Officials at the District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) studied the topography of the area and found that even when it rained, most of the water simply ran off the hill slopes. Their solution was as effective as it was simple: dig trenches to slow down the water run-off.
Encouraged by Banda’s district administration, which has taken on the region’s persistent droughts and paucity of rain on a war footing, Gureh’s villagers have got together to clean all the wells. Men have been hired to rappel down the stone walls to remove silt and debris, and the results are encouraging.
Atmospheric Water Generators (AWG), the brainchild of Ramesh Kumar, T Pradeep and Ankit Nagar, who founded Vayujal Technologies Pvt Ltd in September 2017, harness the moisture in the air to provide potable water.
The XPRIZE 2018 was awarded to David Hertz and Laura Doss-Hertz, who won $5.1 million. They wera able to collect as much as 528 gallons (2,000 liters) of water a day from the air, at a cost of no more than 2 cents a quart (1 liter).
A senior official in the water conservation department told The Indian Express, “We have identified 84,000 water conservation projects, which were built in the last six decades but are now non-functional and lying abandoned.”
In the month-long campaign, launched by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, the government plans to desilt 1,300 small and large reservoirs, clean 34 rivers and 5,000-km-long irrigation canals and water pipelines across the state.