India has been a land of sophisticated civilizations with a long legacy of rainwater harvesting methods that have been pioneered since Indus Valley, and they continue even now. However, it becomes a matter of great concern when the same country faces a water crisis, like the one in Himachal Pradesh during 2018 summers that left more than half the population of its state thirsty. Whereas countrywide 61% wells witnessed a fall in the water level as reported by the Union Ministry.

The land of traditional rainwater harvesting, Gujarat, isn’t faring any better. According to Central Ground Water Board, since 1974, the water table in Central and North Gujarat has been depleting at the rate of 20m per decade. Overexploitation of water is rampant and the future looks grim. Until someone does something.

The solution to this seemingly invisible yet immediate problem is rainwater harvesting in your home.

If you’re the kind of person who is enterprising and you like to say you care for the environment then here are some simple ways that you can harvest rainwater at your home.

 

Rain Barrell

Perhaps the simplest way to harvest rainwater is by using an old drum or a new one and direct the rainwater from your roof straight into this drum. It is essential to keep this container completely sealed to prevent any mosquito from breeding in its confines. Adding a tablespoon of vegetable oil will do the trick too.

 

Rain Chains

The easy and aesthetic way of harvesting rainwater is by using Rain chains. They act as an alternative to the downspout that is conventionally made of PVC and used to carry water to containers or a catchment area. Using Rain chains you can make a water feature that will look beautiful as well. Although you can buy them online, making them from used materials would be a better way to engage your time.

 

Rain Saucer

This is simple enough for you and quite fun to make and install in your own backyard. It looks like as if you’ve inverted an umbrella over a big container. It can easily collect the rainwater due to its large area and funnel it down to the container below. the small travel path reduces the probability of contamination. Here [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15XWKDtvmZ0] is how to make one.

Thankfully, like you there are many agents of change who are making their best efforts to recharge the groundwater levels. One among them is the Bakeri Group that ensures they give back to the environment as much as possible through their projects, which have sustainable rainwater harvesting system installed in them. So even staying in a Bakeri home is like contributing to improving the groundwater level of India and playing a role in creating a sustainable future for the generations to come.

Sources:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ahmedabad/water-tables-in-state-fell-by-20m-each-decade/articleshow/63964801.cms

https://www.hindustantimes.com/mumbai-news/water-levels-fell-in-61-of-india-s-wells-in-last-decade-says-report-by-union-ministry/story-A7Y0uiwMv9TvL4KAR8pzAI.html

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/shimla-in-the-throes-of-a-water-crisis/article24008329.ece

https://www.renewableenergyhub.co.uk/rainwater-harvesting-information/the-history-of-rainwater-harvesting.html