in Bt cotton because Bt cotton had higher100:60:80(F2) and 150: 80:100 (F3) to all hybrids bolls as compared to leaves. Higher seed cotton yieldwere given as per recommended practices. Only one and number of bolls in Bt was recorded in mediumspray of sucking pests was given to all hybrids and deep soil as compared to shallow soil. No yield2 sprays of insecticides for controlling bollworms difference was observed in shallow soil by applyingwere given in non Bt only. Cotton was picked thrice higher dose of fertilizer (125% RDF) while inin Bt and twice in non-Bt. Rainfall distribution and medium deep soil, higher dose of fertilizer gavetemperature data during the crop season from 25 higher yield as compared to RDF but no significantJune to 31 December is presented in table 1. increase in yield was recorded due to higher dose of fertilizer. Hence, the recommended dose of fertilizerRESULTS AND DISSCUTION to hybrid cotton Bt or conventional hybrid wasEffect of rainfall distribution on growth of sufficient for getting optimum seed cotton yield.cotton : Fibre quality of Bt cotton was also improved when Rainfall data for the year 2002 and 2005 was Bt was grown in medium deep soils.interpreted in the paper where soil moisture contentof surface soil was measured at 80, 95 and 110 days Spacing effect on yield and conservation of soilafter sowing (DAS). Total rainfall during the crop moisture :season was 1018, 651 and 1012 mm in 2003, 2004 In shallow soils medium spacing (90x45 cmand 2005, respectively. In 2002, there was a good or 60x60 cm) for hybrid cotton was found superiordistribution (32 rainy days) of rainfall of 661 mm over higher spacing viz. 90x60 cm or 90x75 cm.during active growth period upto first fortnight of sowing of cotton rows across the slope was also aSeptember and there after very few amount of good to protect soil erosion and run-off rainwater.rainfall was received. Ridges and furrows ware made At maturity stage there was higher soil moisture byon third September, 2002 which has saved run-off 3-4% in lower spacing as compared to higherrain-water of first week of September. After second spacing in shallow soils resulted in higher nutrientweek of September there was a scanty rainfall of 30 utilization by cotton and higher seed cotton In 2005, precipitation during the active growth In spacing trial with Bt hybrids viz. NCS 138 andperiod of cotton i.e. from 25 June to 15 August was NCS 913, data indicated that higher seed cotton yield673 mm and for the period from 16 August to 30 of 25q/ha in Bt cotton was obtained at mediumSeptember, it was 370 mm. Rainfall distribution was spacing (90cm x 45cm) as compared to 21q/ha inuneven at initial growth period of cotton. Ridges lower spacing (90cm x 30cm) and 22.5q/ha inand furrows were made across the slope on 22 recommended spacing (90cm x 60cm), it might beAugust, 2005 when rainfall recedes. In the first due to protection of soil erosion and run-off rainfortnight of September, there was heavy rainfall of water. Additional yield in medium spacing system280 mm resulting in large proportion of run-off may also be attributed by more plant population perwater. If ridges and furrows made before the rainfall unit area.of September it could have been better to save run- 102
  • 103. Effect of soil moisture conservation technique: CONCLUSION Significant higher yield of seed cotton was Therefore, to make this technique a viable andobtained at ridges & furrows system over flat bed successful one in rainfed Agro-ecoregions, ridgessystem. Both the Bt hybrids gave an additional yield and furrows are to be made across the slope andof about 600 kg by utilizing run-off water through when rainfall recedes and demand of water is moreland configuration as ridges & furrows system over for development of bolls in cotton. The maximumflat bed system. Higher seed cotton was recorded in conservation of run-off of scanty rainwater and itsboth the Bt hybrids as compared to non-Bt Bunny. prudent utilization practice is worth forNo significant difference in yield was observed due maximization of cotton production under rainfedto higher dose of fertilizers. However, the increase yield by 20-25% at ridges and furrows systemwas noticed at higher dose of fertilizer. REFERENCE : Venkateshwarlu J. (1981). Maximization of crop production in dry lands. J. Soil Cons. 9: 124-40. Table 1 : Rainfall (mm) distribution pattern during crop season Period Rainfall No. of rainy days Max Temp. (Mean) Year-2002 25 Jun to 15 Sept 661 32 330 C (Jun-3, Jul-3, Aug-19, Sept-7) (June- 36, Jul -34, Aug- 30, Sept- 32) 16 Sept to 30 Sept 7 2 320 C 1 Oct to 15 Oct 13 1 340C Year-2005 25 Jun to 15 Sept 437 33 340C (Jun-38, Jul-30, Aug-31,Sept-31) 16 Sept to 30 Sept 315 16 320C 1 Oct to 15 Oct - - 320C Table-2 : Effect of fertilizer levels at different run-off water management on Seed cotton yield (q/ha) Hybrids Seed cotton yield F1:90:45:45 F2-100:60:80 Flat Bed Ridge & Flat Bed Ridge & Flat Bed Ridge & furrows furrows furrows Bt NCS 138 17.28 22.06 15.95 21.62 16.6 23.31 Bt NCS 913 15.99 21.72 15.91 20.55 16.06 20.88 Non Bt (Bunny) 9.34 12.06 9.03 12.08 9.65 12 103
  • 104. Table -3 Surface soil moisture content of different DAS in 2002 Growth Shallow soil Medium soil period Flat bed Ridg.& Furr. Flat bed Ridg.& Furr. At 100% RDF treatment 80 DAS 20 24.5 22 27 95 DAS 16 20 20 24.5 110 DAS 10.5 12.5 11 13.5 At 125% RDF 80 DAS 20 24 22 26 95 DAS 15 18.5 19.5 24 110 DAS 9.5 12 10.5 11.5Ridg.& furr.-Ridges & Furrows NCS 138 NCS 913 Bunny non-Bt 30 26.52 24 .69 24.3 24.42 25 24.94 22.88 2 1. 8 6 2 1. 9 6 2 1. 5 2 Seed cotton yield (q/ha) 20.8 20 14 . 9 6 15 14 . 0 8 13 . 9 5 13 . 7 1 12 . 4 3 10 5 0 90x30 90x45 90x60 100:60:80 150:80:100 Spacing x Fertilizer Fig 2: Effect of Spacing and Fertilizers on Bt cotton yield 104
  • 105. National Seminar on Rainwater Harvesting and Water Management 11-12 Nov. 2006, Nagpur 17. Rain Water Harvesting – An ultimate need in 21st Century Er. L. K.BisoyiIntroduction : The collection system; and Rainwater harvesting (RWH) refers to The utilization system.collection of rain falling on earth surfaces forbeneficial uses before it drains away as run-off. The Factors : The following factors are to be taken intoconcept of RWH has a long history. Evidences consideration for RWH practicesindicate domestic RWH having been used in the Location and topography of the area – WhetherMiddle East for about 3000 years and in other parts plane or hilly area, rain fed, desert, steep slope,of Asia for at least 2000 years. Collection and drought prone, flood prone, rural and urban area.storages of rainwater in earthen tanks for domestic Rain fall pattern – Whether rain fall isand agricultural uses is very common in India since distributed uniformly through out the year orhistorical times. The traditional knowledge and intermittent.practice of RWH has largely been abandoned in Intensity of rain fall- It varies from 100mm inmany parts of India after the implementation of dam western Rajsthan to 11,000 mm in Cherapunjiand irrigation projects However, since the early 90s, (Meghalaya).there has been a renewed interest in RWH projects Soil Characteristics- Whether the soil isin India and elsewhere. Rainwater harvesting can permeable or impermeable to facilitate recharge ofbe done at individual household level and at level in both urban as well as rural areas. Catchments area – Whether barren land, ForestAt household level, harvesting can be done through area, Agricultural land, Ice caps and desert area.roof catchments, and at community level throughground catchments. Depending on the quantity, Water Resources at a Glance (India) : Out oflocation and the intended use, harvested rainwater, 100% water what we can be utilized immediately or after storage. Other 97% as sea water, such a huge water source isthan as a water supply, RWH can be practiced with of no use to us unless we treat it with highlythe objectives of flood control and soil erosion expensive methods like Reverse osmosis orcontrol. The total water resources, comprising evaporation etc… However water which we get bysurface water (1953 bcm) and ground water (423 such techniques is not affordable by everybcm) are not uniformly distributed, in the sense, individual.roughly 67 percent of the resources are reported to 2% water is in the form of ice and glaciers andbe available in the Indo-Gangetic alluvial basins is also not of any immediate use to us.covering 33 percent of the geographical area of the 1% water is in the form of rivers, lakes, groundcountry as against 33 percent of the potential in the water etc. Which is the only source, readily availablehard rock regions occupying 67 per cent of the to whole world to satisfy their needs.geographical area. This is represented in Fig-1. Now lets narrow down our focus to our country. Out of 1% availableComponents of RWH System : potable water source globally, only 4% is available A RWH system has three components in India. As compared to the world population, 17% The catchments; population live in India. Because of this situation there *FIE (India), ME (PH) (Committee Member, Env. Engg. divisionI.E (India), Orisssa state centre Bhubaneswar) Address : Plot no-759, Jayadev Vihar, Bhubaneswar (Orissa) 105
  • 106. is a tremendous crisis on our Water demand and supply arrangements. Water resources Available water in BCM Losses in BCM Unutilized water that can be harnessed in BCM From all natural – Evaporation – 700 Remaining available water ………………1100 Sources — 4000 Flow on ground – 700 Out of which Flow to sea – 1500 Ground water recharge – 430 Present utilizable surface water – 370 Unutilized water that can be harness – 300Per - capita availability of land/water in India : Year 1950 2000 2050 (prob.) — Availability of land – ha/capita 0.28 0.1 0.07 — Year 1947 1998 2005 2025 (prob.) Availability water in Cum/yr. capita 6 2.2 1.6 0.5Projected water consumption :In BCM Irrigation Domestic Manufacturing Power Total 1997-98 560 30 30 9 629 2020 BAU 640 56 57 28 781 2020 BCS 602 51 57 27 737 (Source – Water resources division, planning commission Govt. of India)Harvesting potential(India) : Potential of Water Harvesting to meet India’s Drinking Water Needs Assumptions Population: 1050 million Average annual rainfall: 1,100mm Land area for which land-use records are available: 304 million hectares Average household water requirement nationwide: 100 litres/day/person Annual water Water collection efficiency Land requirement % of India’s land requirements (% of rainfall collected) 38,325 billion litres 100% 3.50 million hectares 1.15% 38,325 billion litres 50% 7.00 million hectares 2.30%Issues : A number of issues may affect the widespread adoption of RWH systems in India. Such as:Economics and Technology – Research and design needs to improve the cost-effectiveness of RWH, like: Economically optimizing the size of system components Minimizing the quantity or quality of materials needed to create any given volume of water storage. Developing new designs for tanks, guttering and catchments Developing measuring instruments to assist RWH system management Establishing the environmental and economic benefits of reducing extraction of domestic water fromdistant point sources.Water Quality and Health : the impact of RWH on health such as : The likely causes of low RW quality (physical, chemical, biological) and assessing its impact on health 106
  • 107. Actual RW quality as a function of user Strategiesbehaviors, system design and environmental Rainwater harvestingconditions Comprehensive water policy reform and Devising new techniques for reducing turbidity demand managementand pathogens, and improving the taste Secure water rights Understanding the links between RWH and the User management of irrigation systems.prevalence of disease vectors like mosquitoes and Reformed price incentivesidentifying cost-effective and sustainable vector Appropriate technologycontrol measures. Environment protectionWater Policies, Regulations and Attitudes that Tradable water rightsaffect taking-up of RWH projects on wider scales, International co-operationincluding: Current policies, priorities, rules and concerns Need and Advantages of RWH : The need andof key stakeholders advantages of RWH are as enumerated below RWH popularization and disseminationtechniques. Choice between Storage and Artificial The optimal role of RWH alongside other water Recharge of Rain Water (Fig. 2, 3 & 4) Thesupplies in different regions of the country. decision whether to store or recharge water depends on the rainfall pattern of a particular region. ForChallenges / Strategies in 21st Century – example, in places like Kerala and Mizoram, rain Challenges and Strategies for water in 21st falls throughout the year, barring a few dry periods.century are as given below. In such places, one can depend on a small domestic-Challenges sized water tank for storing rainwater, since the Ground water depletion period between two spells of rain is short. On the Water quality deterioration other hand, in dry areas like Delhi, Rajasthan and Low water use efficiency Gujarat, the total annual rainfall occurs only during 3 Expensive new water sources to 4 months of monsoon. The water collected during Resource degradation the monsoon has to be stored throughout the year; Water and health which means that huge volumes of storage Massive subsidies and distorted incentives containers would have to be provided. In Delhi, it is Development of new water sources 107
  • 108. more feasible to use rainwater to recharge ground that is collected on the rooftop of the buildingwater aquifers than for storage. Hand pumps – The existing hand pump may be used for recharging the shallow / deep aquifers,Rainwater Harvesting Practices(Fig.5-10) : if the availability of water is limited. There are two main practices of rainwater Recharge wells – recharges wells are generallyharvesting: constructed for recharging the deeper aquifer and Storage rainwater on surface for future use. It water is passed through filter media to avoid chokingis a traditional practice and structures used are under of recharge wells.ground tanks, ponds, check dams, weirs etc. Recharge shafts – for recharging the shallow Recharges of ground water: is a new concepts aquifers, which are, located below clayey surface.of rain water harvesting and the structures generally Lateral shafts with bore wells- for rechargingused are: the upper as well as lengths. Deeper aquifers lateral Pits – recharge pits are constructed for shafts of 1.5 to 2-mt width and 10 to 30mt.recharging the shallow aquifers. Spreading techniques- when permeable strata Trenches – These are constructed when the start from top then this technique is used. Water ispermeable strata is available at shallow depths. spread in streams/nalas by making check dams, Dug wells – drainpipes to a filtration tank, from cement plugs, gabion structures or a percolationwhich it flows in to the dug well, divert rainwater pond may be constructed. 108
  • 109. Is there Water Shortage ? Every village in India can meet its own water needs: Land area needed per village in different states ofIndia to capture enough rainwater to meet drinking and cooking water needsNote : Calculation based on the assumption that average village population in different meteorologicalsub-divisions is the same as that of the state.Source : India Meterological Department for normal rainfall data and based on Census of India data for1981, 1991 & 2001International Initiatives : In U.S. RWH practice in individual and small groups of Texas University through 3 cascade ponds tosupport aquatic life for biology laboratory fed by harvested rain water. In Mexico due to artificial recharge of aquifer 50% reduction cost of pumping of ground water achieved. In South Africa in 25 million hector one non-native weed consumed almost 7% more of country’s run 109
  • 110. off and it was replaced by indigenous plants to save and industries. The recycled water must be used forwater remarkably. all usages including agricultural needs, except for With active participation of NGO’s, World Bank drinking. This will reduce the per capital requirementand Denmark Govt. a special type of grass planted of water to nearly 25% of the present consumptionin Denmark in slopes which reduced 70% rainwater and enable larger number of population to getrun off and even strong roots of these grass adequate potable water and for sanitation.penetrated hard rock and improved infiltration. Community managed in situ water harvesting interventions on watershed basis can better theMajor initiatives(India) : quality of life of people be ensuring access to safe Recommending schemes which will ensure drinking water and increased productivity of naturalavailability of minimum 25 kiloliters of water per year resources. Unless some crucial measures are notfor each citizen in the country. taken in time then by 2025 India will be highly water Water harvesting must be made mandatory for stressed.. In view of this Rain water-harvestingthe buildings. Necessary legal provisions may be system is the only alternative, which can providemade in this regard. good quality of water. Harvested rainwater if Appropriate legal provisions for making recharged in to the ground then problem of depletionrecycling of water mandatory in all buildings of under ground water can be sorted out very easily.particularly larger hotels and industries where large It has become very necessary to form certainamount of water is consumed are to be taken out. regulations and laws for the effective utilization of Since sustainability of the drinking water available water source as well rain water harvestingsource is of paramount importance for smooth systems implementations so that our coming futurefunctioning of rural water supply, 25 per cent out of will be secured at least on Water front. Financial20 per cent of the allocation under Accelerated Rural incentives also can be devised to over come theWater Supply Programme (ARWSP) has been constraints.earmarked exclusively for water harvesting schemesto make implementation of such schemes mandatory. Selected Reading Similarly, 25 percent out of the allocation under • Agarawal, A etall – State Indias environment – CentrePrime Minister’s Gramodaya Yojana has also been for science and Environment New Delhi. 2001 edition • Agarawal, A etall – Making water every body businessearmarked for funding schemes under submission – Practice and policy or water harvesting - do -on sustainability. • Bisoyi L.K. – Rain water harvesting and Artificial MP’s are to be requested to utilize Local Area recharge – An innovative approach for crisis managementDevelopment Fund in their respective constituencies and sustainable development – An experiences of Newto take up water harvesting scheme. Delhi- 21st National convention of Env. Engineers, 11-12 Nov. 2005, Bhubaneswar, Orissa. Besides feasibility studies alone with • Concepts and practices for rain water harvesting –consultancy services for preparation of pilot projects CPCB-MOEF-10/2001, New Delhi.on rainwater harvestings in select states have already • Kalam A.P.J- Integrated water mission - do –been taken. • Kulkarni M.K. – Rain water harvesting – Definite tool Further, preparation of user friendly atlas type to win over water scarcity – Integrated water and waste water management for sustainable urban development –of document on traditional water harvesting Modern trends I.E(India), Pune Local Centre – 10-11structures in various parts of the country has been March-06.initiated for popularizing the concept of water • Nimbal F. – Rain water harvesting – Yojana – 6/05harvesting amongst all concerned including the New Delhicommunity. • Rain water harvesting – Need of the Millennium- I.E.(India), Tamil Nadu State Center. Jointly with HUDCO and Anna University- 12/2000.Conclusion : Rain harvesting is emerging as a viable • Sahoo. N. – Water harvesting in water sheds. – Vigyanlong term strategy to tackle the increase pressure on Diganta – 12/05, Bhubaneswar.fresh water resources of our country. In addition to • Yadupatty M.R. etall- Rain water harvesting – A casewater harvesting, water recycling is essential for study of in a College campus at Myosore – Hydrology journal, quarterly – IAH – ISSN-0971-569X-vol-28- no-large consumers such as hotels, public Institutions 3-4 Sept.2005. 110
  • 111. National Seminar on Rainwater Harvesting and Water Management 11-12 Nov. 2006, Nagpur 18. Traditional Rainwater Harvesting Systems – Our Field Experiences DHAN Foundation SYNOPSIS Traditional rainwater harvesting systems comprise mainly tanks, ponds and Ooranis (drinking water ponds). Considering the erratic rainfall obtaining in our country, they have been constructed by our ancestors over the past centuries, to capture the monsoon rains and store them for later use when required. During the past few decades they are getting degraded and even extinct due to various reasons, which has resulted in alarming water scarcity, over exploitation of ground water and environmental hazards. DHAN Foundation’s study, approach and efforts made to renovate these small scale water bodies with community participation are described. The achievements and experiences of these efforts are explained, with particular reference to the role of these renovated water bodies in augmenting storage capacity, stabilizing tankfed & rainfed agriculture, increasing crop production and most importantly improving the groundwater potential through recharge. In conclusion, formulation of a massive programme of tank renovation & its implementation with some priority criteria, and only through the user groups is recommended.INTRODUCTION turns into flood inundating vast tracts of land and Rainwater harvesting is undertaken mainly to damages life and property. When the rainfall iscapture the run off from the seasonal rains and store scanty, part of it gets lost by interception by treeit for use in times of need. The storage is made on canopy, evaporation and run off leaving very littlethe ground surface or underground, depending upon of it for storage and future use. Although water isthe topography of the land, the types of surface and renewable, it is a finite commodity. Thereforesub surface soils and the underground geological rainwater harvesting and storage becomesformations. Storage cisterns, check dams, farm imperative in either case, for effective use by people,ponds, percolation ponds, Ooranis (drinking water livestock and nature.ponds), irrigation tanks and reservoirs comprise the While in the urban areas rainwater harvestingsurface storage systems, Rain water stored in the is practiced for drinking, domestic, gardening, andsoil profile upto its field capacity, sub surface dams ground water recharge purposes, in rural areas it isconstructed in deep sandy beds across rivers and undertaken more extensively for irrigation, drylandstreams, sumps, dug wells, filter point wells, tube agriculture, horticulture, ground water recharge,wells and aquifers constitute the underground domestic, livestock, inland fisheries, duck rearingstorage systems. The source of supply for all these and for multifarious other similar purposes. Eachstorages is the rainfall which is highly variable. form of storage has its specific merits and uses, The rainwater which is not harvested and although from the efficiency point of view,stored, mostly runs off the land surface and gets underground storage is the best as evaporation andwasted without proper use. Where the rains are other losses are eliminated.intense and continuous over some days, the run off 18, Pillaiyar Koil Street, S.S.Colony, Madurai – 625010, Tamilnadu 111
  • 112. Table 1 : Merits, demerits & uses of different forms of rainwater harvesting and storageDHAN FOUNDATION’S APPROACH TO resources as a means to increase productivity of tankRAINWATER HARVESTING IN RURAL fed and rainfed agriculture. These rainwaterAREAS harvesting structures of one form or the other, benefit DHAN Foundation is a grassroots development predominantly the large number of livestock, smallorganisation working mainly in rural areas with a and marginal farmers and the rural folk who havefocus on water resources development and their local no access to large and medium reservoirs. Themanagement. More specifically, it has been organisation comprises highly motivated, wellconcentrating on the restoration of small scale water qualified and/or experienced professionals, who liveresources like minor irrigation tanks and watershed in and work from the villages, with a deep concerndevelopment, and the revival of local initiatives like for poverty alleviation through developmentalthe maintenance and management of the water activities, and build people to become self reliant. 112
