Mandate Rain Water Harvesting - Maharashtra

Mandate Rain Water Harvesting - Maharashtra

9 November 2019
Signatures: 91Next Goal: 100
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Why this petition matters

Started by Aviva Kanodia

The Problem: Maharashtra’s water scarcity hits crisis level
After an inadequate monsoon last year, the Fadnavis government in October 2018 declared drought in 151 of 358 tehsils in the State.
Record number of tankers are sole source of water in large parts of state.
Until June 3, residents of 5,127 villages and 10,867 hamlets were solely dependent on tanker water supply for their daily needs.
The water scarcity has also hit livestock, with about 10.68 lakh animals sheltered in cattle camps for fodder and water needs.

How depleted are groundwater levels?
The latest survey of the Groundwater Survey and Development Agency shows groundwater levels were found to be more than 3 meters lower than the five-year average — a pointer to uncontrolled extraction of water.

Mumbai currently sources 3.8 billion litres of drinking water per day from seven dams built over seven lakes in its neighboring districts (it needs 4.5 billion litres per day), that are distributed via its 27 service reservoirs in city.
Aren't these numbers too high?

What can be done to help:
The answer is simple - RAIN WATER HARVESTING (RWH)
Rain water harvesting is a technique of collection and storage of rainwater into natural reservoirs or tanks, or the infiltration of surface water into subsurface aquifers (before it is lost as surface runoff).
In simple words, it means saving rain water which goes to waste.
Method: One method of rainwater harvesting is rooftop water harvesting.
Uses: Can be used for irrigation, flushing, washing, bathing etc.

Rain Water Harvesting is already mandated in Tamil Nadu 
After the particularly steep drought years of 2001 - 2003, the state government's order mandated that all buildings in Tamil Nadu fix rainwater harvesting structures immediately and store water.

A threat of drought looms large over 17 districts in Maharashtra due to deficient rainfall and excess use of water.

Sign this petition to help mandate Rain Water Harvesting in new buildings being built in the urban areas and soon mandate it in all housing societies in the cities of Maharashtra.

In the meanwhile, it is encouraged to pro-actively take steps to harvest rain water in your society/home.
Even within the city, 63% of the homes get water for only few hours during the day.

Now imagine, 4.5 billion litres of water is required per day just in Mumbai. If we can take any steps to save and store this water by method of Rain Water Harvesting in cities and rural areas, 5000+ villages can benefit from drinking water supply from SEVEN LAKES that provide water to Mumbai.

It is your chance to make a difference.

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Signatures: 91Next Goal: 100
Support now