Senior citizens show the way: Rainwater harvesting pit

Senior citizens show the way: Rainwater harvesting pit
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A retired couple has proved that old age is no deterrent to demonstrate enlightened self-interest. Residing in the heart of the city, where water is an expensive commodity, the couple made it possible to overcome perennial water problem, which they have been facing, by constructing a rainwater harvesting pit (RHP) on their premises.

Hanamkonda: A retired couple has proved that old age is no deterrent to demonstrate enlightened self-interest. Residing in the heart of the city, where water is an expensive commodity, the couple made it possible to overcome perennial water problem, which they have been facing, by constructing a rainwater harvesting pit (RHP) on their premises.

Living in a mansion-like own house at Kancharakunta, the couple - Dara Chandraiah, former deputy director in social welfare department, and Deena, retired teacher - were a worried lot three years ago, not because of financial problems but for non-availability of water. The borewell they had on their premises was of little use while the municipal water supply was barely sufficient to their needs.

The tenants too started to feel unrest due to water problem. While others advised them to dig another borewell or steepen the existing one, but the couple then decided to go for a rainwater harvesting pit on their premises, although it was not an instant solution to cater to the water needs of all.

They constructed a RHP and channelised all that precipitation occurred during the rainy season in about 700 square yards, including built-up area, into it. Speaking to The Hans India, the 69-year-old Chandraiah said: “The rainwater harvesting is the only realistic option to replenish aquifers. We have spent last two summers without much ado as we have sufficient water to draw from our borewell unlike previous years, this despite water consumption in our area went up due to thickening of neighbourhood and commercial establishments.”

Meanwhile, there is an interesting information about another retired employee, turning his domestic well into a rainwater harvesting pit. Retired bank employee M Laxma Reddy, who owns a double-storied house in Bheemaram, channelised rainwater falling on his built-up area into a 40-feet well that went dry a decade ago on his premises.

With the well located on the slope side of his house, diverting water to it has become very easy for the landlord. The well was almost full to its brim during the rainy season and started to recede as we approached summer, Reddy said, referring to the benefits of recharging groundwater.

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