  • 113. STUDY successive governments failed or did not care In order to gain a good understanding of the enough to study and revive the old methods of watertraditional rainwater harvesting systems like tanks harvesting, which would have once again made theand ponds DHAN Foundation first took up detailed rural communities self reliant with regard tostudy of the location, design and construction irrigation and drinking water. Inspite of the largefeatures, the water management practices and the number of large and small dams constructed acrossmaintenance of the systems. It found that those rain many rivers in the country, irrigation facilities arewater harvesting structures were ideally located, still woefully inadequate and people continue toingenious but simple in design, constructed with depend upon erratic rainfall conditions. In a countrylocally available materials and maintained by the where many regions are arid, semi arid or prone tolocal communities. However due to various reasons, monsoon floods, this dependence has proved costly.the foremost among them being the decline of Where the rainfall is unseasonal, in excess orcommunity management, these rainwater harvesting inadequate, the price paid is heavy in terms ofstructures have been steadily getting dilapidated and destroyed crops, mounting debts and uprootedin some cases even extinct. The government taking human lives. The most cost effective way by whichcontrol of the water bodies during the colonial rule the water resources can hence forth be developed,has triggered the decline of community management at least in Tamilnadu and the adjacent peninsularof them. Massive groundwater programmes like the states, is by rehabilitating the thousands ofconstruction of dug wells and tube wells, traditional irrigation tanks which are centuries oldaggressively promoted by government organisations and which are still functioning well where the localand banking institutions with inducements in the community is cohesive and enlightened, instead ofform of liberal loans and subsidies, technological investing in new structures and systems. Furtherinnovations like electrical pumpsets, provision of there are no more hydrologically appropriate sitessubsidised and in many cases free supply of available for forming new tank systems. After theelectricity to agriculturists for lifting water from the detailed study and analysis of the reasons for thewells - all these had contributed to the neglect of decline of the small scale water resources, DHANthe tanks. Foundation has ventured to restore these tanks to This neglect has set in motion, other intrusions their original design standard and performancelike encroachments, weed infestation and efficiency; and more importantly, to undertake thesedimentation of feeder channels and tank beds, programme by organising the concerned people,erosion of earthen embankments of tanks, loss of enlisting their active participation, building theirsluice shutters, leaky sluices and damaged surplus capacity and making them contribute a part of theweirs, all of which have further compounded the cost of restoration and thus become stakeholders anddegradation process of the water bodies. Instead of then facilitating them to implement the rehabilitationrepairing or restoring the water resources through works. These processes would ensure proper timelycommunity action, the people began looking upto maintenance and management of the water resourcesthe government to undertake the works. The and make them sustainable over the years, so thatgovernment’s attention was focussed more on the future generations would continue to enjoy theconstruction of massive dams and large scale benefits derived. History confirms that a communityirrigation facilities across the country, terming them is the best protector of its own the new temples of modern India. It perhaps feltthat these small scale water bodies are too small to ACHIEVEMENTSprovide any spectacular benefit and too scattered to During the past thirteen years DHANhave an effective impact on the people, to initiate Foundation has undertaken rehabilitation works ofany activity for their restoration. For a country which more than 750 minor irrigation tanks and Ooranisat the time of independence was in a hurry to catch with people’s participation, in the five districts ofup with the rest of the world and where millions of Madurai, Ramanathapuram, Theni, Tiruvallur andpeople had to be literally hauled up above the poverty Kancheepuram in Tamil Nadu; in two districts ofline, this was considered to be the way out. But Chittoor and Nalgonda in Andhra Pradesh and in 113
  • 114. Tumkur district of Karnataka. Besides, it has also and federations to provide credibility to them. DHANundertaken sixty tankbased watershed development organised several exposure visits to the people toworks with people’s participation and contribution other areas where the tank rehabilitation works werein Madurai, Ramanathapuram, Virudhunagar, undertaken, for them to see and share the experienceTuticorin and Chittoor districts. Twenty five of their counterparts in those areas. Several trainingcommunity wells were also constructed in Madurai, programmes were conducted to the members of theRamanathapuram and Tiruvallur districts. The funds Associations, Executive Councils and Federations,to carry out these works came mainly from the on leadership, organising people, constructionDistrict Rural Development Agencies (DRDA), technology, improved water management and cropDrought Prone Area Programme (DPAP), National production techniques, accounting procedures andBank for Agriculture and Rural Development the like, to build their capacity, motivation and(NABARD) and Sir Ratan Tata Trust (SRTT) while confidence. All these efforts paid dividends tothe International funding agencies like the Ford DHAN workers who could build a good rapport withFoundation and NOVIB, met the overhead charges the villagers and instill confidence in them. Duringof DHAN Foundation. While the funding agencies the initial years, with DHAN workers living in thecame forward with 100 percent of the cost of works villages and the nearest small towns, it took aboutas grant, DHAN Foundation availed only 75 percent six to nine months to form one association. Presentilyof the works cost, and successfully mobilised the with the experience gained over the years it takesremaining 25 percent from the beneficiaries, right only a month or two to do this. The process adoptedfrom the initiation of this programme in early 1992. to form WUAs has also been refined and improvedWe are happy to find that since 1997, the government so that the farmers’ federations themselves organizealso has changed their financing policy from 100 new WUAs and undertake the activities that DHANpercent grant to 75 percent and insists on 25 percent has been carrying out, in order to upscale thepeople’s contribution and full participation in many programme in a big way in the future. It is this effortof their development programmes. that makes people committed to their roles and DHAN Foundation organised about 950 water responsibilities which we believe would result inusers (WUAs) and watershed development sustained community management of the waterassociations with 60,000 members in order to enable resources.them to carry out the development works mentionedabove and to manage them thereafter. It also EXPERIENCESorganised tank farmers’ federations at the Panchayat DHAN Foundation itself gained considerableUnion and district levels to guide and assist the experience in these thirteen years of its involvementWUAs in their work, ensure the quality of work, in small scale water resources development. In itsmobilise funds towards people’s contribution and pilot (first) phase of three years, the focus of workliaise with funding agencies for speedy disbursement was on rehabilitation of tank irrigation systems,of funds. While the members of the general bodies wherein the emphasis was on restoring the tankof the various associations were the actual water structures like tank storage capacity, bunds, sluiceusers, in the selection of office bearers of the outlets, and surplus weirs to their original designExecutive Councils of these associations DHAN standard. This effort has resulted in greaterFoundation focussed their attention and assisted the acquisition and increased storage of rain water overmembers to make the right choice with great care. It longer periods. Additional storage capacity rangedwas these people’s organisation which did the from 100 to 200 percent. In the second phase of threeplanning, implementation, quality control and years, the emphasis was on regeneration of farmers’systematic accounting of the works, DHAN management in addition to rehabilitation. This effortFoundation providing only the required technical resulted in communities’ participation with activeand managerial support to them. DHAN also held involvement, reduced wastage and equitableseveral discussions at the tank and village levels to distribution of water among the users. This was mademotivate the people and organise them, assisted them possible by the users regulating the water usein drafting byelaws and registering the associations through their local management. During the third 114
  • 115. phase, tankfed agriculture was the focus beside This has been a boon to the small and marginal landrehabilitation and farmers’ management. This effort holders who could not have their own individualresulted in provision of appropriate inputs at the right wells to practice conjunctive use.time, improved water management and increased All these water conservation measures arecrop production ranging from 30 to 100%. And in introduced either on the initiative or with the consentthe fourth phase sustainability of the rehabilitated of the users of the water resource and in accordancetank systems in given importance by organising with their priorities. When the people get involvedMicro Finance Groups & facilitating them to intensely in every activity of tank rehabilitationperiodically maintain and manage those traditional planning, decision making and implementation, theysmall scale water resources. This has resulted in take good care to prevent wastage, preserve thegreater cohesion among the user groups and their stored water, and distribute it equitably amongconcern to maintain and manage the tank systems themselves. They maintain the structures themselveswith their own initiative and ensure the sustainability with their own funds mobilised for the purpose. Inand thus become self reliant. times of disaster like a tank bund getting breached Similarly, from taking up isolated tanks for due to unprecedented rains, the people themselvesrenovation, the planning and implementation was undertake breach closing and bund strengtheningmade taking a cascade of tanks as a unit, so as to work collectively, when every able bodied villagercapture and store the entire run off flowing down joins in the team work. This attitudinal changethe micro watershed. The feeder channel cleaning occurs mainly through each member of the WUAand restructuring (removal of wild growth of finding strength and confidence in unity. This is thevegetation and desilting) and removal of most important and gratifying experience that hasencroachments formed an important component of happened.tank rehabilitation. This work was found to be themost cost effective component for augmenting tank TANKS AS RECHARGE STRUCTURESstorage, next to provision of plug and rod shutters Although the primary use of tanks is irrigation,to sluice outlets for preventing leakage and they contribute as much as 40 percent of their storageconserving the harvested rain water. The philosophy to augment groundwater resources through recharge.has been “a drop saved is equal to a drop added to According to a study report by the Nationalstorage”. Another component of work added to tank Geophysical Research Institute (ICAR), Hyderabad,renovation was the provision of silt traps on the front measurements carried out in about 20 river basinsside of sluice opening to prevent the choking up the well distributed over the various climatic andvent way (pipe or barrel). Tree planting on the geomorphic zones in India, 5 to 10 percent of theforeshore of tank bed in the belt of land bound by seasonal rainfall is contributed as annual rechargethe FTL contour of the tank upto the government in the peninsular hard rock regions, whereas inboundary has been introduced, to provide additional alluvial areas, about 15 to 20 percent of the rainfallincome to the people through usufructs and to contributes to groundwater. The Central Groundminimise silt accretion into the tank waterspread. Water Board in its manual on “GroundwaterIncidentally tree planting also serves to identify the resources of India (1995)” accounted nearly 30 toencroachments if any and to remove them promptly. 40 percent of applied irrigation water as seepageYet another innovation made is provision of dead return from irrigated fields and field within the tank bed to hold water in a selected Irrigated fields also contribute to augmentation ofpocket to facilitate aquaculture, to serve the drinking groundwater resources. The average infiltration ratewater needs of livestock and/ or to provide life from paddy fields is reported to be generally higherirrigation to withering crops in times of water than that from tanks. The paddy field infiltrationscarcity. The community wells sunk in the tank ratio (that is, the ratio between the water infiltratedcomplex get much of their recharge from the tank underground to water applied) varied between 55itself and from the water applied for the crops raised and 88 percent. Paddy fields can be used as groundin the tank command and provide supplemental or water recharge basins by harvesting the rainfalllife irrigation to the crops after the tank gets emptied. effectively. Water spreading as a recharge method 115
  • 116. is practiced on an increasing scale all over the world OTHER BENEFITSin areas where the aquifer is shallow. Our experience In quite a few tanks renovated in the rural areasof the effectiveness of rehabilitated irrigation tanks of Madurai district, inland fish culture has been& Ooranis as groundwater recharge structures in introduced in tank water which fetches the waterTheni and Ramanathapuram districts is that there is users a sizable income ranging from ten to fiftya perceptible rise in the water table ranging from 4 thousand rupees a year per tank, depending uponto 6 metres (m). Before restoration of the tanks, the the period of tank storage and the efforts taken bywater table in the wells was between 30 to 45 m the local people to raise fish. Usufructs from treesbelow ground level. After the desilting of the feeder planted on the tank bunds and in tank beds havechannel & tank bed, the tanks filled up in the next generated additional income upto Rs 75000/- overrains and within a few weeks the water table in 169 a six year period to the water user group.dug wells situated close to Silamalai tank in Theni In some tanks and Ooranis desilted under thedistrict rose by 5 to 6 m. In the wells situated in the tank rehabilitation programme, the excavated tankzone of influence of Kurinjiappagoundan tank in silt was applied to their agricultural lands, therebyTheni district, the water table in twenty out of fifty improving the texture and fertility status of the soils.wells rose by five metres from 40 to 35 m belowground level, while in the remaining thirty wells the CONCLUSIONSrise ranged from 2 to 4 metres. In the next year, the The Institute of Remote Sensing (IRS) Annawater table rose still further, with many dried wells University has prepared micro watershed mapsgetting rejuvenated and providing adequate water Panchayat Union wise, delineating therein thesupply for irrigated crops. The area under well revenue village boundaries; and identifyingirrigation in this region has expanded by 50 to 100 favourable areas for ground water recharge usingpercent and ground water became a dependable remote sensing and GIS. We therefore suggest thatsource of supply. A new well 22 m deep excavated the tanks situated in such favourable tracts may bedownstream of a renovated tank has 9 m depth of taken up for rehabilitation on a priority basis, sostorage & provides drinking water for the entire that the people of those regions will get the benefitsvillage of Silamalai. In most of the wells under the of tankfed agriculture and groundwater recharge asrenovated tanks, people no more resort to deepening well and also augment the storage of the existingof the wells, which they were doing earlier, as they wells in the concerned tank commands.have adequate supply. We also strongly recommend that a ten year Similarly in Ramanathapuram district after the plan for the period from 2006 to 2016 be preparedreclamation of Ooranis, the water stored in them is to rehabilitate all the existing tanks and ooranis;available for drinking purposes almost round the initiate tankbased watershed programme in all theyear as against hardly 3 to 4 months’ availability districts of Tamilnadu to include farm ponds,earlier, as the storage capacity is increased three to drainage line treatment and tree planting on afour times by deepening the Ooranis. Besides, the massive scale. We believe that this effort willquality of water in the surrounding wells has also strengthen people’s participation and provide lastingimproved as confirmed by tests carried out in water benefits to the rural communities through tankfedtesting laboratory as well as by the local villagers. agriculture and groundwater recharge.Above all, the womenfolk are saved from the All existing encroachments in the water bodiesdrudgery of fetching water from distant places and may be summarily evicted and future encroachmentsthe time spent for the purpose. Since the Oorani be strictly prohibited in order to preserve these giftsreclamation works also have been carried out with of our forefathers and can be passed on to our futurepeople’s contribution of 25 to 30 percent and their generations to go along Nature’s path. Here it willparticipation, the beneficiaries take good care to be appropriate to conclude this paper with apreserve them from pollution and use the Oorani quotation from Gandhiji. “The greatness of a nationwater without wastage. and its moral progress can be judged by the way people treat the environment”. 116
  • 117. National Seminar on Rainwater Harvesting and Water Management 11-12 Nov. 2006, Nagpur 19. Importance of Rain Water Harvesting in Current Senario *S. R. Asati **Abhijit Deshpande Abstract In the last few decades, rapid growth in urbanization and industrialization trends, and dependence on ground water for domestic and agricultural purposes by rural community altogether have resulted in to exploitation of ground water without much focus on its recharge. Thus there is urgent need to search suitable methods to replenish the cause. In this context rainwater harvesting has been the crucial factor for sustaining the fast depleting surface and sub surface water resources. Rainwater harvesting is the traditional technique has been in use in hilly areas such as Forts and desert areas such as Rajasthan to conserve the water in the dry periods. Ground water is the main source and being exploited since the days of Mahabharata. The current paper focuses on the per capita water availability, critical ground water deficit problems in India and the various water harvesting techniques suitable for the Indian conditions. Each and every belt now faces the problem of depletion of ground water. This is the time to collect the people so as to solve the problem collectively, traditionally, economically, qualitatively so as to fulfill the minimum demand for the long time. Government policies and economic incentives have also determined how and how much of India’s water can be used.Introduction is stored in inland water bodies both natural (lakes The unequal distribution of water resources and ponds) and man-made (tanks and reservoirs).over the time and geographic area and its constant India receives a total precipitation of 4000 ofexploitation, especially the ground water resources fresh water in the form of rain and snowfall out ofhas arisen the severe ground water problems mainly which only1869 is available as annual surfacedue to its large dependence on ground water by the runoff and only an estimated 1122 can berapid growth in urban, rural and industrial exploited due to topographic constraints andestablishments. This has resulted in decrease in distribution effects.ground water levels without much focus on its Groundwater represents one of the mostrecharge and has thus necessitated the development important water sources in India and accounts forof water harvesting systems. Government policies over 400 of the annual utilizable resource inand economic incentives have also determined how the country. Due to the highly variable nature of theand how much of India’s water can be used. The climate, groundwater has become a popularfollowing discusses some of the major alternative for irrigation and domestic water usecharacteristics of water in India: where it comes across India. Reliance on groundwater resources isfrom, where it goes and how it is currently being particularly strong where dry season surface watermanaged. levels are low or where wet season flows are too A portion of the total precipitation of the total disruptive to be easily tapped. In addition to beingwater is absorbed by the soil and is stored in accessible, groundwater quality is generallyunderground aquifers. A much smaller percentage excellent in most areas and presents a relatively safe *Lecturer-Selection Grade **Lecturer Deptt. of Civil Engg., MIET, Gondia- 441 614 (M.S) 117
  • 118. source of drinking water for Indians in rural and urban per year (World Bank, 1999). According to the Worldcenters. Bank, demand for industrial, energy production and The presence and availability of groundwater other uses will rise from 67 billion m3 to 228 billionvaries greatly with changes in topography, Demand from the domestic sector has remained lowsubsurface geology and the prevailing climate in the and accounts for only 5% of the annual freshwaterregion. In some areas, groundwater exists in deep withdrawals in India (World Resources Institute,aquifers while in others the water is stored near the 2000). Domestic water use will increase as thesurface. The location of the aquifer also affects its population continues to grow and access to water isrecharge rate and its susceptibility to pollution and improved. Recent data from the World Bankoveruse. indicates that demand over the next twenty years will double from 25 billion m3 to 52 billion m3. OnlyWater Harvesting Systems 85% of the urban and 79% of the rural population Water harvesting structures have been designed has access to safe drinking water and fewer still haveto help capture and store rainwater during the access to adequate sanitation facilities (Worldmonsoon season and serve as a source of drinking Resources Institute, 2000). The central governmentand irrigation water during the rest of the year. In made a commitment to improve access to water inIndia, tanks, ponds and reservoirs cover a total of 5 rural and urban areas in the National Water Policymillion hectares, the majority of which lies in the adopted in 1987. The original goal of providingsouthern portion of the country (MOWR, 2001). water to 100% of all citizens of India by 1991 hadAlthough they do not make a significant contribution to be revised and now stands at 90% access to urbanto the total freshwater water resource in India, water and 85% access to rural areas, respectively. Drinkingharvesting systems do have a strong impact in terms water and sanitation nevertheless remain highof drinking water and irrigation provision on a local priorities on the government agenda.scale. Many of the water harvesting structures used Groundwater Depletion : facts and figuresin India are based on ancient models, mainly due to Following findings focuses on the criticalthe potential of these systems to supply freshwater scenario of ground water depletion :adequate to all areas and sectors and therefore highly As per the findings in 1955 the availability ofadapted to the prevailing climatic and hydrologic fresh water in India was 5277 cum while in 2001 itconditions of the area. However, since colonial has depleted to 1820 cum.times, these systems have been increasinglyabandoned and neglected in favor of large dam and Out of 650 BCM around 231 BCM water iscanal irrigation projects. So far, these ‘modern’ pumped from ground water.structures have been successful in providing waterto portions of rural and urban India, yet high Around 575 liters of ground water per capitaeconomic, social and environmental costs have per day is in demand, of which only 46 liters is usedreduced their overall benefit. As a result, for domestic and industrial purposes while the restdevelopment and civil society organizations have is consumed for irrigation.been advocating the return to local water harvestingsystems for domestic and irrigation purposes. As The ground water is depleting at the rate of 2awareness and public opinion continue to grow, to 3 mts.per year.water-harvesting systems will become increasinglymore important source of water in India. Finally Meherana in Gujarat and Coimbatore In the past several decades, industrial in Tamil Nadu have lost their entire ground waterproduction has increased in India owing to an resources.increasingly open economy and greater emphasison industrial development and international trade. The state wise ground water deficit ( consumption for this sector has consequently year) in India is depicted in following Tablerisen and will continue growing at a rate of 4.2% 118
