April 30, 2021| Connect the Drops|
The ‘Jal Shakti Abhiyan: Catch The Rain’ Campaign was launched by The Hon’ble Prime Minister of India on 22nd March 2021 to be undertaken across the country in both rural and urban areas with the theme “Catch the rain, where it falls, when it falls”. The Campaign is to be implemented across the country, in both rural and urban areas from March 22 to November 30, 2021 (the pre- monsoon and monsoon period in the country). The main aim of the campaign is to take water conservation at the grass root level through people’s participation and urge stakeholders to create rainwater harvesting structures suitable to the climatic conditions and subsoil strata, to ensure proper storage of rainwater.
Under this campaign, GuruJal Society in collaboration with Navjyoti India Foundation hosted a session on Water Awareness with Dr. Kiran Bedi (Water Warrior: Mission Water Rich Puducherry) on 1st May 2021. We received more than 370 registrations and there were 350+ participants on zoom and Facebook live.
This session was to make every citizen aware of our present water crisis and find solutions at individual level to Catch the Rain and Dr. Kiran Bedi made it very interactive and insightful session by adding her perspective, guidance and governance aspect to it.
Responses to few questions asked by participants during the session –
Rainwater harvesting has been adopted by many countries as a viable means to save water. With the increasing population and dependence on water, it becomes pertinent for institutions and even households to start investing in rainwater harvesting systems (RWH). The cost will vary depending upon the catchment area, conveyance, and storage & recharge structure proposed. As per norms, you need to store or recharge a capacity of 20 liters for every sq meter of roof area Approximate cost for installing Rainwater harvesting structures varies from Rs.20,000/- to 4,00,000. GuruJal has been taking proactive steps towards installing Rainwater Harvesting Systems.
For more details visit. https://gurujal.org/rainwater-harvesting/
Best ways to save water at Individual level (Flats) –
Little Changes can make a big difference. We can save water at an individual level by using it more efficiently and consciously. Can also refer to
There are many ways to recharge Groundwater at home. One should choose their ways of recharging wisely which has minimal losses.
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District Administration Gurugram through the GuruJal initiative has been intensively working in the field of Water conservation and Management in the district. For more details visit https://gurujal.org/about/
As directed by Hon’ble Prime Minister, In Gurugram Catch the Rain campaign has been started; all the citizens of Gurugram can be part of it and work with the Government through GuruJal. Similarly,
This can be showcased as the best practice and can be implemented in another district as pilots
Feel free to share with us on firstname.lastname@example.org with a cc to email@example.com in case you need more support from certain officers with clear details after having tried 2-3 times yourself at least. We will then pursue the matter internally and update you on this.
Inclusive and Good Governance plays a major role in water management and conservation. In Gurugram, GuruJal Society was formulated by the District Administration Gurugram in May 2019; to ensure better water management in the district. Its mission is to collaborate with 24+ government departments to ensure water conservation and efficient water management in Gurugram, work committedly and make citizens of Gurugram water conscious and mobilize them towards sustainability.
Our focus is to work on improving the compliances of schemes and policies supporting water conservation, following up on the better enforcement of rules and regulations to mitigate water exploitation, extensive campaigning to sensitize people, come up with better design solutions for the current standing issues and work towards making a better policy framework for water management.
Keeping the gaps and urgency of the issue in mind, a composite water management approach and hence the project GuruJal was envisioned with the objective of “addressing the problems of groundwater depletion, water scarcity, flooding i.e. water mismanagement in Gurugram District of Haryana” by avoiding the duplicity in efforts, enabling better collaboration and having holistic systems thinking approach. Objectives of GuruJal are
Wastewater generated can be managed at Source and at disposal, some of the ways may include
To remove encroachment, approach the local governing or administrative bodies and bring this into their notice and make sure that your pond is declared as Gair Mumkin Talab in Revenue Records. Reach out to the respective Tehsildar of your area and cc the copy of the letter to us on firstname.lastname@example.org with a cc to email@example.com in case you need more support from certain officers with clear details after having tried 2-3 times yourself at least
The protection of ponds, along with appropriate management and creation of ponds is incredibly important. One of the key parts of this is the appropriate buffering of the ponds to protect them from run-off and pollutants.
Urban flooding occurs when water flows into an urban region faster than it can be absorbed into the soil or moved to and stored in a lake or reservoir. For solving this issue Government along with the public should focus on the following points by planning for water sensitive Urban Design
Yes, this is possible for Governments to give subsidies in installing a Rainwater harvesting system. This should be recognized as our Present Policy gap in Haryana and some other states which should be addressed. It is already being implemented in some of the states in India like Delhi, Tamil Nadu, etc.
In Delhi, Delhi Jal Board provides financial assistance of 50% of the cost of the Rain water harvesting structure with a maximum amount of up to Rs. 50,0000/- for the installation of a Rainwater harvesting system. For Future Reference
India is a country with diverse geography throughout the region. Some areas are affected by floods and some by droughts and each has to be solved in its own ways. It is not possible to supply the same amount of water for all the states throughout the country but it is possible with the region of the same geography. Here wherein allocation of water depending on the consumption plays a vital role and it is different for different sectors.