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Overview

CSE’s work on Urban RWH

The first step: To make households, industries, institutions, and urban mohallas, all recognise the importance and value of rainwater harvesting for their own lives.

  • The first step: To make households, industries, institutions, and urban mohallas, all recognise the importance and value of rainwater harvesting for their own lives.

A. Exhibitions
 

 
B. Reportage to inform and to inspire …
 
 
C. Meetings and interactions
 
Schools, colleges, engineering institutions University campuses, NGOs and government buildings
 
 
Public sector companies, private industries, army cantonments
 
 
D. Model projects for urban audiences
 
•  Act as a catalyst in spreading water literacy
•  Reinstate and reaffirm the potential of rain
•  Convince the citizens with the impact of rainwater harvesting
•  Serve as field level research centre

21 model projects in Delhi (since 2002)-Extensive monitoring of performance and impact-Infiltration tests and water use studies
 

  • The second step: To facilitate action to undertake rainwater harvesting. CSE’s experience shows that once people get convinced about the importance of rainwater harvesting, they want to know how to do it.
 
A. Urban Water Harvesting Technical Advisory services
 
To help NGOs and technical institutions in different cities of India construct water harvesting systems in their premises. Last 3 years 700 advices; 200 implemented
 
 
Water harvesting manual in 5 regional languages
 
B. Training workshops
 
Hands-on workshops- interactive seminars, classroom instruction, detailed case studies and field trips

One, two, four and five days programmes-target group specific training modules-30 training programmes since 2001; hundreds of presentations

Target groups- masons, plumbers, RWAs, Engineers, government officials, military engineers, schools
 

 
C. Training and education> Rain Catchers
 
 
D. Raincentres: Knowledge and demonstration centres
 
Chennai, Meerut and Sayla
  • The third step: To strengthen all those activists and professionals who are involved in rainwater harvesting by creating a national network of such people.

  • The fourth step: To undertake research and advocacy programmes that help to improve the knowledge base on rainwater harvesting systems and to promote policy making.
 
A. Research on
 

City water profiles (Chennai, Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Trivandrum, Mumbai, Indore, Kanpur)

Water audits & Infiltration studies (since 2004)

Advocacy…

Presentations to policy & decision makers

•  Presentation to governors and central ministers on water harvesting for drought proofing

•  Distribution of briefing papers to parliamentarians

•  Presentation to Parliamentary standing committee on India’s water challenges

•  Presentation to Parliamentary standing committee on rural drinking water supply

•  Presentations to the Delhi government officials

Impact: idea established..

•  2002: Prime Minister said rainwater harvesting is an idea whose time has come.

•  By 2003: Key cities in India had legislated to make rwh mandatory for buildings.

•  2004: Finance minister launched programme for restoration of traditional water bodies.

•  By 2005: Parliament speaker set up group on water conservation. Says will do rwh in Parliament-.every constituency.

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