  • 119. dropped 25-30 m. in a decade. The major utilization State Deficit ( year) is for agriculture in Tamil Nadu, which has caused Rajasthan 32.6 the water table to drop close to 30 meters in a decade. Maharashtra 22.0 • While it is estimated that Delhi will run out of Gujarat 16.0 groundwater by 2015 at current rates. In Ludhiana district of Punjab, the water table is dropping nearly Haryana 14.2 1 m annually; water tables are dropping by under Karnataka 12.7 one to several meters per year in much of northern Punjab 4.0 India’s Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. Other 2.8 • The position of most of the villages in India is Total 104.3 more pathetic where the major dependence of water supply for the domestic and irrigation purposes is the dependence on ground waterForth-coming Problems • India’s irrigation water came from less than 30• In the Indus basin as a whole, groundwater % groundwater in 1951 but over 40 % in 1980.pumping is estimated to exceed recharge by 50%. • India’s potential surface water resource = 700-• India is one of the leading countries in total 800 / year.irrigated area and the third-largest grain producer, • India’s potential utilizable ground-waterthe number of shallow tube wells used to draw resource = 350 / year.groundwater was 3000 in 1960, and 6 million in • India’s rainfall = 110 cm / year. Ave. surface1990. flow = 1800 / year. Inflow from neighboring• Water Constraints on Irrigation : The eventual countries accounts for / year of this 1800.lack of water for irrigation could cut India’s grain Storage capacity (mid-1970s) = 160 India’sproduction by 25%. 25% of India’s grain harvest water utilization = 250 / year (1974). 100could be in jeopardy. of this was from storage; 150 from rivers and• Pumped underground water is double the rate streams. Irrigation accounted for / yearof aquifer recharge from rainfall. of this utilization. (95 were used in 1951) Estimated surface water utilization in 2000 = 500Following are the critical ground water deficit / year, including 420 / year forproblems observed in various states of India irrigation. The ground water availability and the projected • Of 1.33 million km2 of land being cropped,deficit in India are shown in Fig.-1. It can be seen 240,000 km2 are irrigated, but only 50% of this hasfrom the figure that since 1951 the per capita water an assured supply of water. 90,000 dug wells, 30,000availability has rapidly decreased almost three times shallow tube wells, and 9500 deep wells have beenin fifty years in the year 2001, while the future installed in the past 15 years. The limited waterprojected availability is expected to be 1140 cu.m supply encourages inadequate leaching of land andwhich is almost twice less than observed in 2001. a resultant increase in soil salinity. Indian per-capitaHowever, this would much depend on increase/ water supplies fell by roughly half during 1955-90.decrease in pumping and our earnestness to • Sugarcane growers in the state of Maharashtraimplement the water harvesting methods. take 50% of available irrigation water supplies, even Presented below are the ground water deficit though they occupy only 10% of cropped land.problems observed in the various states of India: - • Water shortages plagued 17,000 villages in the• India’s use of ground water in 1973-74 was northern Indian state of Uttar- Pradesh in the 1960s.120-130 / year (80% for irrigation). By 1985 that figure had risen to 70,000. Similarly,• 65% of Haryana in India sits over salty in Madhya-Pradesh, more than 36,400 villagesgroundwater. lacked sufficient water in 1980; in 1985 the number• In southern India, groundwater levels are totaled more than 64,500. In the western state offalling 2.5-3 m/ years and between 1946-86; the Gujarat, the number of villages short of water tripledwater table in parts of Karnataka dropped 40 m while between 1979 and 1986, from 3,840 to 12,250 andin the state of Tamil Nadu, ground-water levels have 119
  • 120. over-pumping by irrigators caused saltwater to invade Following are the structures generally used forthe aquifer. the rainwater harvesting 1. Recharge Pits: Recharge pits are constructedWhy Rain Water Harvesting for recharging the shallow aquifers. These are Unavailability and inadequacy of surface water constructed 1 – 2 m. wide and 2 - -3 m. deep whichand to meet our demands, we have to depend on are backfilled with boulders, gravels and coarseground water. sand. Due to rapid urbanization and concrete 2. Recharge Trench: These are constructed whencovering over the land the infiltration of rainwater the permeable strata are available at shallow depths.into the sub-soil has decreased drastically and Trench may be 0.5 to 1 m. wide, 1 to 1.5 m. deeprecharging of ground water has diminished. and 10 to 20 m long depending upon the availability Over-exploitation of ground water resource has of water. These are backfilled with filter materials.resulted in decline in water levels. 3. Open wells: Existing open wells may be To avoid the situation of temporary floods or utilized as recharge structures and water should passstagnation of water in urban areas even for a short through filter media before putting it into open well.duration of rainfall. 4. Hand Pumps: The existing hand pumps may To enhance availability of ground water at a be used for recharging the shallow / deep aquifers,specific place and time. if the availability of water is limited. Water should To arrest saline water intrusion. pass through filter before diverting it into hand Improvement of the water quality, conservation pumps.and augmentation of the ground water aquifers. 5. Recharge Wells: Recharge wells of 100 to 300 Sustaining the moisture content in the subsoil mm. Diameter are generally constructed forso as to minimize the cracks during dry periods. recharging the deeper aquifers and water is passed To improve the vegetation cover. through filter media to avoid choking of recharge To raise the water levels in dug wells and bore wells.wells that are drying up. 6. Recharge Shafts: For recharging the shallow Different methods of Roof Top Rain water aquifers, which are located below clayey surface,Harvesting. recharge shafts of 0.5 to 3 m. diameter and 10 to 15 m. deep are constructed and back filled withThere are two main techniques of rainwater boulders, gravels and coarse sand.harvesting 7. Lateral shafts with bore wells: For recharginga) Storage of rainwater on surface for future use. the upper as well as deeper aquifers lateral shafts ofb) Recharge to ground water. 1.5 to 2 m. wide and 10 to 30 m. long depending Rain Water Harvesting Techniques Different methods of Roof Top Rain water Harvesting Bore wells Hand Deserted Open Wells Pumps Recharge wells shafts Recharge Recharge Recharge pits trenches wells 120
  • 121. upon availability of water with one or two bore wells • The structures required for rainwater harvestingare constructed. The lateral shaft is back filled with are simple and economical. Also suit in anyboulders, gravels and coarse sand. environment.8. Deserted wells: Recharge water is guided • Rainwater harvesting provides a water supplythrough a canvas pipe of 100 mm diameter to the buffer for use in times of emergency or breakdownbottom of well or below the water level to avoid of the public water supply system.scouring. ReferencesIdeal Conditions for Rain Water Harvesting and • Artificial Recharge in India, A Publication of NationalArtificial Recharge to Ground Water Geophysical Research Institute, Hyderabad.• Most suitable for the urban areas where • Asati S.R., “A case study on Rooftop rainwateradequate space for surface storage is not available. Harvesting,” Proceedings in National Conference and• Water level is deep enough (greater than 8m.) sustainable Development, L.A.D. and Smt.R.P.College foran adequate surface storage is available. women, Nagpur dated 16-17 Dec.2005.• Permeable strata is available at shallow / • Asati S.R., and Sharma N.S.”Roof top Rainwater Harvesting: A case study,”proceedings in 38th Annualmoderate depth. Convention of I.W.W.A. hold at Jaipur (Rajasthan), 06-• Where adequate quantity of surface water is 08 Jan2006.available for recharge to ground water. • Ashtankar T, Kelkar P and Nanoti M, ., “Rainwater• Where there is possibility of intrusion of saline Harvesting in Urban Areas- A Review ,” proceedings inwater especially in coastal areas. 38th Annual Convention of I.W.W.A. hold at Jaipur• Where the evaporation rate is very high from (Rajasthan), 06-08 Jan2006.surface water bodies. • C.G.W.B., Manual on Artificial Recharge of Ground• Where the ground water quality is bad. water, March 1994, Technical Series M.No-3. • Dainik Bhaskar-News Paper, 28th June 2004.Conclusion and suggestions • Development of Monomolecular Film to Act as The current paper discusses the ground water Evaporation Retardant and Prevent Water fromavailability, deficit and its future prediction for India. Evaporating from large Water Bodies Economically”,Also, importance and various harvesting techniques Project No. ID/17/95 sponsored by Ministry of Waterhave been discussed. Thus in the current scenario Resources, Govt. of India.of severe water crises implementation of rain water • Husiman L. & Olsthoorn T.N., “Artificial Groundwaterharvesting technique can be helpful in solving Recharge”, Pitman Advanced Publishing Program.following problems : • IWWA proceeding of 33rd Annual Convention Theme,• An ideal solution to water problems in areas “Water for New Millennium”. • Mahajan G., “Ground Water Recharge”, Ashishhaving inadequate water resources. Publishing House, New Delhi. • Pingle S.S. “Water Harvesting- The Need of the Hour,”The ground water level will rise. Proceedings in National Conference and sustainable• Mitigates the effects of drought and achieves Development, L.A.D. and Smt.R.P.College for women,drought proofing. Nagpur dated 16-17 Dec.2005.• Rainwater harvesting can reduce storm • National Drinking Water Mission, “Water Harvestingdrainage load and flooding in city streets. System Reference manual”.• Flooding of roads is reduced. • Rainwater Harvesting, A Publication of national• Rainwater is bacteriologically pure, free from Institute of Hydrology, Roorkeeorganic matter and soft in nature, so can be utilized • Todd D. K., “Ground Water Hydrology”, John Wileyfor drinking purposes. & sons• Soil erosion will be reduced. • Trivedi S.H and Bhavnani H. V., “Artificial Ground• Saving of energy per well for lifting of ground Water Recharge through Roof top Rainwater Harvesting:water – a one-meter rise in water level saves about A case study,” proceedings in 38th Annual Convention of0.4 kwh of electricity. I.W.W.A. hold at Jaipur (Rajasthan), 06-08 Jan2006. 121
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  • 123. National Seminar on Rainwater Harvesting and Water Management 11-12 Nov. 2006, Nagpur 20. Rain Water Harvesting : A Viable Solution To Conserve Water *Rishab Mahajan **Prof. Shakti Kumar ***Dr. R. K. KhitoIiya Abstract : The problem of water shortage in arid and semi-arid regions is one due to low rainfall and uneven distribution through out the season, which makes rain fed agriculture a risky enterprise. Rain water harvesting for dry-land agriculture is a traditional water management technology to ease future water scarcity in many arid and semi-arid regions of world. The paper discusses the use of water harvesting as an effective tool for water management. The various forms of water harvesting have been elucidated. The common goal of all forms is to secure water supply for annual crops, pastures, trees and animals in dry areas without tapping groundwater or river-water sources. As the appropriate choice of technique depends on the amount of rainfall and its distribution, land topography, soil type and soil depth and local socio-economic factors, these systems tend to be very site specific. The water harvesting methods applied strongly depend on local conditions and include such widely differing practices as bunding, pitting, micro catchments water harvesting, flood water and ground water harvesting.Introduction 1. Basic Concept Rain water harvesting is defined as the 1.1 General conceptcollection of runoff and its use for the irrigation of Water harvesting is applied in arid and semi-crops, pastures and trees, and for livestock arid regions where rainfall is either not sufficient toconsumption. As long as mankind has inhabited sustain good crop and pasture growth or where, duesemi-arid areas and cultivated agricultural crops, it to the erratic nature of precipitation, the risk of crophas practiced some kind of water harvesting. Based failure is very high. Water harvesting canon “natural water harvesting” the use, of the significantly increase plant production in droughtwaters of ephemeral streams was already the basis prone areas by concentrating the rainfall/runoff inof livelihood in the arid and semi-arid areas many parts of the total area. The intermittent character ofthousands of years ago, allowing the establishment rainfall and runoff and the ephemerality ofof cities in the desert .The European expansion, floodwater flow requires some kind of storage. Thereespecially the technological development since might be some kind of interim storage in tanks,1850, lead to a steady increase in area under cisterns or reservoirs or soil itself serves as a“classical” irrigation techniques with preference to reservoir for a certain period of time.large schemes. The classical sources of irrigation Water harvesting is based on the utilization ofwater are often at the break of overuse and therefore surface runoff; therefore it requires runoff producinguntapped sources of (irrigation) water have to be and runoff receiving areas. In most cases, with thesought for increasing agricultural productivity and exception of floodwater harvesting from far awayproviding sustained economic base. Water catchments, water harvesting utilizes the rainfallharvesting for dry-land agriculture is a traditional from the same location or region. It do not includewater management technology to ease future water its conveyance over long distances or its use afterscarcity in many arid and semi-arid regions of world. enriching the groundwater reservoir. Water *Pre-final Year **Professor ***Professor & Head, Post Graduate Environmental Engineering Department Deptt. of Civil Engineering, Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh – 160 012 123
  • 124. harvesting projects are generally local and small scale 2.1 Roof top water harvestingprojects. Rain “harvested” from the roofs of buildings including greenhouses is, in many locations, a very1.2 Necessities valuable resource being used mainly for drinkingThe main goals of water harvesting are: and domestic purposes. Fig. 2 shows a typical roof1. Restoring the productivity of land which suffers top harvesting system.from inadequate rainfall.2. Increasing yields of rain fed farming The various types of roof top rain water3. Minimizing the risk in drought prone areas harvesting are as follows :4. Combating desertification by tree cultivation 2.1.1 Component System5. Supplying drinking water for animals. This system enables custom building from separate components giving great flexibility2 Techniques of Rain Water Harvesting enabling the system to be adapted for many The various rain water harvesting techniques situations regardless of location of storage tankcan be broadly classified into following six realative to building.categories.1. Rooftop water harvesting 2.1.2 Module System2. Water harvesting for animal consumption This type of system differs in that they do not3. Inter-row water harvesting replenish the storage tank with main water. Instead4. Microcatchment water harvesting there is an integral main water cistern which the5. Medium-sized catchment water harvesting pump draws from when there is insufficient water6. Large catchment water harvesting. in storage tank. 2.1.3 Hybrid System Hybrid system comprises a module unit with an additional submersible pump located in underground storage tank. 2.2 Water harvesting for animal consumption Ancient dwellers harvested rain water for human and animal consumption by redirecting the water running down hill slopes into cisterns. Presently, this tradition is still practiced in manyFig. 1 : Annual precipitation ranges for different forms regions, but where the means are available, surfaces of water harvesting in summer rainfall areas used for rainwater collection are usually either physically compacted, chemically treated or covered to increase runoff volume: (i) Clay soils are well suited for compaction. The surfaces are shaped, smoothened and then compacted e.g. by tractor and rubber-tired rollers. (ii) Sodium salts, wax, latexes, asphalt, bitumen, fiberglass and silicones can be used as sealants on soils which do not swell with moisture (Frasier 1994). Plots treated with sun-melted granulated paraffin-wax yielded about 90 percent of the rainfall as runoff, compared to 30 percent from untreated plots. (iii) Concrete, plastic sheeting, butyl rubber and Fig. 2 : Roof top rain water harvesting metal foil can also be used to cover the soil for 124
  • 125. rainwater harvesting. Gravel may protect the “Matuta” (East Africa). The ridges of about 0.40 munderlying membrane against radiation and wind height are built 2 to 20 m apart, depending on slope,damage. soil surface treatment, general CCR and type of crop The runoff water is collected in lined or unlined to be grown. The catchment area should be weededpits down the slope of the catchment area (Fig. 2), and compacted; the crops are either grown in the furrow, along the upper side of the bund or on top of the bund. On sloping land, this system is recommended only for areas with a known regular rainfall pattern; very high rainfall intensities may cause breakages of the bunds. Crops cultivated in row water harvesting systems are maize, beans, millet, rice or (in the USA) grapes and olives (Pacey and Cullis 1986, Finkel and Finkel 1986, Tobby 1994). The preparation of the land for inter-row water harvesting can be fully mechanized. Fig 3. Rainwater harvesting system 2.4 Microcatchment systems for animal consumption Microcatchment water harvesting (MC-WH) is a method of collecting surface runoff from a small2.3 Inter-row water harvesting catchment area and storing it in the root zone of an Inter-row water harvesting is applied either on adjacent infiltration basin. This infiltration basinflat land or on gentle slopes of up to 5 % having soil may be planted with a single tree, bush or withat least 1 m deep. The annual rainfall should not be annual crop.less than 200 mm/year. On flat terrain (0-1 % Fig 4. Illustrates a microcatchment system. Theinclination) bunds are constructed, compacted and, water collected from different parts of the catchmentunder higher-input conditions, treated with area in stored as shown in the figure.chemicals to increase runoff. The aridity of thelocation determines the catchment to cropping ratio(CCR), which varies from 1:1 to 5:1 (Fig. 3). On sloping land (1 - 20% inclination) thesesystems are called “contour ridges” (USA) or Fig 5 : Negarin type Microcathment system The system shown in the Fig was given by Ben- Ashler [1] and has the following parameters. 1. Catchment Area = 3 - 250 sq. m 2. Cropping Area= 1 - 10 sq. m 3. Catchment: Cropping Ratio = 3: 1 -25:1 Fig. 4. Various forms of flat-land inter-row water 4. Precipitation =150- 600 mm/a harvesting increasing CCR/aridity of location. 5. Slope = 1 - 20% 125
  • 126. 2.5 Medium-sized catchment water harvesting 2.5.2 Floodwater diversion Water harvesting from medium-sized Floodwater diversion means forcing the wadicatchments (1,000 m2 - 200 ha) is also known as water to leave its natural course and conveying it to“water harvesting from long slopes”, as “macro- nearby areas suitable for arable cropping.catchment water harvesting” or as “harvesting from Floodwater diversion techniques were alreadyexternal catchment systems”. applied several thousand years ago. The various characteristics of this type ofsystem are1. A CCR of 10:1 to 100:1; the catchment beinglocated outside the arable areas.2. The predominance of turbulent runoff andchannel flow of the catchment water in comparisonwith sheet or rill flow of micro catchments.3. The partial area contribution phenomenonwhich is not relevant for micro catchments.4. The catchment area may have an inclinationof 5 to 50 %; the cropping area is either terraced orlocated in flat terrain. Fig. 6 shows a hillside conduit type systemwhich is adopted in areas having a precipitation of100-600 m. Fig. 7 : Flood Diversion Technique 3. PARAMETERS FOR IDENTIFICATION OF SUITABLE RAIN AREAS. The selection of suitable areas and techniques for rain water harvesting is of utmost importance to derive the maximum benefits from the scheme. Fig 6. Hill Type Conduit System The most important parameters to be considered in identifying areas suitable for rain and floodwater harvesting are as follows:2.5 Large catchment water harvesting Large catchment water harvesting comprises 3.1 Rainfallsystems with catchments being many square The knowledge of rainfall characteristicskilometers in size, from which runoff water flows (intensity and distribution) for a given area is onethrough a major wadi (bed of an ephemeral stream), of the pre-requisites for designing a water harvestingnecessitating more complex structures of dams and system. The availability of rainfall data series indistribution networks. space and time and rainfall distribution are important Two types are mainly distinguished: for rainfall-runoff process and also for determination1. Floodwater harvesting within the stream bed. of available soil moisture. A threshold rainfall events2. Floodwater diversion. (e.g. of 5 mm/event) is used in many rainfall runoff models as a start value for runoff to occur. The2.5.1 Floodwater harvesting within the stream intensity of rainfall is a good indicator of whichbed rainfall is likely to produce runoff. Useful rainfall Floodwater harvesting within the stream bed” factors for the design of a rain- or floodwatermeans blocking the water flow to inundate the valley harvesting system include:bottom of the entire flood plain, to force the water (1) Number of days in which the rain exceeds theto infiltrate and use the wetted area for crop threshold rainfall of the catchment, on a weekly orproduction or pasture improvement. monthly basis. 126
