Archive for the ‘water’ Category

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Rain Water Harvesting

August 30, 2008

Pre-Script: This article has also been published in Youth Unite.

 

Sometimes, we do not need to develop wisdom by re-inventing the wheel. For centuries, rain water harvesting has been a dominant activity in our country. Be it for irrigation systems, be it in temples, be it in the backyard of ones own house. This is something that we have always been doing. But, after the concrete jungles have taken over the cities, Rainwater Harvesting has not been in the fore front of demands of any purchaser or builder of home/ apartment in urban landscapes. Do we wake up only after a large scale disaster hits us, like Los Angeles – whose case is explained in the video below?

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHi4IU7JQ5Q&feature=related

 

Rain water harvesting in an urban landscape could be as simple as collecting the water flowing from the terraces out into the road (and causing local street flooding) into an underground tank/ sump or a cachement area which could later used for washing clothes, Cars, cooking, flushing toilets etc. (OR) Letting the rainwater flow into the ground from the terrace through multiple layers of natural filtering like broken bricks etc. which would contribute to the rise of the water tables in the area.

 

The following two websites have all the resources, case studies, links, community projects and all the necessary information on rainwater harvesting – particularly in India.

 

www.rainwaterharvesting.org

 

http://akash-ganga-rwh.com/RWH/WaterHarvesting.html

 

The following video is actually an advertisement for the rain water harvesting systems but has a lot of information on practical implementation of rain water harvesting. As they say, some times the advertisements are more informative and useful than the programs/serials in our television.

 

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsV_JgLzW4w&feature=related

 

And if you have watched all the videos till now, do watch this one also. A nice way of putting across the message. Just to end.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xtMnE9Bo6s

 

Do let know if you know of any interesting implementations of the rain water harvesting methods in your area.

 

 

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Water – The Elixir of Life

December 6, 2007



Water

The Elixir of Life

You are always beautiful

Whichever form you take….

Droplets in Rain,

Sea in Ocean,

Snow in a Snowfall,

Ice in a Glacier

They say,

Beauty lies in the eyes of its beholder….

To any beholder,

You are

Ever captivating, intoxicating and addictive….

Addictive….

How can we live without you

You are the elixir of our lives

Because life revolves around water

You are too humble, you wouldnt accept it

But you are so addictive….

So is alcohol, so is tobacco

Whats the difference?

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