When BJP corporator Madhuri Sahastrabudhe faced severe water shortage in her area, she was forced to look for a solution. Though she was advised to go for a borewell as an immediate solution, she rejected the idea to draw the ground water as she had never made efforts to increase the water table.
She eventually decided to undertake a rainwater harvesting project. “I found out that earlier, around 37 per cent of rainwater used to percolate down in the city, but the figure has now gone down to seven per cent due to rampant construction, concrete roads and lack of open place for the rainwater to percolate,” she says.
Sahasrabudhe says the only way is to implement a rainwater harvesting project to maintain the ground water table which is going down very fast.
“The rainwater harvesting project helped increase water storage in the available land near the property where it was implemented. After the project was implemented two years ago, there has been no water shortage thereafter,” she says, adding that it’s a one-time investment project.