  • 127. (2) Probability and occurrence (in years) for the rainfall within a particular project area. The rainmean monthly rainfall. falling on a particular catchment area can be(3) Probability and reoccurrence for the minimum effective (as direct runoff) or ineffective (asand maximum monthly rainfall. evaporation, deep percolation). The quantity of(4) Frequency distribution of storms of different rainfall which produces runoff is a good indicatorspecific intensities. of the suitability of the area for water harvesting.3.2 Land use or vegetation cover 3.5 Socio-economic & infrastructure Vegetation is an infiltration rates which conditionsconsequently decrease the volume of runoff. The socio-economic conditions of a regionVegetation density can be characterized by the size being considered for any water harvesting schemeof the area covered under vegetation. There is a high are very important for planning, designing anddegree of congruence between density of vegetation implementation. The chances for success are muchand suitability of the soil to be used for cropping. greater if resource users and community groups are involved from early planning stage onwards. The3.3 Topography and terrain profile farming systems of the community, the financial The land form along with slope gradient and capabilities of the average farmer, the culturalrelief intensity is other parameters to determine the behaviour together with religious belief of thetype of water harvesting. The terrain analysis can people, attitude of farmers towards the introductionbe used for determination of the length of slope, a of new farming methods, the farmers knowledgeparameter regarded of very high importance for the about irrigated agriculture, land tenure and propertysuitability of an area for macro-catchments water rights and the role of women and minorities in theharvesting. With a given inclination, the runoff communities are crucial issues.volume increases with the length of slope. The slopelength can be used to determine the suitability for 3.6 Environmental and ecological impactsmacro or micro- or mixed water harvesting systems Dry area ecosystems are generally fragile anddecision making. have a limited capacity to adjust to change [3]. If the use of natural resources (land and water), is3.4 Soil type & soil depth suddenly changed by water harvesting, the The suitability of a certain area either as environmental consequences are often far greatercatchments or as cropping area in water harvesting than foreseen. Consideration should be given to thedepend strongly on its soils characteristics viz. possible effect on natural wetlands as on other water(1) Surface structure; which influence the rainfall- users, both in terms of water quality and quantity.runoff process New water harvesting systems may intercept runoff(2) The infiltration and percolation rate; which at the upstream part of the catchment, thus deprivingdetermine water movement into the soil and within potential down stream users of their share of thethe soil matrix, and resources. Water harvesting technology should be(3) The soil depth incl. soil texture; which seen as one component of a regional waterdetermines the quantity of water which can be stored management improvement project. Components ofin the soil. such integrated plans should be the improvement of agronomic practices, including the use of good plante) Hydrology and water resources material, plant protection measures and soil fertility The hydrological processes relevant to water management.harvesting practices are those involved in theproduction, flow and storage other important 4. Conclusionsparameter that affects the surface runoff. Various Substantial amounts of rainfall in semi-aridstudies have shown that an increase in the vegetation areas are lost (e.g. by evaporation from soildensity results in a corresponding increase in surfaces), which could be utilized for agriculturalinterception losses, retention and of runoff from production. This could be achieved through water 127
  • 128. harvesting. Rainwater Harvesting have the potential applicable in particular environmental and geo-to increase the productivity of arable and grazing physical conditions depends on kind of crop to beland by increasing the yields and by reducing the grown and prevalent socio-economic and culturalrisk of crop failure. They also facilitate re- or factors.afforestation, fruit tree planting or agroforestry. Withregard to tree establishment, rainwater and Referencesfloodwater harvesting can contribute to the fight 1. Ben-Asher, J. (1988). A Review of Wateragainst desertification. Most of these techniques are Harvesting in Israel. World Bank Working Paper 2.relatively cheap and can therefore be a viable WorldBank Sub-Saharan Water Harvesting Study,alternative where irrigation water from other sources p. not readily available or too costly. Unlike pumping 2. Boers, T. M. and Ben-Asher, J. (1982). Awater, water harvesting saves energy and review of rainwater harvesting. Agric. Watermaintenance costs. Using harvested rainwater helps decreasing the use of other valuable water sources 3. Oweis, T., A. Hachum, and J. Kijne. groundwater. Remote sensing and Geographical Water harvesting and supplementary irrigation forInformation Systems can help in the determination improved water use efficiency in dry areas.of areas suitable for water harvesting. The decision 4. Prinz, D., S. Wolfer.1999. Traditionalmaking process concerning the best method techniques of Water Management. 128
  • 129. National Seminar on Rainwater Harvesting and Water Management 11-12 Nov. 2006, Nagpur 21. Technology to Effectively Utilize Rain and River Water through Advanced Ground Water Recharging Technique without Interlinking of Rivers *Chetan Hari Sharma Abstract The technology to effectively utilize rain and river water through advanced ground water recharging technique is a system which club together nearly every engineering aspect related to it and utilizes them in the best possible way to serve the humanity. It channelizes the floodwater and the water, which would otherwise mix with the sea, as a ground water reserve, so that it can be made available, to the whole country during non-monsoon months. As the pure water free from all impurities is stored under-ground therefore a very huge percentage of water, which would have been evaporated if it had been stored on the surface, can be saved. In addition to all these capabilities the technology proves to be the gods blessing by generating electricity, through pollution free hydroelectric power plant in between the journey of this harnessed water from the surface location to under-ground aquifers, extracting all the additional energy which the water initially possess due to its potential head.1. INTRODUCTION necessary so as to obtain from this servant, as many Water is an excellent resource of nature, and it benefits as possible, with minimum expenditure.can be made to serve various functions. Properly Hence, the proposed proposal in this paper had beenplanned use of water may nourish our farms and invented by me considering all the aspects of theforests, may run our turbines for generation of hydro- behavior of water resource and present engineeringelectric power, may help in preparing modern capabilities which ensures that the proposal is themedicines for cure of various ailments and diseases, best one, and any other possible alternative will notmay help in beautifying our surroundings and be better then the proposed one.environments, etc. Besides, fulfilling the basic The purpose of the plan to effectively utilizenecessities of life, properly harnessed and developed rain and river water through advanced ground waterwater can enable us to lead an effluent and a recharging technique is to :luxurious life. It is in fact, an amazing fluid and can [a] Reduce the extent of annual flooding at thelead to an overall prosperity of a nation and that of flood prone areas, mainly of the Ganga andthe entire community as a whole. But, if not properly Brahmaputra Basin.harnessed or planned, the same useful servant may [b] Solve the ground water related problems, suchbecome wild or an enemy in the form of severe as ground water depletion, pollution and qualitystorms, floods, hurricanes, etc bringing disasters, deterioration, through rechargement of large amountdevastations and catastrophes. of pure water, which would otherwise get wasted. Proper planning is, therefore, absolutely [c] Boost agricultural productivity, as ground Krishna Mandir, Cement Road, Sadar, Gandhi Chowk, Nagpur - 440 001 India Email: chetan hari 129
  • 130. water irrigation’s contribution to agricultural the sea due to the floods, thus, the remaining availableproductivity is some 45% higher then that made by water is only 1100 BCM out of this ground waterthe surface irrigation in India. recharge accounts for 430 BCM per year and the[d] Prevent seawater intrusion in the costal area present utilized surface water is 370 BCM theaquifers, which is mostly caused because of ground balance unutilized water which can be harnessed iswater over exploitation. 300 BCM.[e] Provide water for drought prone areas, and the A large part of the precipitation on the countryregions where ground water level is depleting due is received in the Himalayan Catchments of theto over exploitation. Ganga- Brahmaputra- Meghna (GBM) basis. The[f] Generate additional hydroelectric power, distribution of precipitation over the India isapproximately 50% more then the present country’s predominately governed by the monsoon as a resulthydroelectric power capacity. of which the north eastern water of the country[g] Harness maximum possible amount of 1500 receives substantially large precipitation inBCM of floodwater, 700 BCM of water which comparison with the north western, western andpresently gets evaporated and 300 BCM of balance southern parts for example, the eastern part of GBMwater, which presently remains unutilized. basin Cherrapunji receives an annual precipitation of about 11,000mm while Ajmer just outside the2. PRESENT HYDROLOGICAL SCENARIO western boundary of the GBM basin may receive The rapid growth in the demand of fresh water only 200 mm of annual rainfall.driven by growth in the global population and ofthe economies has lead to this natural resources 3. INDIA’S GROUND WATER SOCIO-becoming scarce in many parts of the world. As a ECOLOGYresult, the ratio between the number of the people The groundwater socio-ecology of India hasand the available water resource is worsening day been at the heart of their agrarian boom; and thisby day. By 2020, the global population is projected socio-ecology is under siege. Much concern aboutto touch 7.9 billion, which is 50 percent longer than the problems of groundwater depletion, pollutionthat in 1990. Because of this rapid growing and quality deterioration is fueled by worries aboutpopulation the world may see more then six fold their environmental consequences. These are indeedincrease in the number of people living in the serious; however, equally serious are theircondition of water stress from 470 million today to consequences for the sustenance of agrarian3 billion in 2025. economies and millions of rural livelihoods that are In the global picture, India is identified as a precariously dependent upon groundwater where water scarcity is expected to grow India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and China account forconsiderably in the coming decades further drought the bulk of the world’s groundwater use inconditions resulting from climatic variability cause agriculture. Indeed, while much public investmentconsiderable human suffering in many parts of the has been devoted to the creation of surface irrigation,country in the form of scarcity of water for both the reality of India is that the bulk of its agrariansatisfaction of domestic needs and for crop growth in recent decades has been energized by aprotection. rapid rise in groundwater irrigation through small Unlike the precipitation patterns in the pumps and wells financed mostly through privatetemperate regions of the world, precipitation in India farmer investments. A new analysis of Indianis characterized by acute variation in both space and agriculture suggests that based on an Indian data settime. In our country 80 percent of the annual run off offering the tentative macro-level test, groundwateris limited to brief monsoon period generally less than irrigation may contribute more to Indian agricultural100 days. In total, country receives about 4000 BCM growth than even surface irrigation development.of water as precipitation annually out of which 700 The model results support the hypothesis thatBCM are lost in evaporation and another 700 BCM groundwater irrigation contributes nearly 50 % moreare lost during the flow on the ground. Also, the to rural wealth creation than surface irrigation; forlarge part of the water namely 1500 BCM flows into a 1,000 ha increase in the area under groundwater 130
  • 131. irrigation increases a district’s average agricultural development has tended to be more ‘democratic’; itproductivity by Rs 23/ha, whereas adding 1,000 ha has responded more to people’s needs and demandto surface water irrigated area increases it only by rather than to hydrological opportunity; it is linkedRs 16/ha. Table below provides an alternative mode more to population density than to the occurrenceof comparing Agricultural Productivity and Ground of the resource. Finally, groundwater has provenWater Irrigation in India. In the ‘average’ district more amenable to poverty targeting than have largewith 102,730 ha under groundwater and 79,230 ha surface irrigation systems; governments can designunder surface irrigation, Rs 2,363/ha of the average pump subsidies or build public tube wells, but notproductivity, of Rs 10,460 is contributed by large canal systems, exclusively for the poorergroundwater irrigation, while only Rs 1,258 is segments. That’s why groundwater economy of Indiaexplained by surface irrigation. is the backbone of its increasingly productive agriculture and rural livelihood systems. Table -1 : Throughout India, however, regions that have Comparison of Agricultural Productivity and sustainable groundwater balances are shrinking day Ground Water Irrigation in India by day. Three problems dominate groundwater use: depletion due to overdraft; water logging and salinization due mostly to inadequate drainage and insufficient conjunctive use; and pollution due to agricultural, industrial and other human activity. Groundwater depletion has major environmental consequences; but it has important economic consequences too. Declining water tables raise the energy and capital costs of accessing groundwater All in all, the analysis of Indian data explores to prohibitive levels; in such regions, like Norththat in the recent decades, of the agricultural Gujarat, entire agrarian economies face seriousproductivity of a ‘representative’ (or typical) hectare, threat of extinction from the decline of groundwaterthe portion contributed by groundwater irrigation is socio-ecologies. Water quality and health problemsvery nearly twice that contributed by surface - such as very high fluoride and arsenic contents -irrigation. It also shows that groundwater have similarly immiserizing social impacts in India. 131
  • 132. Unlike India countries like the US and Australia, the to effectively utilized rain and river water throughpresence of a small number of large users and low advanced ground water recharging technique, whichpopulation density creates uniquely favorable emanates to bring a permanent solution to theconditions for some institutional approaches to negative impacts or drought and floods. Such awork; but these break down in India, with its high desire must be considered without question, worthypopulation density and multitude of tiny users. For of applause because satisfaction of domestic waterinstance, a stringent groundwater law that is needs should be considered as a human right and beenforced in Australia would come unstuck in India given the top priority.because of prohibitive enforcement costs. Europehas a high population density; but it is much more 4. ABOUT MY TECHNOLOGYcomfortable than India in its overall water balance. My proposal envisages the withdrawal ofMoreover, ground water is a little Importance in flowing water through the river with the help of riversouth East Asia, which has abundant surface water. intake structure. It is necessary to construct such Therefore, it is obligatory that like surface river intakes because when water is withdrawnwater, the groundwater resource too needs to be through a conduit, from a river independently, andplanned and managed for maximum basin-level as such the entrance of the conduit is not an integralefficiency. part of the dam or any other related structure than an intake structure is used for safe withdrawal of4. FLOOD AND DROUGHT SITUATION water from the river over a predetermined range of The vast variation both in space and time in pool levels and thus to protect the conduit from beingthe availability of water in different region of the damaged, trash, debris, waves, etc. The most suitablecountry has created what is normally referred to as intake structures for this technology are: -food drought flood syndrome with some area [a] Wet intake towersuffering from flood damages and other facing acute [b] Dry intake towerwater shortage, flood and drought affects vast area However, the dry intake towers are useful andof country transcending state boundaries. As per beneficial in the sense that water can be withdrawnrecord after independence 70 droughts occurred in from any selected level of the river by opening thecountry. Land over 80% of our country goes under port at that level. Since, the rain is uniformlydrought if there is a short fall of 5% rain in monsoon. distributed over the entire basin therefore the runJodhpur, Banner, Charu district of Rajasthan is off goes on increasing while making its way towardsdrought hited for 31 out of 38 years. Floods normally sea. Hence, these river intakes can be installed ataffects, 8 major rivers valleys spread over 40 million such spacing that the withdrawal of water throughhectare of area in the entire country affecting nearly these intake maintains the desired level of flow260 million people, similarly the drought affect 86 throughout the river.million people who are spread in 14 states covering The water coming out from the conduit is senda total 116 districts. This flood comes from the 1500 to the water purification plant to improve the qualityBCM of water every year flowing during the of the water, in such plants water is passed throughmonsoon season. If we have to prevent the damage number of treatments so that the water coming outdue to the flood and reduce the severity of drought, of the plant when consumed for domestic purposeswe have to harness this 1500 BCM of water and it would not result in any health hazard. The qualitydistribute it to the drought-affected areas. If we of water can be defined and estimated by studying itssucceed in doing this, we will save Rs. 150 billion 1. PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS : Turbidity,per annum which is spend on drought relief and colour, taste, odour and specific conductivity ofRs.300 billion per annum which is spend on flood water.relief by our country. The question that arises is how 2. CHEMICAL CHARACTERISTICS : Totalto harness the floodwater? And how to regulate the solids and suspended solids PH value of water,out flow of floodwater so that it does not go into sea hardness of water, sodium content of water.and it is converted as useful water for the mankind. 3. BACTERIAL AND MICROSCOPICThe answer is, through the project for technology CHARACTERISTICS : Aerobic bacteria, faultative 132
  • 133. bacteria, plankton (algae), protozoa, etc. The reservoir is further connected to the It is necessary to purify water because through waterways, which acts as a passage through whichthis technology I had planned to preserve this water the water is carried from the storage reservoir to thein the ground water aquifer’s, so that whenever and powerhouse where electricity is generated, utilizingwherever required this water can be extracted with the power of water. The water has two_forms ofthe help of pumps for domestic and other uses. Also, energy while flowing through the penstock, kineticin the process of natural ground water recharging, and potential. The kinetic depends upon the massthe water while percolating below the ground surface of water flowing and its velocity, while the forms ofpasses through the voids of the rocks, and join water energy while flowing through the penstock, kinetictable, which makes it automatically purified along and potential. The kinetic depends upon the massits passage. But, in this artificial recharging of water flowing and its velocity, while the potentialtechnique water is directly passed to the underground energy exists as a result of difference in the waterlocation. Hence it most be purified first. level between the two points, which is known as Depending upon the capacity of water “head” the hydraulic turbine convent kinetic andpurification plants water may be supplied to a single potential energies possessed by the water intoplant from the number of river intake structure via, mechanical power. The hydraulic turbine is thus aconduit pipe or water may be supplied to the plant prime mover which when coupled to a generatorfrom a single river intake structure. The water produces electric power.released from the purification plant is impounded Since, in this technology our aim is to prevent floodsby a reservoir having a dam constructed over it. The and deliver maximum possible mass of waterconstruction of such reservoir may hand out in many underground to enhance the ground water level,ways. therefore there is no limitation, in the amount of[a] Store a portion of the flood flows in such a water to be used. Hence, we are provided with theway as to play down the flood peaks at the areas to ample mass of water with us, which can producebe protected downstream. very high kinetic energy. Also since we have to[b] To prevent difficulties to carry out the transmit water under ground therefore high headsoperation, during high flows. can be attained resulting in tremendous amount of[c] Fulfill the demand of hydroelectric power plant. power generation.[d] Direct water supply to the city, etc. FIG : MODIFIED HYDRO ELECTRIC POWER PLANT 133
