Only 44,000 houses in City have RWH

Around 44,000 houses which constitute one per cent of the BWSSB consumers have adopted rain water harvesting (RWH), according to BWSSB Minister S Suresh Kumar.

“Despite amending the law to make rainwater harvesting compulsory and even creating an RWH theme park to educate people about its importance, not many have come forward to adopt the structures,” the minister said here on Tuesday. He was speaking after  releasing the book ‘Integrated Urban Water Management in Small Towns – Experiences and Lessons from Doddaballapura, Karnataka’.

Citing the example of how workers toiled to complete the Cauvery IV stage II phase project, he said City residents will learn to value water when there is water scarcity.
“The Thippagondanahalli Halli reservoir had gone dry a couple of months ago.

There was objection to its rejuvenation. Several unplanned development activities had led to the contamination of Arkavathy and Kumudavathi rivers, leading to subsequent drying up of the reservoir, the minister said.

Doddaballapura town has been reeling under severe water crisis for several years. The residents have been shelling huge amount on buying drinking water, which has become a precious commodity.

With the help of the Society for Voluntary Action Revitalisation and Justice (SVARAJ), as many as 210 households have adopted rainwater harvesting structures, he said.

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