‘The notion that RWH is costly is a myth’

‘The notion that RWH is costly is a myth’

Has RWH gained momentum in Bengaluru and other places of the state?

Much against the belief of the people, rainwater harvesting is happening. Around one lakh buildings, both government and private, have taken up RWH in Bengaluru. However, I agree that a lot more needs to be done. Against the target set by the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board of 1.2 lakh houses (from 2016 to 2018), around one lakh houses have set up RWH mechanism. 

What should be the areas of focus?

RWH is mandatory in Bengaluru, for units above 30x40 sq ft in dimension. However in other cities, the dimension is only for larger dwellings, like for 40x60 sq ft sites in Hubballi, Dharwad and Mysuru. Also, there are many defunct borewells, which can be used to collect rainwater.

‘Citizens who have taken up rainwater harvesting should be recognised by ward committees. They should be encouraged to champion the cause.

How can the government and people work towards improving the situation?

People should be motivated to work for it. We all should do our bit to improve the situation. The notion that RWH is costly is a myth. Anybody can do it in the smallest of places. All they need to ensure is to have a clean roof and proper filters.