Sustainable water solutions

About 38 years ago, way back in 1974, there was no “no water day” for Bangalore houses. Corporation water was released to houses every day. “Water timings” was also unheard of. Corporation water flowed in the taps through the day, so much so that many houses had taps connected to an overhead water storage tank only as a back-up. And water used to fill up in the overhead tank on its own, because the pressure of the water in the pipes was sufficient to help the water“reach its own level”. This was the time when Bangalore city had just started receiving Cauvery water. Continue reading

Visit to Mokhada on World Water Day 2013

To commemorate, World Water Day on 22nd March this year, International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance (IRHA) organised rainwater harvesting awareness raising activities in a few schools in India and Nepal. Children and teachers were educated about rainwater harvesting, given information on IRHA’s Blue Schools Programme, and also had fun in the “Catch the Rain” art competition!    Continue reading

Water problems: What architects-builders can do

When we talk of water supply, water shortage, water conservation and everything else WATER in Bangalore homes, there are generally three subjects of focus:

– The water consumer – you, me and everything else that needs water
– The water supplier – Government, BWSSB, water tankers, bottled water agents
– The water source – Cauvery river, lakes, wells, borewells, rain.

As end consumers, much of the onus on saving water is on individuals. Continue reading

IRHA – Helping to catch every drop

“Our vision is a large use of rainwater in every field of life.”

This was the basis of the formation of the International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance (IRHA) in Geneva in November 2002, following recommendations formulated during the World Summit for Sustainable Development in Johannesburg two months earlier.

In the ten years of its existence, IRHA has been providing lobbying support and a platform to promote rainwater harvesting to address water supply problems.

In ancient India, human cave settlements, villages and kingdoms were built on the foundations of efficient water management.  Those that were not near rivers were Continue reading

Flamingo Festival 2013

The enchanting sight of infinite pink spots on the marshy Sewri mudflats is enough justification for a ride into this dusty, smoky industrial part of south Mumbai. Located along the Arabian Sea, on the eastern coast of the island city, the Sewri (pronounced Shivdi) Jetty is where the Mumbai Port Trust, Tata Electricals, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre and the refineries of ONGC, BPCL and HP are located. Dominated by mangroves, it is also the place where 15,000-17,000 migratory flamingos spend a few months every year (generally October-March).

Infinite pink spots with the backdrop of oil refineries

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