  • 134. As such, it is a matter of concern that 59 years to huge distribution network and the large area ofafter independence, more than fifty percent of all land which would be utilized in constructing suchrural house hold in India do not have electricity and canals is saved. Therefore through my technologyuse kerosene for lighting. Even for those rural areas, of artificial ground water storage the followingwhich are electrified, there is a tremendous shortage benefits can be obtained.of power supply. Thus it is not uncommon for those [a] The present ground water decline rate is as highareas to have 10-15 hours of black outs every day. as 1.5 meters per year in some parts, has not onlyThere is a short fall of about 20,000 MW of destroyed many wells but also resulted increasedelectricity in the country and we require about cost from water pumping, this problem can be1,40,000 MW of additional capacity by 2010. This rectified only through my technique.project will give a major contribution to overcome [b] Since, in India some 60% of total agriculturalsuch energy crisis; it will be helpful to meet out water comes from the ground water, which accountsenergy demands, by a 40-45% contribution in of over half of total irrigated area, increase in thenational power grids through, hydroelectric water table can give new boost to agriculturalgeneration by 35,000-40,000 MW. growth. The water coming out from the draft tube of [c] This type of ground water managementthe hydroelectric power plant is discharged to the requires no or sometimes very minor modificationartificial underground reservoirs. Such reservoirs are in the aquifer to distribute the water to the droughtcreated because of varying amount of valid spaces affected regions such as Rajasthan and Gujaratin the bedrocks where ground water accumulates. which are under havoc and misery.The rocks below the earth’s surface is the bedrock [d] The water lost in evaporation from anconsisting of many types of rocks, such as sand underground reservoir of this technology is muchstones, granite, and limestone. Bed rocks can also less than the water lost from a surface reservoir.become broken and fractured, creating spaces that [e] My technology will prove to be more amenablecan be fill with water. And some bedrock, such as to poverty targeting than have large surface irrigationlimestone, is dissolved by water, which results in system, since government can design pump subsidieslarge cavities that fill with water. or build public tube wells but not large canal system In many places, considering vertical cross- exclusively for the poorer segments.section of the earth the rock is laid down in layers [f] The ground water development as tented to beespecially in areas of sedimentary rocks. Some layers more democratic; it can respond more to people’shave rocks that are more porous than others, and needs and demand rather than hydrologicalhere water moves more freely in the horizontal opportunity; it is linked more to population densitymanner through the earth deep, in the bedrock there than to occurrence of the resource.are rock layers made of dense material such as [g] More than 65% of India’s total ground watergranite or materials that water has a hard time is affected by excessive fluoride content, resultingpenetration, such as clay. These layers may be in fluorine related diseases, excess fluoride inunderneath the porous rock layers and thus, act as a drinking water also causes bone related problemsconfining layer to retard the vertical movement of and ground water of West Bengal has high arsenicwater. Since, it is more difficult for the water to go content, this has become a major water quality andany deeper it tends to pool in the porous layers and health issue effecting huge areas of population,flow in more horizontal direction across the aquifer through this technology such problems can be solvedtowards regions having there aquifer with low water by keeping the concentration of fluoride, arsenic andlevel. In this way the aquifer in which the water is other chemicals get diluted and much purer waterstored shall itself be act as the distribution system can be made available.for carrying water from one place to another with [h] The sea water intrusion on India’s coasts,or without any minor modification in its flow pattern specially Gujarat’s Savrashtra region, Tamil Nadu’sand so such necessity of constructing pipelines or Minjur aquifer, coastal areas of Indus basin iscanals (as required in the project of interlinking of threatening the ecology of important wet lands,rivers) is completely eliminated, therefore cost due including Mangrove forests of over 1,30,000 ha, 134
  • 135. ground water over-exploitation is the main cause of explore the ways through which the availablethese sea-water intrusion. The raising of water table resources can be utilized in the best possible mannerby this artificial recharging method may help in to fulfill our needs. In total India has as many as 12building pressure barriers to prevent seawater major rivers whose total catchment area is 252.8intrusion in the coastal areas. million hectare (mha) of the major rivers; the Ganga-[i] No space is required to build such reservoir. Brahmaputra-Meghna system is the biggest with the catchments area of about 110 mha which is more In another form of such type of project, the than 43 percent of the catchment area of all the majorreservoir can be constructed directly across the river. rivers in the country. The other major rivers withThe water from the reservoir is extracted and send catchment area more then 10 mha are Indus (32.1to water purification plant and this water after the mha), Godavari (31.3mha), Krishna (25.9mha), andpurification is send to another reservoir which is Mahanadi (14.2mha). The catchment area offurther connected to the same system of medium rivers is about 25 mha and Subernarekhahydroelectric power plant and ground water aquifer with 1.9mha catchment area is the largest riveras discussed above. among the medium rivers in the country. About 40 In such types of construction there is no need percent of utilizable surface water resources areto build river intake structure and are suitable for presently in Ganga-Brahmaputra-Meghna system.implementation in the region where there is high The distribution of water resources potential in theprobability of sudden rise in the run off due to very country shows that as against the national per capitaheavy precipitation. As, in the previous method we annual availability of water as 2,208 cubic meters,where sending the water at the water purification the average availability in Brahmaputra and Barakplant with the help of conduit and then transmitting is as high as 16,589 cubic metres while it is low asthis purified plant would do not be able to manage 360 cubic meters in Sabarmati Basin. Brahmaputratheir operation due to devastating floods, as they and Barak basin with 7.3 percent of geographicalcould not work above their capacity. This could area 4.2 % of population of the country has 31% ofresult in little higher flood peaks, all these problems the annual water resources per capita annualcan be avoided by building a reservoir fitted with availability for rest of the country excludingdam over it, directly over the river. The water from Brahmaputra and Barak basin works out to aboutthe reservoir is extracted according to the capacity 1,583 cubic meters. Any situation of availability ofof water purification plant and the requirement of less than 1,000 cubic meters per capita is consideredhydel power plant and then after purification is send by international agencies as scarcity conditionto a closed large tank from where it can be supplied Cauvery, Pennar, Sabarmati, East flowing rivers andto the power plant and so on. West flowing rivers are some of the basins which fall into this category.5. MOST SUITABLE LOCATIONS The technology to effectively utilize rain and India is blessed with the wonderful gift by the river water through advanced ground waternature in the form of Himalayan Mountain in the recharging technique can be implemented at thenorth, which plays a very significant role in locations where, per capita annual availability ofproviding the supplies of water the human societies water is much greater than national per capita annualneeds. The Himalayas is the source of many large availability of water. At present, most of theserivers like Yangtse, Irrawadi, Yarlung, Tsangpo, locations are selected for the project of interlinkingBrahmaputra, Ganga, Indus, Amu Darya, etc. Indeed of Indian rivers. In this project 36 main dams hadthe Himalayas can be called the water tower of Asia been planned to be constructed and hydropower ofthe amount of water that India receives because of 34000 MW is estimated to be generated. At all thesuch geographical conditions is capable to satisfy 30 locations where surplus river water is planned toits presents and future water needs comfortably if be supplied to the rivers with low flow rate, myharassed effectively. Indeed, it is true that nature project can be implemented and instead of supplyinghad given us the solution of each and every problem, such water to other rivers, the complete water cannow it is the duty, of we engineers and scientists to be stored in the ground water aquifer. 135
  • 136. 6. VARIOUS PROPOSALS FOR WATER RECHARGING TECHNIQUE OVERINTERLINKING OF RIVERS INTERLINKING PROJECT : [a] The project of interlinking of rivers sounds6.1 PENINSULAR RIVERS DEVELOPMENT good but involves a massive expenditure of about It is planned by national water development Rs. 5,60,000 crores, for a developing country likeagency to direct about 19 KM3 of surplus flow of India if such a large amount is saved then it can beMahanadi River to the Godavari system and to used for development in other areas, where as myfurther transfer 38 KM 3 from Godavari and its project’s cost would be negligible in front of it sincetributaries to the Krishna river downwards South. cost of construction of large canals are eliminated.Another part of this proposal is to divert a part of [b] For the construction of canals nearly 4.5 lakhthe surplus water of West flowing rivers of Kerala people will be displayed from there homes,to the East and generate hydropower. The third farmlands and offices and a large cost will besegment envisages construction, storage to interlink involved in there rehabilitation for the interlinkingsmall rivers flowing along the West coast north of project, while such cost is not involve in my project.Mumbai and South of Tapi. The fourth part [c] Though, through this project water would beenvisages interlinking of the Ken and the Chambal. supplied to the rivers having low run off, but it wouldThe proposal of peninsular river development be of no use, because with the addition of sewageprovides additional surface water in irrigation water and the water from the industrial waste thebenefits of 13 mha and generation of 4000 MW of new water system will not remain fit for drinkingpower. The addition, about the 3mha area could be and other domestic purposes for much time, but inirrigated with ground water. my technology water can be extracted from any where, any time with the help of tube wells and can6.2 HIMALAYAN RIVER DEVELOPMENT be consumed for domestic purposes, since it is Out of the total water resource of the GBM completely purified.basin of about l000 maft, less than 10% there of is [d] Whenever it will become necessary to use thebeing consumptively used at present. It is estimated water through flow channel of the linked rivers, forthat by providing large storage floods can be the domestic needs it must be purified first, themoderated providing substantial benefits of flood purification cost of this water would becontrol in the downstream regions. About 600KM3 comparatively higher then what would be requiredof storage is required to fully harness the water in my project, since after flowing over a largeresources of the GBM basin, but through interlinking distances, a huge percentage of impurities will mixprocess only 215KM3 of storage could be provided with this India, Nepal and Bhutan on the GBM system. [e] The major drought affected areas of India are It is proposed to divert the water from Rajasthan and Gujarat, where there is extreme needBrahmaputra, Ganga, and Subernarekha to River to supply water as soon as possible, the interlinkingMahanadi by five river links and then to the southern project must have been planned to transmit most ofrivers. The second segment consists of interlinking the surplus flow to those regions, to prove itselftributaries of Ganga, as another part of the proposal beneficial to mankind, but no major steps are to beis to Interlink Sharda, Yamuna, and Sabarmati River taken considering this aspects, while through myby canals. project sufficient water can be supplied to the ground If the regional view is taken, India can get water aquifer of each and every regions whereadditional irrigation of 22 mha after fully meeting ground water level is depleting.the needs of water in the other three countries. [f] India manages to loose more quantity of waterBesides, this hydropower generation of about then, what it needs to satisfy its annual domestic30000MW is possible. needs through evaporation. The interlinking involves construction of 30 links extending up to 10,880 KM7. BENEFITS OF TECHNOLOGY TO occupying about 3.42 million KM 2 of theEFFECTIVELY UTILISE RAIN AND RIVER geographical area, through this project such a largeWATER THROUGH ADVANCED GROUND amount of additional water surface area would be 136
  • 137. exposed to atmosphere making evaporation of water us with uncountable benefits. It is capable of solvinga predominating problem. Indeed, it is a very all the water related problems not only through Indiawasteful way of supplying domestic water needs. but also from the whole world and in addition toWhile, evaporation looses are completely absent in this it would produce a large capacity of pollutionmy project. free hydro electricity. I had tried to explain its every[g] Since, whole of the water even after interlink aspects briefly in this paper.will ultimately merge into the sea; all the efforts As such, for a country like India, where oneutilized for digging such large holes to form canals part is soaked in water, while other parts fears theand the large money employed in this project of problems of drought. This type of mega project isinterlinking will get ruined. Where as, through my required in order to have uniform distribution ofproject every single drop of water, which is water. Our country with world’s second largestharnessed and send underground can be utilized population and ever growing demand of food andefficiently. water, my project is required. On the other hand the[h] The period of implementation for the gigantic ambitious plan of inter basin transfer; as per theproject of interlinking of rivers as given by Supreme experience of other countries argumentation of waterCourt order, is mere 12 years. But experts say that is a very wasteful and costly option. This projectinterlinking of rivers is highly complex process with will have a large social, environmental ramification.huge backward and forward and inter-sectoral Heavy pumping machinery required continuouslinkages that may be accomplished incrementally energy supply. It is very difficulty to give constantover to next 50-100 years. Where as, since my power supply in the period of energy crisis. So itproject is free from all such complexities, it can be will be impossible to cover stage pumping. Also,implemented at much less time. remarkable change in eco-system will affect human[i] Interlinking project would not be cost effective and animal life. At last, a major part of this preciousoption for domestic water security in Drought-Prone and scarce water resource will get wasted, unutilizedareas as it tries to supply domestic water through due to evaporation and mixing into the sea.collection at far away points and distribution through The project of interlinking of rivers is like along canals or existing river bed, with the help of few lines drawn on the map of country and I amheavy pumping machineries. However, it is quite confident that it will remain the same even afterclear that both financial cost and the amount of water implementation, with very less benefits then whatlost, my technology would be much effective. can be achieved through my technology of artificial[j] Ground water gets distributed equally in the ground water recharging. I request the government,regions where water level gets depleted therefore engineers, scientists and citizens of India to pleaseharnessing of water through my technique will not take each and every point, which I had, mention ingive birth to conflicts isolated to water which could my paper, with little seriousness. As the project ofresult due to interlinking of rivers. interlinking of rivers may not effect most of us[k] The submergence of forests due to interlinking directly, and a few, of us will be displaced. However,project may lead to serious implications in terms of everyone living in the country will be affected bybio-diversity loss; there are no such problems with the long-term consequences of the project. I hope that my project of technology effectively utilized rain and river water through advance ground8. CONCLUSION water recharging technique would be appreciated The technology to effectively utilize rain and by each and every community in India ad well asriver water through advanced ground water abroad with open mind and open heart as it is anrecharging technique is a project that would provide essential requirement for the prosperity of the nation. 137
  • 138. National Seminar on Rainwater Harvesting and Water Management 11-12 Nov. 2006, Nagpur 22. Rainwater Harvesting and Northeast India : A Simple and Cheapest Method *Shukla Acharjee **Mangesh G. Waghmare ABSTRACT The present drought like situation in the lower Assam Brahmaputra Valley compelled the people residing here to change their mindset that Northeast India won’t experience drought. More than five lakhs farmers were affected by the unusual drought this year. Until recent past the valley was considered to be the most vulnerably affected by flood twice a year. However, due to global climatic change and other such factors now this region is also experiencing drought like situation. Therefore, it is high time that people should wake up and culture their mind to face any such situation in near future and use the resources judiciously and learn the concept of sustainable development to preserve the natural resource available to them for future generation. Here the authors have designed a simple model and the cheapest method of rainwater harvesting keeping in mind the amount of precipitation, topography, soil, depth, vegetation, cost of construction, storage and distribution system for the poor people of northeast India. As rainfall is the main source of surface water and its conservation is essential, therefore rainwater harvesting is one of the most promising techniques for collection of excess runoff. In this northeastern part, bamboo is considered the green gold. From storage to groundwater recharge in the present model bamboo has been used which is easily available here. This technique of rainwater harvesting would be very cheap for the farmers in particular and the masses in general living in the hilly regions as well as in the plains of northeast India. KEYWORDS : Rainwater harvesting, sustainable development, ground water recharge, bamboo. Corresponding Author: suklageo@yahoo.comINTRODUCTION only fraction of water. Huge quantity of rainwater Water is a key for sustainable watershed finds its way ultimately to sea through streamsdevelopment and of all the natural resources; water without much contribution to aquifer system.plays a very vital role in lives of human beings. Hence, the only alternative is to harvest &Presence and absence of water clearly determines conserve this precious gift of the nature bythe culture and growth of community and a healthy scientifically designed Rain Water Harvestingeconomy. Rain is the only natural source of fresh structure. Ground water is the water stored in sub–water in India. Over all the percentage of recharging surface level in soil or rock formation of earth. It isof ground aquifers is 5-20% of total rain. It also observed that the dense forest cover is reducing fordepends on terrain, topsoil condition, sub- surface last few decades. And hence, capacity of the soil toformation & rainfall pattern etc. Topsoil can hold hold water is also reduced. In addition to this, heavy *Department of Applied Geology, Dibrugarh University, Dibrugarh-786006, Assam, India **B.E (Civil), X83/14, Godrej Colony, Vikroli (E), Mumbai-400079, India 138
  • 139. extraction of ground water is leading to an imbalance valley is 213 cm while the in the northeastern foothillin ground water reserves, as the withdrawal of water belt is 414 cm. The basin as a whole has the averageis more than recharging of water. This is leading to annual rainfall of 230 cm with a variability of 15-depletion of ground water resources resulting in 20 percent. The Himalayan sector receives 500 cmincreasing depth of ground water table from surface. of rainfall per year, the lower ranges receiving moreThough, according to recent studies by Assam State than the higher area (Goswami, 1985). The principalPublic Health Engineering Department (PHED) after rocks of Meghalaya plateau are granite and gneisses.the current dry spell says that it have not affected At the foot of hills are found beds of conglomerates.much the ground water table but in future chances In between these two ranges lies the narroware there of major depletion of ground water table. Brahmaputra valley, which is alluvial in origin andHowever, time to time the scientists are giving consists of sand, sandstones, pebbles, clay andwarnings to the people that ground water table is sometimes a mixture of sand and clay withgoing down every passing year in the northeastern decomposed vegetable matter. The fragile rocks ofcities because of high extraction of ground water. Arunachal Pradesh are prone to severe erosion.Several urban settlements of the different states ofnortheastern region are already facing a severescarcity of potable water. In this backdrop, rainwaterharvesting appears to be the only solution that couldprovide some reprieve during the scorching summer.The principle itself is very simple-collectingrainwater during wet season and using it in times ofneed. Another part of the collected water could beused to recharge the aquifers and restore the waterlevel.THE STUDY AREA The North Eastern Region of India comprisingthe states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya,Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, and Nagaland, is a hugesprawling landmass made up of extensive countlesshills and mountainous terrain that rises in the northto snow-capped heights of the Himalaya, and is theplayground of the mighty river Brahmaputraregarded as one of the largest rivers of the worldand its tributaries (Fig:1). The climate of the regionmay be called Humid Mesothermal Brahmaputratype or ‘Cwb’ type according to Mr. W. Koppen. Itis humid sub-tropical, and high rainfall and highhumidity are the main features thereof. The numberof rainy days may sometimes equal three weeks in amonth (Table:1). The climate influences soil types.The soils of the region are alluvium derived and areclassified into old alluvial and forest soil. Soilprofiles representing major soil orders are Entisol,Inceptisol, and Alfisol. The region also encountersthe presence of poorly drenched soils. In addition,the mineralogy of soils, which includes sand, siltand clay mineralogy, is also equally important. Theaverage annual rainfall in the lower Brahmaputra Fig: 1. North eastern Region :The study area 139
  • 140. Table 1 : Annual Rainfall and Rainy days State Rainfall & rainy days in a year Assam 2262.95 mm with 144 rainy days Arunachal Pradesh 3000 mm with 200 rainy days Manipur, Mizoram & Nagaland 1927 mm Meghalaya 2050 mm with 200 rainy daysWHY RAIN WATER HARVESTING ?PROBLEMS WITH GROUND WATER1) The current precious reserves of ground waterare vanishing rapidly due to heavy extraction ofground water, which is more than recharge. Hence,ground water is reducing in quantity.2) The other important factors for degrading thequality of ground water are heavy industrializationand contamination of surface & subsurface waterwith highly toxic pollutants. Already 21 districts ofAssam have reported arsenic contamination ofground water, while five of the districts havereported fluoride contamination.3) Unfortunately, we do not have system for Fig. 2 : Bamboo the Green Gold ofprotecting water from contamination to stop or North East Indiareduce the contamination, even to treat these groundwater reserves. SUBSYSTEM COMPONENTS OF Considering all the above conditions and RAINWATER HARVESTINGproblems of ground water, there must be some A rainwater harvesting system consists of thesolution for it. It is our duty to find out some definite following subsystems: catchment area (roof),strategy on for solving the same; since we only have conveyance system (guttering, downspouts, firstcreated the problem. Rainwater harvesting is the flush and piping), filtration, storage and, economic and feasible solution for water crisisin comparison with other technologies, which are Catchment Subsystem : For domestic rainwatervery costly. harvesting, the most common surface for collection of water is the roof of the dwelling. Many otherBAMBOO-THE GREEN GOLD AND surfaces can be used. Most dwellings, however, haveRAINWATER HARVESTING a roof. Rainwater harvesting can be done with any Bamboo, a fast growing, versatile woody grass roofing material if it is for non-drinking use found across the country. It is an economic For potable use of rainwater, the best roof materialsresource having immense potential for improving are metal, clay, cementitious and thatch (from athe quality of life of rural and urban communities variety of organic materials), provide a surfacewith environment regeneration qualities like carbon adequate for high quality water collection. Insequestering. Bamboo provides raw material for Northeast India, locally available grass thatched rooflarge industries like paper and pulp as well as for is very popular.cottage and handicrafts industry (Fig. 2). Some Conveyance Subsystem : Guttering is used tobamboo species can grow one metre in a day. transport rainwater from the roof to the storage 140
