The urban water paradoxApril 24, 2007
Here we go again in this fair city of ours. A shower in April causes floods and a life is lost. Cars float in basements and people lose their homes. From the outskirts at the same time there is a huge water shortage and bore wells are going dry. People are queuing up for water and 1 pot of water goes for Rs 2/-. Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose. (Go figure that one out:):))
There are 2 levels of intervention. At the individual level we must reduce
water consumption to the most efficient and harvest rain.
This will reduce the load on the citys water demand AND prevent flooding.
So how do we do this? Capture the rainwater into your sump tank.
Dig a recharge well 3 feet in diameter and 20 feet deep. Put all the storm
drain water into it.
Voila, the ground water levels
will go up and there will be more water in the 120,000 bore wells in the city and NO FLOODS
. .. and a paradigm to manage rainwater in a city looks like this