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Title: Household conservation of rain water : A case study at Guwahati city
Authors: Patwary, B C
Zoramsangi, M
Sarkar, P K
Issue Date: Jun-2012
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
Abstract: The inter states drainage basins of the mighty Brahmaputra & the Barak represent the hydrologic scenario of almost entire North East India. The paradoxical hydro climatic scenarios of the region are a typical hydrological entity in the world atlas. Endowed with huge water resource potential, while it could be like 'power house' and 'reservoir of the country', it has the worst water resource problems under the present circumstances rendering untold sufferings and colossal loss to millions every year. The region experiences excessive rainfall and high floods during monsoon months depicting 'water water everywhere` and also suffers from acute shortage of water even for drinking in non monsoon months 'echoing 'not a drop to drink' in many areas including Cherapunji, the wettest area of the world. During non monsoon months there is ever increasing need to conserve water in the hill states consisting about 70% and now a days even in the plains where prolonged dry spell of more than 9 months could be seen in the recent past. The draft water policy of the state of Assam puts that conservation consciousness would be promoted through education, regulation incentives and disincentives, rainwater harvesting, both by modern scientific methods and traditional methods, would be encouraged and promoted through dissemination of information, demonstration and incentives, efforts would be made to modernize the traditional rainwater harvesting methods through proper input of modern science & technology and Stress would be laid in recharging of groundwater through rainwater harvesting. Under this back drop, the paper describes an individual and indigenous effort of the author in rain water harvesting at Guwahat sustained, replicated and since in operation for more than a decade for various house hold and agricultural uses and also in-situ ground water recharge with minimal know how / technology inputs in it.
Page(s): 96-101
CC License:  CC Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.5 India
ISSN: 0975-2412 (Online); 0771-7706 (Print)
Source:BVAAP Vol.20(1) [June 2012]

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