The heat wave across the country is a precursor to the onslaught of monsoons. Even though there is a water scarcity today, prudent steps taken to conserve water during monsoon can be a boon.
Water conservation is a necessity today given the fact that the groundwater levels are receding. It is a matter of grave concern and several opinions have been suggested by experts. One of the options to ensure water conservation is rain water harvesting, that is catching up fast as an initiative towards water conservation.
Rain water harvesting is basically storing the rain water and using it as per convenience. In a lot of apartment houses and building societies rain water harvesting systems have been put in place.
The process involved in rain water harvesting is
The water is collected from areas like paths or roofs of the buildings.
Then, through a series of pipes the water is routed to the storage units
The storage unit can be anything from specially constructed tanks or open water bodies like ponds.
Below mentioned are some useful tips about rain water harvesting
Filtration processes should be put in place as the rain water collected from roof & other pathways won’t be completely clean. A good filtration system puts in necessary checks at various places as the water passes through the storage area.
A suitable location to put in the harvest system could be the rooftop, at a point that is low lying. This will lead the water to the pipeline easily.
This storage area should be kept clean and neat. This will ensure that the water that flows into the pipes and filters does not have any debris or garbage.
In case of heavy rainfall, there are chances of overflow of storage area. Suitable arrangements should be made to handle the extra water so that it can be used well.
Government agencies from time to time, do come out with certain specifications regarding rain water harvesting systems. It is always suggested to adhere to the same.
Water is a precious resource that is getting consumed at a very fast pace. It is up to us to conserve water and take steps to effectively utilize and conserve it to ensure an ecofriendly & sustainable future.