Report on Rainwater Harvesting Project: Noida

About the Project:

  • This project talks about the implementation of a rainwater harvesting project.
  • The project demonstrates its commitment in adopting good practices in sustainable water management
  • Rainwater harvesting is the accumulation and storage of rainwater for reuse. Rainwater can be collected from rivers, roof tops and the water collected is directed to a deep pit. The water percolates and gets stored in the pit. This is not just an economical practice but is sustainable too.

What is the project about?

    The project talks about the implementation of Rainwater Harvesting project First project started at GAIL apartment, Sector 62, Noida.

    Why we need this?

    • Water conservation is the need of the hour. Scarcity of water is a serious concern that the world is facing now. In the year 2019 Chennai, a city in South India witnessed a complete dry out of the reservoirs. A report by NITI Aayog, said that if methods for water conservation in India are not implemented, another 20 cities including Bengaluru, Delhi and Hyderabad would run out of groundwater in the next few years.
    • The city of Noida has seen a significant declining trend (up to 40 mbgl) because of over-extraction. Since the area is surrounded by the river Yamuna, all the storm water drains into it. However, because of increased paved areas and declining waterbodies in Noida, the area cannot sustain high rainfall intensity and is prone to floods and waterlogging as well as depleting groundwater levels.
    • The vast geographical spread of India, uneven natural water distribution & seasonality of rain fall makes it even more important to conserve water for the population.

    What problem we are solving?

    The team worked on this implementation due to severe decrease in groundwater levels. The quality of groundwater is also not upto the mark. Rainwater harvesting is an effective method of conserving natural water (rainwater) & replenishing the water table.

    What we get after installing or doing this?

    Here is a general representation of how a typical RWH system works

    The outcome of the project would be a complete set up that can collect the rainwater & stored in the tank.

    Some of the benefits of a RWH initiative are:

    • It is low cost to construct and maintained.
    • It replenishes the ground water level which is then distributed evenly for  the nearby areas.
    • It helps reduce peak demands during summer months, thereby reducing the burden on water table.

    Impact in terms of numbers:

    The project costed around INR 37K including digging, labor, plumber, charcoal & pebbles (for filtration), iron made grill for holding charcoal & pebbles, cover lid, & blockage channel. The setup is now able to conserve 14,38,900 liters of water every year.