You can ease India’s water woes and gain from it too
Personal as well as community-level efforts can help solve India’s growing water crisis
Groundwater can be recharged by directing rainwater to an open area to let it percolate into the ground
For Chennai-based Harsha, 50, and Prabha Koda, 49, the inspiration to start utilizing rainwater didn’t come from a drought but flooding. “During the Chennai floods, we saw all this rainwater going to waste and decided to do something to save and use it," said Harsha, who is the secretary of the residents’ association of Sabari Terrace, an apartment complex in Sholinganallur, Chennai. The apartment was recently in the news for collecting over 30,000 litres of rainwater in an hour in a city undergoing severe water crisis. The Kodas, who run a startup consultancy, set up a basic rainwater storage and groundwater recharging system in their apartment complex by channelling rain pipes from the terraces into an underground sump or reservoir with a storage capacity of 100,000 litres.