To deal with scarcity, with climate change, with pollution

I t seems ironic that even as it announces a subsidy scheme for rainwater harvesting, the government continues to neglect the age-old, traditional rainwater harvesting technology developed by our forefathers over the centuries.

Water resources regime in Kumaon Himalaya is a product of its specific environmental conditions. Major river systems, lakes along with a plethora of streams and springs are the main sources of water in this region. In pre-colonial Kumaon, communities took pride in their water systems and the local communities had the right of ownership over the use of local natural resources.

Mumbai With the city reeling under the threat of an acute water shortage in the coming months, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is appealing Mumbaikers to bank on the ancient technique of rainwater harvesting.

Indore under water emergency THE Malwa region of western Madhya Pradesh is facing acute water shortage. Most reservoirs in the region dried up as early as December following a scant monsoon. While Ujjain residents are getting water supply for an hour in four days, Indore has declared water emergency from February to June 2009. This is the first time an Indian city has declared water

The problem of water availability was a pivotal facet of daily life, particularly in urban areas, where it had to be made perennially obtainable in large quantities. Thus, apart from river water, artificial water reservoirs of massive proportions, and also step wells were constructed on a great scale in most parts of the country.

A survey of rural communities in the Offin river basin suggests the value of blending traditional and scientific knowledge in strategies for coping with climate change and variability.

The region

SHILLONG, Nov 4: Revival of the good old roof-top harvesting of rain water using tin-channels along the roof edges and bamboo channels from innumerable rain-fed springs to canalize water into storage tanks will be the only solution to solve the acute water crisis in rain-fed Meghalaya.

Suita Narain argues for a more logical and democratic answer to the world