  • 141. vessel. Guttering comes in a wide variety of shapes First Flush System : Debris, dirt, dust and droppingsand forms, ranging from the factory made PVC type will collect on the roof of a building or other collectionto home made guttering using bamboo (Fig:6) or area. When the first rains arrive, this unwantedfolded metal sheet. Guttering is usually fixed to the matter will be washed into the tank. This will causebuilding or bamboo hut just below the roof and it contamination of the water and the quality will becatches the water as it falls from the roof. Some reduced. Many DRWH (Domestic Rain Watercommon gutter shapes and fixing methods are shown Harvesting) systems therefore incorporate a systemin fig.3. for diverting this ‘first flush’ water so that it does Guttering could be installed on one grass roof not enter the tank. There are a number of simplethat had been constructed with a plastic membranebeneath it – this helps to prevent UV degradation of systems that are commonly used and also a numberthe plastic. The grass could be loosely thatched and of other, slightly more complex, arrangements. Thefound locally. The plastic sheet guttering that was simpler ideas are based on a manually operatedinstalled is shown in Fig: 3. It should be designed to arrangement whereby the inlet pipe is moved awaycapture all the water falling on the thatch and passing from the tank inlet and then replaced again once thethrough to the plastic sheet. It should be fixed using initial first flush has been diverted. This method hastwo long poles, one suspended below the eaves and obvious drawbacks in that there has to be a personone on top of the thatch. It can also be designed to present who will remember to move the pipe. Herebe demountable from the upper surface, such that it we have designed the storage tank with a sand filtercan be ‘put away’ under the eaves when there is no fitted on the lid of the tank itself so that when therain. Again, this helps prevent degradation due to water is diverted to the tank pipe it would filter thesunlight. water first then goes inside the tank (Fig: 5). Filtration System : Again, there are wide varieties of systems available for treating water before, during and after storage. The level of sophistication also varies, from extremely high-tech to very rudimentary. The sand-charcoal-stone filter is often used for filtering rainwater entering a tank. This type of filter is only suitable, however, where the inflow is low to moderate, and will soon overflow if the inflow exceeds the rate at which the water can percolate through the sand. Settling tanks and partitions can be used to remove silt and other suspended solids from the water. Many systems found in the field rely simply on a piece of cloth or fine mosquito mesh to act as the filter (and to prevent mosquitoes entering the tank). Storage Subsystem : In larger prospective of storage system we can say; Natural storage system i.e. recharging ground water aquifers & another is man made that is storage tanks. They can be made of various locally available materials, in various sizes & shape. In addition, their cost varies according toFig. 3 : Bamboo hut & Plastic sheet guttering and the that. designs of Gutters & Fixings DATA BASE AND METHODOLOGY FOR 141
  • 142. NORTH EAST To prevent algae infestation, the tanks must be kept Average annual rainfall was calculated from closed without exposure to sunlight. Therefore,the rainfall data collected from Indian direct collection of rainwater is not safe for potableMeteorological Department. For other related data, use. The cost of a tank having a capacity of 1500standard literature and methods have been followed. litres is Rs.1000. If a larger tank is required, oneMethodology for rainwater harvesting are: for could make a plinth of cement and stones havingpotable water - simply to collect water from the roof the desired diameter, and by using chemically treatedto a storage tank or to collect water from roof to bamboo poles, a palisade of bamboo is erected alongrecharge bore well, open well, hand pump etc. For the periphery of the plinth, like a fencing (Fig:4). Agroundwater recharge abandoned well, abandoned tank having a diameter and a height of 1.2m canor running bore well, hand pump, recharge pit, store 23,000 litres of water, which ensures a dailyrecharge trench or recharge well could be used. To supply of 60 – 80 litres of clean drinking waterprevent surface runoff percolation ponds, check throughout the year. The cost of such a tank comesdams, sub-surface dyke, recharge pit, recharge trench to about Rs.10,000. For ground water - recharge pitscould be constructed. The low-cost water tank to are with size varying from 1.5 – 3.0 meter wide andstore rain water could be made of bamboo and plastic 2.0 – 3.0 meter deep could be constructed. It shouldfilm. Villagers in North East use a large bamboo be lined with brick / stone with openings (weep -basket shaped like a silo, for storing grain. If this holes) at regular intervals. Top area of pit must besilo is internally lined with a good grade polythene covered with, it can be used as a water tank. The bamboo The recharge point allows percolation andshould be made non-biodegradable by soaking it ina solution containing 450g of sodium dichromate,300g of copper sulphate and 150g of boric aciddissolved in 10litres of water. Such treated bamboohas an outside life of between 10 and 20 years. The distance between adjacent bamboo poles SLOW SAND FILTER FOR FILTERATION OF RAINWATER Fig. 4 : Low Cost Bamboo Tank to Store Rain Water OVER FLOW OUTLET 1200should be about 50 – 60 cm. The plinth can have a DRAINOUT VALVE OUTLETdiameter of up to 5 or 6m, but the height of the 5000bamboo palisade should not exceed 120cm because BAMBOO WATER TANK OF CAPACITY 23000 litthe pressure exerted by the water column on the sidewalls is determined by the column height. Using thebamboo poles as a skeleton, the entire structure couldbe woven like wickerwork, using chemically treatedbamboo strips. One can use it to collect run-off waterfrom the roof, or one can even allow the rain to fall Fig. 5 : Simple design for rainwater harvesting, designdirectly into the tank. Once the tank is full its top for low cost percolation pit formust be covered by another film of plastic, which ground water recharge and the design ofkeeps the water clean and prevents evaporation. Both bamboo tank with a capacity of 23,000 lt. forsunlight and nutrients are needed for algae to grow. plain and hilly areas of North-Eastern India. 142
  • 143. electrical investigations). Therefore, the recharge points should be selected only after identifying permeable zone. If there is no permeable zone, the groundwater cannot move from one place to other and the water would come up through the recharge point and reach the surface. On the other hand, the ingress of water through the permeable zone should be checked, as the water reduces the shear and compressive strengths of the material of the foundation. It should be always kept in mind thatFig. 6 : Bamboo pipes to transfer water from the stored Rainwater harvesting is a social responsibility rainwater tank for ground water recharge involving the whole community.recharges the groundwater. Recharge points could Tank size – ideal tank size vs. affordabilitybe of various dimensions, depending upon Tank sizing techniques usually only considerphysiographic and hydro geological conditions. the optimum size for a tank based on the rainfallImportant considerations for successful rainwater available, the size of the catchment area (Table:2),harvesting are: and the demand on the system. Little consideration(i) location of recharge points, is usually given to the affordability of the tank. It is(ii) hydrological properties responsible for assumed that the person will be looking at capturingrecharging the aquifers, and all the water from the roof or enough to meet all(iii) Social responsibilities of the people. their demand. The location of the recharge point especially In many cases, the person may not be able toin the crystalline terrain should have a weathered afford a tank suitable for catching the optimummaterial with sufficient porosity to hold substantial amount of water. In such cases, the tank size isquantities of water and also fractures for storage of determined by the tank cost and so, in this case, wewater. Porosity, which generates the hydrological need to maximize capacity for a given (low), must be identified using groundwater Below, in Table: 3 we have classified domestic tankexploration techniques (well inventory, landscape sizes into three distinct groups – small, medium andindicators, topographical features, geological set-up, large scale.structural controls, drainage conditions and geo- Affordability is a strong function of tank size Table - 2 : Showing availability of rainwater in Thousand litres 143
  • 144. Table 3 : Tank scale classification water (i.e. cost per litre), we might construct a curve such as shown in Fig: 7. Each socio-economic group Scale of Description would have its own curve. domestic The cost line on Fig: 7 is horizontal, which tanks reasonably represents the situation where water is Small-scale Any tank or jar up to seven days storage fetched, each successive litre requiring the same or up to 1000 litres input of labour. Such a line does not fairly represent Medium A tank up to several weeks storage or harvested roof water, where the effective cost between 1000 and 20,000 litres storage general rises with daily consumption despite the economies of scale in tank construction. A typical Large Any tank with several months of cost vs volume characteristic for Rain Water storage or above 20,000 litres storage Harvesting supply is shown in Fig 7. capacity Sometimes we find examples of water purchaseand tank design. The smaller the tank the cheaper it and use them to infer the value of water. Richerwill be and the cheaper the construction materials house holds, or those experiencing illness, may payand labour costs, the cheaper the tank will be. For for water to be brought to the house. More usually,increased affordability we are therefore looking at we have to infer costs indirectly through conversionsmall-scale, locally produced RWH systems that use of fetching distance/height into time and then timelocal materials like bamboo. Local manufacture and into money. Such costs, like the value of wateruse of local skills are design issues. Affordability is discussed above, will be lower for poorer householdsa function of a number of socio-economic factors than for richer ones.and is decided at the household level. Moreover,we know economies of scale show the cost per litre Some careful steps to be taken beforedropping as tank size increases. In addition, factory implementation of rain water harvesting projectsmade tanks are generally more expensive than • Convenient first flush device must be integrated.locally manufactured tanks. • a good fitting, light-proof cover will prevent debris, animals or humans from entering the tank andValue of water prevent light from causing algae growth As with many other goods, water has a • water quality can enhanced by putting water intodeclining value with quantity. The first litre per day the tank and taking it out of the tank at the correctis worth more than the tenth. By examining the location – low-level tank entry and floating off-takeslimited data available that relates household are devices designed to aid this approachconsumption per day to the effective unit cost of • good sanitary conditions around a tank will prevent Fig. 7 : Showing value vs quantity and cost vs volume 144
  • 145. disease being spread groundwater reserves because it is the only present• water extraction should be such that the water is state-of-art to replenishes the ground water tablenot contaminated while being drawn which would enable our dug wells and bore wells Poorly managed water harvesting systems may to yield in a sustained manner. A sustainable humancause soil erosion and soil instability. Therefore, community should use its resources withoutwater-harvesting catchments require maintenance to endangering the survival of future generations.keep them in good condition. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTCONCLUSIONS The authors gratefully acknowledges thanks to The forest covers are decreasing. Hence, water Prof. J.N.Sarma, Dept. of Applied Geology,and soil hold by roots, plants are degraded. And, it Dibrugarh University, Dibrugarh, Assam for hisis affecting hydrological cycle badly. This is valuable suggestion. Thanks to our friend Negulresulting in tremendous increase in depth of ground Devan K.R. (B.E) for timely help.water level. It is high time to implement rainwater-harvesting projects in northeastern part of India. REFERENCESThese technologies are simple to install and operate. C-3 Report by IIT Delhi, July 2000, Water quality in domesticLocal people can be easily trained to implement such roof water harvesting systems (DRWH) & Bamboo reinforcedtechnologies, and construction materials are also concrete construction Gould, J.E. 1992. Rainwater Catchment Systems for Householdreadily available. It is convenient in the sense that it Water Supply, Environmental Sanitation Reviews, No. 32,provides water at the point of consumption, and ENSIC, Asian Institute of Technology, members have full control of their own Gould, J.E. and H.J. McPherson 1987. Bacteriological Qualitysystems, which greatly reduces operation and of Rainwater in Roof and Groundwater Catchment Systems inmaintenance problems. Although regional or other Botswana, Water International, 12:135-138.local factors can modify the local climatic Nissen-Petersen, E. 1982. Rain Catchment and Water Supplyconditions, rainwater can be a continuous source of in Rural Africa: A Manual. Hodder and Stoughton, Ltd., London.water supply for both the rural and poor. Pacey, A. and A. Cullis 1989. Rainwater Harvesting: The Collection of Rainfall and Runoff in Rural Areas, WBC Print The feasibility of rainwater harvesting in a Ltd., London.particular locality is highly dependent upon the Rao, N.S, “Important considerations for the success of rainwateramount and intensity of rainfall. Other variables, harvesting” Hydrogeology Laboratory, Department of Geology,such as catchment area and type of catchment Andhra University,surface, usually can be adjusted according to Rees, D.G, Nyakaana, S & Thomas, T.H, 2000, Developmenthousehold needs. As rainfall is usually unevenly Technology Unit ,School of Engineering, University of Warwick,distributed throughout the year, rainwater collection Domestic Rainwater Harvesting Research Programme “VERY- LOW-COST ROOFWATER HARVESTING IN EASTmethods can serve as only supplementary sources AFRICA” (Based on a Feasibility Study performed in the Greatof household water. Rainwater harvesting appears Lakes Region during May – July 2000) by Working Paper be one of the most promising alternatives for 55, pp. 8,9, 22,23,30,31.supplying freshwater in the face of increasing water Schiller, E.J. and B. G. Latham 1987. A Comparison ofscarcity and escalating demand in the urban as well Commonly Used Hydrologic Design Methods for Rainwateras in the rural areas. The pressures on rural water Collectors, Water Resources Development,, greater environmental impacts associated Singh, V.P, Sharma, N & Ojha, C.S.P 2004, Ed. Thewith new projects, and increased opposition from Brahmaputra Basin Water Resources, Vol. 47, Kluwer Academic Publishers, London.NGOs to the development of new surface water Singh, R.V. 2003, Ed. Watershed Planning and Management,sources, as well as deteriorating water quality in Yash Publishing House, Bikaner-334003, India.surface reservoirs already constructed, constrain the UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) 1982. Rainability of communities to meet the demand for and Storm water Harvesting in Rural Areas, Tycoolyfreshwater from traditional sources, and present an International Publishing Ltd., Dublin.opportunity for augmentation of water supplies using Wall, B.H. and R.L. McCown 1989. Designing Roof Catchmentthis technology. May be with every rural and urban Water Supply Systems Using Water Budgeting Methods, Waterhousehold participation in their unique small scale Resources Development, 5:11-18.rainwater harvesting projects replenishes the 145
  • 146. National Seminar on Rainwater Harvesting and Water Management 11-12 Nov. 2006, Nagpur 23. Rain Water Harvesting *Shri S. K. Sinha ABSTRACT A precious source of water availability has become scarce, hence the need for conservation. The development of water resources in the country is at cross roads. This sustainability of water resources has been endangered by vagaries of rainfall and unplanned development. An optimum development can be achieved by the conjuctive use of surface and ground waters. Rain water Harvesting is the concept, which includes a holistic approach to develop, augments, protect and conserve water resources. This concept is to be envisaged and practice in order to ensure the sustainability of ongoing groundwater development for multiple uses and to provide scope for further development of growing demand/population. To maintain the ground water resources indefinitely, a hydrologic equilibrium must exist between all water entering and leaving the water basin of the earth. Rain water Harvesting i.e Artificial Recharge of the ground water resources is the most commonly adopted and cost effective method of replenishing the ground water reserves. The Rain Water Harvesting are based on the different technique. The methods suggested for Rain Water Harvesting is water spreading, recharge through pils, trenches, wells, shafts and directly run off water into the existing wells. The choice/selection of any particular method is governed by local hydrogeological, soil condition etc and ultimate use. Rain water Harvesting needs to be implemented to avoid the paucity of water resources for present/future demands. Since the nature has showered enough potential to recharge our existing water bodies and also to conserve/preserve the waters for future needs/requirements.1.0. INTRODUCTION population. To maintain the ground water resources A precious source of water availability has indefinitely, a hydrologic equilibrium must existbecome scarce, hence the need for conservation. The between all water entering and leaving the waterdevelopment of water resources in the country is at basin of the earth. Rain Water Harvesting i.ecross roads. This sustainability of water resources Artificial Recharge of the ground water resources ishas been endangered by vagaries of rainfall and the most commonly adopted and cost effectiveunplanned development. An optimum development method of replenishing the ground water reserves.can be achieved by the conjuctive use of surface Army cantonments to a large scale depend onand ground waters. supply of water from civil bodies. And since the Rain water Harvesting is the concept, which entire country is in high water stress situation, theincludes a holistic approach to develop, augment, total available water resources for various use sectorsprotect and conserve water resources. This concept have decreased drastically. This has resulted inis to be envisaged and practice in order to ensure meager an erratic water supply to cantt therebythe sustainability of ongoing groundwater encouraging exploitation of ground and surfacedevelopment for multiple uses and to provide scope water available within the cantt by the MES. With afor further development of growing demand/ view to conserve the already depleting reservoirs, *SE, ME, MIE, PG (PMIR), DIRECTOR (LIAISON), HQ EAC IAF, C/O 99 APO 146
  • 147. judicious management of water in each cantt shall 4.4 Reduces flood hazard and soil undertaken. In this paper the various 4.5 Treated urban effluent can be recharge andtechnological aspect of Rain Water Harvesting has quality beneficiated by re-circulation through thebeen described with basic theory and with real aquifers.ground conditions. 5.0 SUGGESTED METHODS /2.0 AIM TECHNIQUES The aim of the Rain Water Harvesting by virtue Methods for local unit / area / body can beof suitable techniques/methods to conserve the implemented in diverse hydro geological and variedalready depleting reservoirs. Therefore, the local climatic set-ups. Number of methods are availableunits/area/body are impressed upon to under take to achieve the sustainability of water through rainthese feasible technique/methods through simple but water Harvesting. The best method among thelucid description, provide small budgetary estimates available methods depends on hydrology, availablewith time frame in which this can be achieved. of source of water, available of land andTherefore, our aim is to improve the existing ground physiography of the areas. The methods/techniquessurface water through efficient rainwater harvesting are broadly categorized are as under :management. 5.1 RECHARGE ON SURFACE This includes the following :-3.0 MANAGEMENT 5.1.1 Loading. It is the technical methods, which manage the 5.1.2 Basins or percolation tanks.existing surface, and ground water potential of the 5.1.3 Stream augmentation.catchments or water shed areas. So as to develop, 5.1.4 Ditch and furrow.augment and conserve them. Judicious harvesting 5.1.5 Over is most inevitable to the followings:- 5.1.6 Revival of village pond concept.3.1 Arrest ground water decline, improve ground 5.1.7 Recharge of secondary treated urban liquidwater levels and availability. effluents in identified aquifers.3.2 Beneficiate water quality in acquirers.3.3 Arrest seawater ingress. 5.2 DIRECT RECHARGE IN SUB3.4 Conserve surface water run off during SURFACE AQUIFERSmonsoons. This includes the following :- Injection wells3.5 Enhance availability of ground water at the are recharge well. In this the recharging in watershedspecific place and time. is carried out by directing discharge of rainwater3.6 Reduce power consumption. through a settling sump to the underground waterbed.3.7 Consume unused wastewater. These wells can be used both as percolation wells3.8 Conserve energy. and recharge wells. The advantages of direct3.9 Save environment from degradation. injection of rooftop run off water in the wells are :- 5.2.1 Harvesting from roof rain water.4.0 ADVANTAGE OF RAIN WATER 5.2.2 Relatively high rate of recharge.HARVESTING 5.2.3 Utilisation of ground water during non rainy4.1 Enhanced sustainability of water supply days.projects and structures;4.2 Improved well yields and reduced pumping lifts 5.3 OPEN WELL RECHARGEand cost; Direct recharge of the aquifer through open4.3 Improved water quality through dilution wells will be an easier and in expensive process inespecially fluoride, nitrate and salinity. This is the shallow aquifer region. The rooftop run off waterachieved with filtration and percolation. can be directed in to the open wells through pipes4.4 Conservation of water lost to run off and and settling pit to avoid possible turbidity.evaporation. 5.4 RECHARGE PITS AND SHAFTS 147
