'If arrangements for rainwater harvesting are not made, BWSSB will not sanction fresh connections,' reads a circular issued two months ago by the Chairman of the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board to all executive engineers. The engineers have to ensure that builders and owners of new buildings first put a rainwater harvesting system in place before they seek a water supply connection.The interest in rainwater harvesting over the past few months has been unprecedented in Bangalore, from not only government authorities but also ordinary residents, especially in the new Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike areas where water pipes have not yet been laid and groundwater is depleted.Impending water crisisThis is in anticipation of 'a clear and impending water crisis', according to S. Vishwanath of Rainwater Harvesting Club.'I used to receive no more than two calls a week from residents inquiring about rainwater harvesting. But over the last three months I have been receiving at least 25 emails and phone calls every day from residents,' says Mr. Vishwanath, and he estimates that Bangalore has at least 5,000 buildings with rainwater harvesting (RWH) systems. (snip)"
Monday, June 11, 2007
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