  • 148. TRENCHES EXISTING WELLS5.4.1 Recharge pits. Pits are dug depending upon Ground water recharge of existing bore wellsavailable rooftop water from the buildings and are is one of the method of modifying the hydrologicallocated inside the premise and away from foundation cycle and thereby providing ground water in excessor concrete structures so as to have its sitting over of that available by natural processes. It ispervious soil for better and faster absorption. The accomplished by augmenting the natural infiltrationpits are preferably located near the precinct and of precipitation or surface water in to undergroundthereafter filled with permeable material like formations by some method of construction, bypebbles, gravel and sand for better percolation and providing or spreading of water or by artificiallyimproved water quality through dilution during changing the natural conditions.percolation. 6.0 INDICATION OF DEPLETING WATER5.4.2 Recharge shaft. Where the contour and YIELDtopology of a large area permit flow in unidirectional It has been observed from the postand having step slopes, the shafts are dug. The performances of the bore wells/shallow wells/openaverage depth of 10 to 15 meters with width of 1 wells that the over exploitation has graduallymeter and length of 2 meters at places depending diminished their yields. This was ascertain / evidentupon amount of water available from catchments. from the observation and are as under.These are terminated above the aquifer level. The 6.1 Poor quality of water, occasionally muddy.shafts are usually cased with PVC casing to prevent 6.2 Frequent lowering of submersible pump incontamination and collapse. These are back filled order to keep the later submerged.with pervious soils, which facilities faster and 6.3 Water output varying and found in spurts.efficient percolation and mitigates bio and chemical 6.4 More draw out than natural recharge by rainspollutions after filtration through the soil. etc. Bore wells being run continuously for hours without permitting recharge.5.5 BORE HOLE FLOODING 6.5 Sealing of natural recharge areas in and around bore wells with impervious5.6 NATURAL OPENINGS AND CAVITY side well, streets, parking lots and buildings. ThisFILLINGS diverts ground water flow Normally the topology of cantt is such that direction and prevent recharge.these openings are limited. 6.6 In real ground situation, sub surface water is diverted due to troughs and5.7 COMBINATION OF SURFACE AND mounds, other Geological, Topological conditions.SUB SURFACE The above factors have caused overdraft from5.7.1 Following are the techniques usually the bore wells and must be rechargedadopted Basin/percolation tanks with pits/shaft or immediately as the yield from these bore wells havewells are constructed to collect subsurface and been helping us to reduce dependencesurface water. on outside agency for the deficient supply of water5.7.2 Water treatment : In this technique the especially during peak summer whenaffluent/sewage/sullage is collected in a pit, the catchments go dry and reduce available water.filtered and then supplied to required place The wells which are near surface water bodiesthrough gravity well or deep trenches in slope. (such as ponds, Golf course, Dairy form and play grounds) continuing to give good yields and5.8 In this method induce recharge from surface harvesting is naturally carried out.water source is utilised for improving ground waterpotential. Another practice is to have aquifer 7.0 COMPUTATION AND TOTALmodification. POTENTIAL OF RECHARGE The potential through bore well harvesting will5.9 GROUND WATER RECHARGE OF depend upon how big catchments is diverted for 148
  • 149. percolation near bore wells, through trench/pit/shaft. METHODThe exact quantity is difficult to assess. The water is led from the roof to the storage tank through a series of gutters and pipes.7.1 RECHARGE Conventional gutters are normally used, but for Exact computation of sub surface inflow and economy they can be made with “V” shaped lengthsinfiltration (Water entering the soil at the surface is of tin sheet hang under the roof edge from wire orcalled infiltration) need comprehensive geological lengths of rigid PVC pipe at along the length andinvestigation. The recharge of bore wells can be clamped to the edge of the roof. Rigid PVC pipescarried out through water shed approach while dried are considered as they are cheaper easier to maintainup dug well can be used directly for storing water of and will reduce contamination.surround catchment. The rainwater harvesting to increase the water 8.0 DESIGN OF TRENCHES AND PITStable should be graded so as to prevent the 8.1 TRENCHESaccumulation or retention of surface water within a Average rainfall = 780 mmradius of 15 meters from the bore well. Available for harvesting = 390 mm (50% of An expensive proposition is not viable for average)Military stations where water quality can beimproved with silt filtering pit alone. Hence it is To be harvested in the water = 39 mm 10% availablebeing considered only at those locations to augment economically harvestingfor potable water. The shallow wells were rainwaterfrom surrounding catchments can be directed inside Economic width & Depth of trench = 1.5 M depththrough silt filtering unit above as the water is soft & 0.5 M Widthand does not get surface impurities. To have economical and viable harvesting of For 1000 M2 roof top available waterrainwater in the water source, an area of approx = 1000 X 0.039 M3 = 39 M35,000 to 10,000 Sq m around bore well should bemade ground water collection. The area should Assuming 90 days rainfall percommence 15 meters away from bore well. = 39M3 per rain fall rainfall average waterTotal water collection/recharge per bore well 90 = 433 litter per day of rain Average rainfall (Say) = 780 mm PVC rigid pipe for 40mm can carry water to Available for harvesting = 390 mm the required place.(@ 50%) after evaporation To harvest 10% of above= 39 mm (0.039 M) 8.2 SIZE OF PITTotal water recharge for = 10,000 x 0.039 M Average Rains yield = 3.05 M3 per shower10,000 Sq M = 3,90,000 Liters Taking 100% extra for proper storage and This water is available in one year (90 days of percolation without contamination by surface water.rains) per bore well assuming unpaved area aroundbore well. Size of pit = 6 Cu M Taking 2 M Dia Pit Depth7.2 ROOFS HARVESTING of pit (L) = 6X4 The collection and storage of rain from rooftop pX 4run off has been practiced by man since ancienttimes. This may be particularly useful for domestic = 6use in the residential, messes and offices. The pcollection of rain water from paved or GI corrugatedroofs and court yards of houses is done either in = 1.91Mstorage tank or in ground water reservoir. Say 1.9 M depth Such pit can be easily & economically dug 149
  • 150. without encountering hard rock with mechanical Method 5.1 for Recharge on surface are mostexcavator if required. suitable for water harvest.Size of Pit = 6 Cum (Dia – 2.0M, Depth – 1.9M)15% of sand = 0.15 X 6 Cum 10.0 PREFERABLE LOCATIONS TO DO IT20% of 20 mm = 0.20 X 6 Cum aggregate 10.1 Cantt/Military Stations/Areas can be50% of 40 mm = 0.50 X 6 Cum aggregate subdivided into smaller catchments / water shed and maintained under local units. These9.0 EXPLOITATION AND HARNESSING watersheds can be.TOTAL POTENTIAL OF WATER 10.1.1 Ranges.HARVESTING 10.1.2 Training areas Considering a defence land / area available for 10.1.3 Play fieldswater shed is 9000 acres. 10.1.4 Open spaces and parks These above areas are normally situated atArea / land = 9000 acres different locations in Defence establishment.1 acres = 4047 SQM Therefore method for smaller catchments area isTotal SQM land = 36423000 SQM more suitable and viable. The methods for smallerAverage rainfalls (Say) = 780 mm (0.780M) catchments area are as under.Available for recharge after evaporation from soil& water surface (evaporation & percolation losses) 10.2 METHODS FOR SMALLER AREA = 390 mm (0.390 M) HARVESTINGTotal potential = 0.39 X 36423000 M3 Assuming the followings = 14.20 Millions KL Range Area = 500 Acres Training area (10 Pockets) = 1000 Acres (Total) This indicates that the total potential of water Play fields (5 Pockets) = 50 Acres (Total)harvest in one rainy season if exploited is sufficient Open Spaces (40 Pockets) = 200 Acres (Total)to meet the requirement to the maximum/ full extent. This potential can be tapped from rooftop (most 10.2.1 Check Dams :efficient use), road top (difficult to tap due to faulty Ranges can be utilised for creating check damsslopes, berms and economics) and from water shed at low laying area and storing water. The check dam(catchment) through soils other than paved and roof may be ailed with cheaper option to prevent fall oftop. human being and animals.9.1 METHODS The range area = 500 Acres Artificial charge of water source can be = 2023500 (1 Acre = 4047 SQM)managed and developed by planned extractions of SQMground and surface water during periods of low With 390 MM of rainfall available for harvesting.precipitation while subsequent replenishment can be Total water available from rainsmade during periods of surplus surface supply. Such = 2023500 x 0.39 Cu Ma coordinated operation of surface and ground water = 789165 Cu Msupplies is possible if there is sufficient ground water To harness 10% of this water check dams ofstorage to meet the requirements for regulation of sizes 30m x 1mx1m may be constructed in naturallocal water supplies and if the aquifers possesses slope directions 3 CHECK DAMS will besufficient transmissibility to permit the movement economically viable to cover the area.of recharged water to the area of extraction. Therecharged storage constructed under watershed 10.2.2 STAGGERED CONTOUR TRENCHESapproach should be devoid of losses due to (SCT) / PERCOLATION TRENCHES (PT)evaporation and quality deterioration due to The training areas can be utilised for creatingpollution (which will make it useless for any staggered contour trenches (SCT) and percolationapplication). trenches (PT). In general, the training areas are 150
  • 151. scattered in defence established from all sides can be collected and allowed to drain The training area is 1000 acres (Say) in away from sports fields to a location where storageMilitary/Cantt Station/Areas. Considering there are can be made. Trenches dug should be covered with10 Nos of pockets for training in various units. manhole cover arrangements. Average play field in Cantt AreaTotal water potential in 100 acres = 10 Acres for each pocket.= 100 (Acres) x 4047 SqM Total water potential from rain= 100 x 4047 x 0.39 M3 = 10 x 4047 x 0.39 M3= 157833 M3 = 15783M3 To harvest 10% of it, trenches may be dug all The staggered contour trenches (SCT) of round of size 0.5m x 0.5 m with manhole cover. Thedimension 3.0M x 1.0M x 1.0M (For average 20000 trench size is sufficient to carry per day rains water.M3 of water potential area) can be created. These Which is received in 90 to 100 days of rainfalls.are to be created at the end of slope and properly The above proposal is however very expensiveprotected to prevent accidental of human/others. but will fetch a great deal of water. Total trench length = 1000 RM for on average 10 acres field.The No of SCT= Nos of Pockets x Water Potential in M3 Total excavation Per site = 1000 x 0.5 x 0.5 20000 = 250 CuM For 5 play field site = 250 x 5 CuM= 10 x 157833 = 78.92 = 1250 CuM 20000 Manhole cover of 1 m x 0.6 m each = 1000 No x 5 = 79 Nos = 50000 Nos for sites Therefore, in each pocket 7 or 8 Nos of SCTmay be created. OPEN SPACES AND PARKS : At these places creation of ponds, tanks and shaft storage at deep Percolation Trenches (PT) may be dug away low lying can be considered.from the training tools and located at fenced places. Total open spaces at 40 pockets in station =200 AcresPercolation trench may be located at the down Average Area = 05 acresstream. The trench may be size 1m x 1m and all Water potential = 7891 CUMalong the low stream at least 50 M and filled with Trenches of size 0.5 x 0.5 m can be dug to carryimpervious materials locally available and not rainwater to the storage spaces created in the formspecified provided for their purpose. Total trench of tank/ponds. These structures may be properlylength on four sides 50m (10) location = 500 RM fenced and treated with bleaching powderof 1m x 1m. periodically approx 50 RM of trench 0.5 x 0.5 M to carry water to 40 different storage can be considered.10.2.3 PLAYFIELDS, OPEN SPEACES AND Cu M of trench = 50 x 40 x 0.5 x 0.5PARKS = 500 CUM The play fields, open space and parks areas canbe effectively utilised for rain water harvesting. Pond size can be 10 m dia at 40 locations with average 1 m depth properly fenced on all sides.Play fields : Considering 5 pockets with total 50acres of play field in Defence Establishment have a Note : The capacity of ponds created is of much smallertotal water potential of 86808 CUM. A lot of care size than the water potential available for harvesting.has to be taken to create water-harvesting structures This is kept to keep economic viability of these structuressince play fields are common places for play in the available space without hampering training/play activities. The depth has been kept as 1 M maximum soactivities, leisure walk and other activities. The play that if required the same can be achieved through troopsfields have natural slope duly leveled. This water labour. 151
  • 152. 11.0 DRAWINGS Fig – 1, Composite Plan. The drawings showing composite plan for Fig - 2 ,Plan of Recharging.recharging structure, design details of Ferro cement Fig – 3.1, Typical Drawing tank capacity 12000 Ltr, plan for recharging Fig – 3.2, Typical Roof Top Harvestingstructure, design and details of recharging structure, Fig – 3.3, Design of Storage Tank and ilters.typical drawing details of roof water harvesting Fig - 3.4, Type of Percolationstructure, roof top rain water harvesting structure Fig – 4 and Details of Recharge Structureand design of pits for rain water harvesting are Fig – 5 Design of Pitattached as For understanding and execution of works. COMPOSITE PLAN FOR RECHARGE STRUCTURE NO.1 Fig – 1 : Composite Plan 152
  • 153. Plan for Recharge Structure No.1Inlet Pipe 3.0 m6” dia pipe 3.0 m Plan for Recharge Structure No.2Inlet Pipe 3.0 m6” dia pipe 3.0 m Fig - 2 : Plan of Recharging 153
  • 155. TYPICAL ROOF TOP RAINWATER DESIGN DETAILS OF FERRO CEMENT HARVESTING SYSTEM STORAGE TANK 12,000 Liters capacity FILTERS USED FOR FILTERING RAIN WATERFig – 3.2 Typical Roof Top Harvesting Fig – 3.3 Design of Storage Tank and ilters 155
  • 156. Fig - 3.4 : Type of Percolation 156
  • 157. Fig – 4 : Details of Recharge Structure 157
  • 158. Fig – 5 : Design of Pit12.0 CONTAMINATION well water may contain faecal strap-to-coccid and Medical Authorities of civil area/SHO for should be used only for conservancy unlessMilitary station may object to open harvesting of otherwise tested.water, since the harvesting surfaces being exposed 12.1 The trenches/pit so dug should be properlythrough out the year and are subject to contamination fenced and kept clean. The first flush ofby dust, insects and birds and those at ground level the new rains should be run to waste.are also liable to be contaminated by animals and 12.2 The storage tanks below ground should be fullyhumans. The following precautionary measures are enclosed to prevent evaporation.recommended:- Location from Contamination 12.3 All aperatures shall be screened to prevent thesource Recommended distance of harvesting access to mosquitoes, rodents, lizardsstructure such as pit, trenches etc. from source of and other life etc.contamination.Building sewer 15 M 13.0 CONCLUSIONSeptic tanks Disposal filed 15 M Rain Water Harvesting needs to beSeepage pit 30 M implemented in defence area/other places in orderSwimming pool 45 M that the on going actives are not hampered due to If any bore well or shallow well is to be charged paucity of water resources. Nature has showeredwith water, which is at a distance less than above, enough potential to recharge our existing watershould permit deeper trenches with silt-setting bodies and also to store water for years to come andchamber following by silt-filtering pit. The bore to meet the present/future demands. 158
  • 159. National Seminar on Rainwater Harvesting and Water Management 11-12 Nov. 2006, Nagpur 24. Review of Rain Water Harvesting in India *R. M. Dhoble **Dr. A. G. BholeINTRODUCTION 70 % of population is rural and agriculture related. We have greatly hampered the natural ground The rainfall pattern in India is highly irregular inwater recharge by drawnif excessive water and space and time. Most of it is concentrated duringcovering / paving up all the available open land. just a few months of year and that too, in a fewRainwater harvesting is merely “putting back regions. Rainfall occurs about 70 % in about fourrainwater into the soil or in underground or above months. So, even in a year of normal rainfall, someground tank so that we can draw it whenever we parts of a country face several droughts. RWHneed it”. Less than 1% of world‘s water is available system benefits in many ways in rural and urbanin the form of river, pond and lake for human use. areas such as it develop improvements in infiltrationOut of total rainfall in India, run off is about 85 %, and reduction in runoff, improvement inpercolation is about 7%, evaporation is about 5% groundwater quality, reduces strain on speciallyand human use is about is about 3%. Urbanization village Panchayat / Municipal/Municipaland increase in population in the recent decades corporation water supply, improvement inhave contaminated water bodies, thus making them groundwater level and Yields etc.unfit for drinking and use. This is coupled withman’s growing needs and excessive tapping of Advantages and Disadvantages :groundwater through numerous bore wells and tube Advantages:wells, which has depleted water table to great extent. 1) It gives high agriculture returns.Rain Water harvesting (RWH) will to some extend 2) It is a potential solution to problems of ruralhelp to meet the increased demand. It has been poverty and unemployments, resulting in an overallestimated that the amount of rainwater that falls on improvement in the nation’s economy.the terrace of the houses can take care of the water 3) Local people can be easily trained torequirement of an average family of four members implement such technology and constructionfor one year. methods. RWH is a convenient in the sense that it RWH is a technology used for collecting and provides water at the point of consumption, whichstoring rainwater from rooftops, the land surface or greatly reduces the operation and maintenancerock catchments using simple techniques such as problem.underground check dams. 4) It is sustainable due to decentralization and RWH has gained tremendous interest among community participation.academicians, institutions and layman in the pastfew years. Roof top harvesting has a clearer Disadvantages :definition as water collected from rooftop chiefly This system mainly depends upon the limitedfor domestic consumption. Rain Water Harvesting supply and uncertainty of rainfall. Adoption of thisis a low cost solution to solve water crises. technology requires a bottom up approach rather than top to bottom. This makes this system lessNeed of RWH : attractive to some government agencies. If old roof In India there are 600000 villages and almost is used as the catchment area, if it is under tree *Sr. Lecturer,Civil Engg.Dept., G.H.Raisoni College of Engineering, Nagpur. **Retired Prof.Civil Engg.Dept., V.N.I.T. Nagpur 159
  • 160. branches, if the building relies on wood heat, or if and on the mouth of inlet of drained pipe, mesh ofthe air is too polluted, then there may be possibility 850 micron screen or coarse mesh 10mm x10mmof contamination of rain water. should be provided to prevent the entry of derbies as shown in Fig No 2. The inlet of drained pipeCOMPONENTS OF RWH SYSTEM should be provided on the sloping side of the roof. It consists of various stages, transportingrainwater through pipes or drains, filtration andstorage in tanks for reuse or recharge. The commoncomponents of RWH system consists of three stagesA) CATCHMENTS : The catchments of RWHsystem, the surfaces which directly receive therainfall and provide water for system. It can be pavedarea like a terrace or courtyard of building or anunpaved area like a lawn or open ground. R.C.C.,galvanized iron or corrugated sheets can also be usedfor R.W.H. Following Fig. shows elements of rainwater system. Source: A water Harvesting manual for urban area As the rooftop is the main catchment area, the Course mesh on roof top (Fig 2.0)amount and quality of rainwater collected dependsupon the area of catchment, intensity of rainfall and Gutter : Channels are provided all around the edgetype of roofing materials. Galvanized corrugated of sloping roof to collect and transport rainwater toiron, asbestos cement sheets and slate and tiles can the storage tank. It semicircular or rectangular andcollect reasonably pure water from the rooftops. could be made usingAlthough thatched roof tiled with bamboo gutter, • Locally available materials such as plainlaid in proper slopes can produced almost the same galvanized iron sheet (20 to 22 gauge), folded toamount of runoff less expensively (Gould, 1992). the required shapes.Because of possible health hazards, bamboo roofs • Semicircular gutter of PVC material can beare least suitable and roofs with metallic paints or readily prepared by cutting those pipes into twoother coating are not recommended as they may equal semi- circular channels.impart taste or colour to the collected water. To avoid • Bamboo or betel trunks cut vertically in half.entry of dust, leaves and bird dropping, the roof The size of gutter should be accurate to flow watercatchment should be cleaned regularly. during highest intensity of rainfall and it is advisable to make them 10 to 15 % over size. Gutter need to be supported so they do not sag or fall off when loaded with water. The way, in which the gutters are fixed depending upon the construction of houses having wider eaves, some method of attachment to the rafter is necessary. Conduit : Theses are the pipelines or drains that carry rainwater from the catchments or rooftop area to the harvesting system called as down conduct can be of any materials that are commonly available. Source – A water-harvesting manual for Urban area The following Table No 1.0 gives ideas about the Fig. 1 diameter of pipe required for draining out rainfall based on rainfall intensity and roof area. The down-Course mesh – It should be provided at the roof to pipe should be atleast 100 mm diameter with 850-prevent the passage of derbies. It should be provided micron wire screen at the inlet to prevent dry leavesat the bottom of parapet wall as shown in figure and derbies from entering into pipe. 160
  • 161. Table No 1.0 Size of rainwater pipe for roof drainage Diameter Average rate of rainfall in mm/hour of pipe (mm) 50 75 100 125 150 200 50 13.4 8.9 6.6 5.3 4.4 3.3 65 24.1 16.0 12.0 9.0 8.0 6.0 75 40.8 27.0 20.4 16.3 13.6 10.2 100 85.4 57.0 42.7 34.2 28.5 21.3 125 - - 80.5 64.3 53.5 40.0 150 - - - - 83.6 62.7 mm/ h – milliliter per hour Source – National Building Code.First flushing - First flushing device is the valve rainwater, is generally made up of PVC or otherthat insures that runoff from the first spell of the inert substance to avoid corrosion of pipe due torain is flushed out and does not enter the system. the pH of rainwater can be low.This needs to be done since the first spell of raincarries a relatively large amount of pollutants fromair and the catchments surface. There are severalpossible choices to collect clean water for thestorage tanks. The most common is the down- pipeflap. With this flap it is possible to direct the firstflush of water flow through the down pipe, while Source: A water harvesting manual for urban areaslater rainfall is diverted to the storage tank. When it manual for urban areasstarts to rain, the flap is left in closed position, First flushing arrangementdirecting water to the down-pipe, and later, opened Fig. No 3when relatively clean water can be collected(Refer Fig. No 3). A great disadvantage of using B)FILTER : The filter is used to remove suspendedthis type conveyance control system is necessarily pollutants from rainwater collected over the roof. Ato observe the runoff quality and manually operate filter unit is a chamber filled with filtering mediathe flap. An alternative approach would be to such as fiber, course sand and gravel layer, to removeautomate the opening of the flap. the debris and dirt from water from before it enters A funnel shaped insert is integrated in to the the storage tank or recharge structure. Charcoal candown-pipe system. Because the upper edge of the be added for additional filtration.funnel is not direct contact with the sides of down- (Refer fig. No. 4)pipe, and a small gap exist between the down-pipewalls and the funnel. When the rain starts, thevolume of water passing down the pipe is very smalland the contaminated water runs down the pipe,around the funnel and discharged directly to therecharged structure if available or over the ground.When the rainfall continues the volume of water Source: A water harvesting manual for urban areasincreases and the clean and fresh water carried to Sand filterthe storage tank. The pipe used for collection of Fig. No 4 161
  • 162. a) Sand Filter: Sand filter s have commonly available c) Filter for large roof top: This system wassand as a filter media. Sand filters are easy and designed by R. Jaykumar. When the rainwater isinexpensive to construct. These filters can be harvested in a large rooftop area, the filtering shouldemployed for treatment of water to effectively be accumulating the excess flow. A system isremove turbidity, colour and microorganisms. In designed with three concentric circular chamberssimple sand filter that can be constructed in which the outer chamber is filled with sand, thedomestically, the top layer comprises course sand middle one with course sand and inner most layerfollowed by 5-10 mm layer of gravel followed by with pebbles. In this way the area of filtration isanother 5-25 cm layer of gravel and boulder. increased for sand, in relation to the course(Refer fig. No. 5) aggregate and pebbles. In this system the rainwater reaches to the center core and is collected in the sump where it is treated with few tablets of chlorine for consumption. Jayakumar (A builder by profession) (Refer fig. No. 7) Source: A water harvesting manual for urban areas Sand Filter Fig. No. 5b) Dewas Filter : Most residents in Dewas inMadhya Pradesh, have wells in their houses.Formerly all that wells would do was exactgroundwater but then, the district administrative ofDewas initiated the ground water recharge scheme.The rooftop water was collected and allowed to passthrough fitter system called Dewas filter designedbyMohan Rao, District collector of Dewas. The waterthus filtered is put into the small service tube well. The filter consist of Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)140 mm diameter and 1.2 m. long there are threechambers .the first purification chamber has pebblesvarying between 2-6 mm and second chamber hasslightly larger pebbles between 6-12 mm and thirdchamber has largest 12-20mm pebbles. There ismesh at the outflow side through which clean water Source – Jayakumar Rain Water Harvest Manual P- 21flow out after passing through three chambers. Jayakumar Filter(Refer fig. No. 6) Fig. No. 7 d) Varun: S. Viswanath developed a filter named ‘Varun’ for purifying rainwater. According to him, from a decently clean roof ‘Varun’ can handled 50mm/hour intensity of rainfall from 50 sq. m. of a roof area. This means the product is relatively standardized. Varun is made from 90-liter high density Poly Ethylene (HDPE) drum. The lid is tumbuer and holes are punched in it. This is the first Dewas Filter sieve, which keeps out larger leaves, twinges etc. Fig No. 6 rainwater coming out sieve then passes through the 162
  • 163. three layers of sponge and 150 mm of thick layer of Various recharge structures are possible. Somecourse sand. Presence of sponge makes the cleaning of which promote the percolation of water throughprocess very easy. Remove the first layer of sponge soil strata at shallow depth (recharge trenches,and soak/ clean it in bucket of water. The sand needs permeable pavement) where other conduct waterno cleaning at all. to greater depths from where it joins the groundwater e.g. recharge well. At many locations,e) Horizontal Roughing filter : The introduction existing structures like wells, pits and tanks can beof horizontal filter and slow sand filter to treat modified as recharged structures, eliminating thesurface water has made safe drinking water available need to construct any structure a coastal pocket of Orrisa. The major componentsare as follows. Methods and Techniques : Filter channel: 1.0m2 in cross section and Rooftop rain water Through :length laid across the tank embankment, the filter a) Recharge Pit : The recharge pit is generallychannel consist of three uniform compartments, first 1.5to 3.0 m wide and 2.0m to 3.0 m deep.pocket with broken bricks, second with course sand The excavated pit is lined with a brick/stonefollowed by fine sand in third compartment. The walls with weep holes at regular intervals.horizontal roughing filter usually consist of filter The top area of the pit can be covered withmaterial like gravel and course sand that perforated cover. (Refer Fig. No 9)successively decreases in size from 25 mm to4mm.(Refer Fig. No 8). The bulk of solids in theincoming water is separated by this course sand. Atevery outlet and inlet of channel, fine graded meshis implanted to prevent the entry of finer materialsinto the sump. The length of channel variesaccordingly to the nature of the site selected forsump. The HRF acts as a physical filter and isapplied to retain the solid matter. Slow sand filter isa primary biological filter, used to kill microbes inthe water. Both filter types area generally stable,making full use of the natural purification processof harvested surface water and do not requirechemicals. Source- Centre of Science for Villages Recharge pit Fig. No. 9 b) Percolation Pit : Percolation pit is a easiest and most effective means of harvesting rainwater are generally not more than 60cm x 60cm x 60 cm pits filled with pebbles or bricks jelly and river sand covered with perforated concrete slab whenever necessary. (Refer Fig. No 10) Horizontal Roughing filter Fig No. 8C) RECHARGED STRUCTURES : Rainwatermay be charged into ground water aquifer through Filter materialany structure like dug well, bore well, recharge in a soakawaytrenches and recharge pit. 163
  • 164. Source- Centre of Science for Village Soak pit (Fig No10) Source – TWAD Board Percolation pit with bore hole Fig. No. 12 In areas where the soil is likely to be clayey upto say 15ft. and more, it is advisable to go in for a percolation well upto 10ft. or 15ft. and a hand bore pit within this well upto a depth of 10ft. to 15ft. from its bottom. A PVC pipe of 6in. diameter is inserted into the bore for the entire length. (Refer Fig. No 12) Source – TWAD Board Percolation Pit Note : Fig No. 11 1. Above structures are meant for area with small catchment like individual houses. A percolation / absorption pit is a hand bore 2. RCC slab cover is optional.made in the soil with the help of an augur and filled 3. Top (1) portion may be filled with sand.up with pebbles and river sand on top. The depth ofthese pits will be anywhere between 4 and 8 meters d) Recharged Trenches : A recharge trench is adepending on the nature of the soil. If the soil is continuous trench excavated in the ground andclayey, the pit has to be dug to a depth till a refilled with porous material like boulder, pebblesreasonably sandy stratum is reached. The diameter or bricks. A recharge trench can be 0.5 m to 1.0 mof these pits will be 25 cm (10 inches). A square / wide and 1.0m to 1.5 m deep and length should incircular collection chamber with silt arrester is the range of 13-16 meter, which helps for goodprovided at the top. Constructed in the open space percolation. The length of recharge trench is decidedat required intervals. as per the amount of runoff expected. The rechargeSize “ 1m x 1m x 1.5m (depth) trench should be periodically cleaned ofFilled with broken bricks / pebbles accumulated derbies to maintain the intake capacitySuitable for sandy sub - soil area in term of recharge rate; recharge trenches areOne unit for 30 m2 area (approx.) (Refer Fig.No.11) relatively less effective since soil strata at a depth of about 1.5 m is less permeable. For rechargingc) PERCOLATION PIT WITH BORE through the recharging trenches fewer precautionsMETHOD have to be taken to maintain the quality of runoff.A borehole to be drilled at the bottom of the Runoff from both paved and unpaved can be tapped.percolation pit. Bore hole size should150 - 300 mmdia. with 10 -15 ft depth (approx.)filled with broken e) Recharging of service tube well: In this casebricks and suitable for clay area. the rooftop runoff is not directly fed into the service 164
  • 165. tube well, to avoid the chances of contamination of filled with layer materials. In order to facilate speedygroundwater. Instead, rainwater is collected in a recharged, boreholes are drilled at regular intervalsrecharged well, which is a temporary storage tank in a trench. In design part there is no need of(located near the service tub well) with a borehole, incorporating the influence of filler materials. (Referwhich is shallower than water table depth. This Fig. No 13)borehole has to be provided with a casing pipe toprevent the caving in of soil, if strata are loose. Afilter chamber comparing of sand, gravel andboulder is provided to arrest impurities.f) Recharge of dug well and abandoned dugwell: in alluvial and hard rock areas, there arethousands of wells which have either gone dry orwhose water level has declined considerably. Thesecan be recharged directly from roof top runoff.Rainwater that is collected on the roof top of thebuilding is diverted by drainpipe to a settlement orfiltration tank from which it flows into the rechargewell (bore well or dug well) if the tube well is usedas for recharging, then the causing outer pipe) shouldbe preferably slotted or performed pipe so that more Source: A water harvesting manual for urban areasarea is available for the to percolate. Developing a Recharged Troughbore well would increases its recharge capacity Fig. No 13(developing is the process where water or air is h) Modified Injection Well: In this method waterforced into well under pressure to loosen the soil is not pumped into the aquifer but allowed tostrata surrounding the bore to make it more percolate through filter bed, which comprises sandpermeable) and gravel. The modified injection well is generally a borehole 500 mm diameter, which is drilled to the1) If dug well used as a recharge then the well desired depth depending upon the geologicallining should have opening (weep holes) at regular condition, permeably 2-3.0 m below water table.interval to allow seepage of water through the sides. Inside this hole a slotted pipe of 200 mm diameterDug well should be covered to prevent mosquitoes is inserted. The annular space between the boreholebreeding and entry of leaves and derbies. The bottom and pipe is filled with gravel and developed with aof recharged well should be desilted annually to compressor till it gives clear water. To stop themaintain the intake capacity. suspended solid from entering the recharge tubeProviding the following elements in the system can well, a filter mechanism is provided at top. (Referensure the quality of water entering the recharge Fig. No 14)wells.1) Filter mesh at entrance point of roofcatchments2) Settlement chamber3) Filter bed.g) Recharged Trough: To collect the runoff fromthe paved and unpaved areas draining out of acompound, recharged troughs are commonly placedat the entrance of residential / industrial complex.These structures are similar to the recharged trench Modified injection wellexcept for the fact that the excavated portion is not Fig. No 14 165
  • 166. i) For Rural Area : (Rooftop Rain water k) RWH through Percolation Tank: Thisharvesting) In rural areas most of the houses are method percolation tanks are constructed to storehaving Mangalore tiles roof. In this gutters are the rain water which helps in various purpose suchprovided along the periphery of the roof and get as improvement in ground water table, increasingcollected in a small tank as shown in fig. No 15. crop production, increasing the prosperity of the country etc. (Refer Fig. No 17) Rooftop Rain water harvesting (on Mangalore Percolation Tank Fig No 17 l) RWH Through Check Dam: In this small barrier built across the direction of water flow on shallow river or stream for the rain water harvesting Rooftop Rain water harvesting purpose. The small dam retains excess water flow Fig. No 15 during monsoon rains in small catchment area behind structure which helps in various ways. In this fig. the roof is covered with plastic Example : In Mahudi village, Dist.Dahod inwhich is used to collect maximum amount of Gujarat. Population of this village was 600. In 1992,rainwater from roof the villagers constructed the first check dam on the seasonal river Machhan, with the help ofj) RWH through Continuous Contour N.M.Sadguru water and Development FoundationTrenching: construction of trench on slope contour ( NMSWDF), a Dahod based NGO. In 2002 theto detain water and sediments transported by water villagers have constructed a pipeline system to bringgravity down slope generally constructed by light drinking water on tap from the wells near checkequipments. These are also called as contour trench dam. Villagers also control the use of water throughor contour furrows, lined with geotextile and filled the local village institutions called lift irrigationwith rock or placed in the form of erosion resisting committee. Due to the construction of check dam,structures. (Refer Fig. No 16) the agriculture yield also increased, today formers . irrigated about 100 acres of land during the drought season. Refer Fig 18. RWH through Continuous Contour Trenching Fig No 16 Check Dam at Mahudi village, Dist.Dahod in Gujrat 166
  • 167. Check Dam Fig No. 18 Source _Centre Of Science For Village Open well Recharging by Soak Pit Method sm) Open well Recharging by Soak Pit Method Fig No. 19(Centre Of Science For Villages) :In this, it is 1) Hydrogeology of the area including nature andmentioned that construct the slope for surrounded extent of aquifer, soil cover, topography, depth ofground of well in such a way that total runoff should water table and chemical quality of ground water.reached toward the well. Construct pits of size 5feet 2) Area contributing for runoff i.e. how much areawide and 6.0 feet deep to the both sides of well by and land use pattern, whether residential or gardenleaving 5.0 feet on both sides of well as shown in belt and general built up pattern area.figure. The length of the pit should be slightly less 3) Hydro metrological characteristics viz rainfallthan the half the perimeter of the well. The slope of duration, intensity of rainfall and general pattern.the bottom of pit should be provided in oppositedirection of well. By leaving the space of 6 inches Quantity of water harvested:above the bottom of pit, provide PVC pipe of 4 The amount of water harvested depend up oninches diameter from which water directly flow in 1) The frequency and intensity of rainfall 2)to the well through the pits. Fill the pits with stones Catchments characteristicsof size 12inch to 18 inches. While filling care is 3) Water demandtaken that the gap should remain in between the Water Harvesting Potential = (Catchments area instones so that rainwater should pass through it. The Sq. m) X (collection efficiency) X (rainfall in mm)bigger size of stones should be placed at bottom of The collection efficiency accounts for the factspit and reduces the size gradually towards the top that all the rainwater falling over the area can notof pits. Place the course-graded sand above the top be effectively harvested, because of evaporation,layer of stone. After completing, cover the pit with spillage etc. general values are tabulated below (polyethylene (plastic) and cover the soil, which is Refer Table No 2 & 3) which are generally used forexcavated from the pit. During this, provide space assessing the to polyethylene for entering the runoff water intothe infiltration pits. Runoff water after passing Table No 2through the filtration pits reaches to the well, which No. Type of catchments Collection efficiencyincreases the level of water in the well. Refer Fig.No 19. 1 Roof Top 0.75-0.95 2 Paved area 0.5-0.85DESIGN CONSIDERATION: The most important components which needs 3 Bare land 0.1-0.2to be evaluated for designing rain water structures 4 Green area 0.05-0.1are Runoff coefficients for various catchment surfaces 167
  • 168. Table No 3 cooking and drinking purpose is 10 liter/ cap/ day For family of six person = 60 liters. Type of Catchment Coefficients For 245 days = 245 X 60 Roof Catchments = 14700 liters. -Tiles 0.8-0.9 As per the factor of safety the tank should be - Corrugated metal sheets 0.7- 0.9 built 20 % larger than the requirement i.e. 17640 Ground surface coverings liters. This tank meets the basic water requirement for a family of six members for dry period. By fixing -Concrete 0.6-0.8 the height of the tank, the diameter can be calculated. - Brick pavement 0.5- 0.6 Untreated ground catchments Legislation of RWH. - Soil on slopes less than 10 per cent 0.0-0.3 Kerala: The Kerala Municipality Building Rules, 1999 was amended by a notification dated January - Rocky natural catchments 0.2 - 0.5 12, 2004 issued by the Government of Kerala to Untreated ground catchments include rainwater harvesting structures in new - Soil on slopes less than 10 per cent 1.0-0.3 construction. - Rocky natural catchments 0.2 - 0.5 109. A Rooftop rainwater harvesting agreements.1) Unless otherwise stipulatedSource : Pacey, Arnold and Cullis, Adrian 1989, RainwaterHarvesting: The collection of rainfall and runoff in rural specifically in a town planning scheme, workableareas, Intermediate Technology Publications, London. roof top rainwater harvesting arrangements shall be provided as in integral part of all new buildingExample : constructs for the following occupancies, namelyArea of terrace = 150 sq.m. i) Group A1 — Residential (with floor area ofHeight of Rainfall = 500 mm (0.5m) 100 m2 or more and plot area 200 m2 or more)Volume of rainfall = 150 x 0.5 ii) Group A2 — Special Residential. = 7.5 m3 = 75000 Lit. iii) Group B — Educational. Assuming that 70 – 80 % of the total rainfall is iv) Group C — Medical / Hospital.effectively harvested v) Group D – AssemblyVolume of water harvested = 75000 X 0.7 vi) Group E – Office / Business. = 52500 liters. vii) Group G1 and Group G2 industrial (Only forGenerally water required for drinking, cooking is workshop, assembly plant, laboratories, dry-10 liter / capita/day cleaning plant, diaries food processing unit and anySuppose the family of six people other occupancies noticed by the government from Total quantity of water required / family = 10 x 6 time to time).Provided that the floor area to be = 60 liters. constructed shall be the total floor area in all floors:For a year = 365 x 60 provided further that, the rainwater harvesting = 21900 liters. arrangement is not mandatory for thatched roofed The water required for family for drinking and purpose is less than the rain water harvested 2) The components of workable rooftop raini.e. harvested water is double than the water required water harvesting arrangements as stipulated in sub-for main purpose. rule (1) above, shall include i) Roof catchments areaDesign of Storage tank ii) Roof guttersTank capacity : Tank capacity is based on dry iii) Down pipe and first flush pipe arrangementperiod i.e. the period between the two consecutive iv) Filter unitrainy seasons. Suppose monsoon is for four months v) Storage tank with provision of drawing wateri.e. 120 days , then the dry days are 245. and spillover We know that quantity of water required for 3) The minimum capacity of storage tank as stipulated in sub- rule (2) (v) of the roof top 168
  • 169. harvesting arrangement shall be at the rate given to construct rainwater harvesting structures isbelow August 31, 2003. The ordinance cautions, “Where the rain water harvesting structure is not provided Group A1 25 liters/ m2 as required, the Commissioner or any person Group A2 25 liters/ m2 authorized by him in this behalf may, after giving Group B 50 liters/ m2 notice to the owner or occupier of the building, cause Group C 50 liters/ m2 rain water harvesting structure to be provided in such Group D 50 liters/ m2 building and recover the cost of such provision along with the incidental expense thereof in the same Group E 50 liters/ m2 manner as property tax”. It also warns the citizens Group F Nil on disconnection of water supply connection Group G1 and G2 50 liters/ m2 provided rainwater-harvesting structures are not Group H 25 liters/ m2 provided. Group I Nil Haryana: Haryana Urban Development AuthorityNew Delhi :Since June 2001, the Ministry of Urban (HUDA) has made rainwater-harvesting mandatoryaffairs and Poverty Alleviation has made rainwater- in all new buildings irrespective of roof area. In theharvesting mandatory in all new buildings with a notified areas in Gurgaon town and the adjoiningroof area of more than 100 sq m and in all plots industrial areas all the institutions and residentialwith an area of more than 1000 sq m, that are being colonies have been asked to adopt water harvestingdeveloped. The Central Ground Water Authority by the CGWA. This is also applicable to all the(CGWA) has made rainwater harvesting mandatory buildings in notified areas having a tubewell,in all institutions and residential colonies in notified deadline was for March 31, 2002. The CGWA hasareas (South and southwest Delhi and adjoining also banned drilling of tubewells in notified areas.areas like Faridabad, Gurgaon and Ghaziabad). Thisis also applicable to all the buildings in notified areas Rajasthan: The state government has madethat have tubewells. The deadline for this was for rainwater harvesting mandatory for all public andMarch 31, 2002. establishments and all properties in plot covering more than 500 sq m in urban areas.Indore (Madhya Pradesh): Rainwater harvesting Mumbai:The state government has made rainwater-has been made mandatory in all new buildings with harvesting mandatory for all buildings that are beingan area of 250 sq m or more. A rebate of 6 per cent constructed on plots that are more than 1,000 sq mon property tax has been offered as an incentive for in size. The deadline set for this was October 2002.implementing rainwater-harvesting systems. Gujarat: The state roads and buildings departmentKanpur (Uttar Pradesh): Rainwater harvesting has has made rainwater harvesting mandatory for allbeen made mandatory in all new buildings with an government buildings.area of 1000 sq m or more. Status of RWH in Nagpur District for the year of 2005-2006Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh): Rainwater (Mahatma Jotiba Fule Jal Bhomi Sandharanharvesting has been made mandatory in all new Abhiyan)(Refer Table No. 4)buildings with an area of 300 sq m or more. Tentativefor enforcing this deadline was June 2001. References : 1) Centre for Science and Environment ( CSE) 2) National building code.Tamil Nadu: Through an ordinance titled Thailand 3) A water-harvesting manual for urban area.Muncipal Laws ordinance, 2003, dated July 19, 4) S. Vishwanath. Domestic Rainwater harvesting.2003, the government of Tamil Nadu has made Some application in Banglore, Indiarainwater harvesting mandatory for all the buildings, 5) Centre of science for villages ( public and private, in the state. The deadline 169
  • 170. Table No 4No. Well Well Roof top rain Roof top rain recharging recharging water harvesting water harvesting (Target) (Achieved) (Target) (Achieved)1 Nagpur 150 32 150 1172 Kamthi 125 58 125 1283 Hingna 150 39 150 2004 Kalmeshwar 150 1505 Katol 150 176 150 3106 Narkhed 150 1507 Sawaner 150 70 150 588 Parshivni 125 1259 Ramtek 150 48 150 5910 Mouda 125 20 125 2711 Kuhi 125 0 125 0612 Umared 125 14 125 4413 Bhivapur 125 125 TOTAL 1800 457 1800 949 Target of RWH in Nagpur District for the year of 2006-2007 ( Mahatma Jotiba Fule Jal Bhomi Sandharan Abhiyan) (Refer Table No5)No. Well recharging Roof top rain Roof top rain (Target) water harvesting water harvesting (Target) (Target) Government buildings1 Nagpur 150 150 1002 Kamthi 125 125 1003 Hingna 150 150 1504 Kalmeshwar 150 150 1005 Katol 150 150 1506 Narkhed 150 150 1007 Sawaner 150 150 1008 Parshivni 125 125 1009 Ramtek 150 150 15010 Mouda 125 125 10011 Kuhi 125 125 10012 Umared 125 125 10013 Bhivapur 125 125 150 TOTAL 1800 1800 1500 170