In Madhubani, people are using this unique way to harvest rain water for last 15 years

The solution of water crisis: People of Madhubani have been saving such rain for 15 years.

If good rains and plastic sheets of one meter are used, then fine water collection is done.

Whenever there is a rainfall, Ram Khelavan Mandal, resident of Cathania village in Ghodhadiha block of Madhubani district, spreads a plastic sheet in an empty space and pierces the middle of it. A big bucket is kept under the hole. Rainwater is filled in the bucket, then put into another vessel. Afterwards, they put the collected water in the tank of their house and use it for drinking.

Ram Khelavan explains, “With this technique, we save so much water that even after rain is over, we have ample water that lasts almost six months. Madhubani is a flood-prone area. During the monsoon, the water becomes very dirty, causing many kinds of diseases. This procedure ensures the cleanliness and purity of rainwater.”

Like Ram Khelhavan, more than two thousand families of half a dozen villages of the block are saving rainwater through this technique. These homes have tanks with a capacity of 5 thousand litres to 15 thousand litres, where rainwater is stored.

Ram Khelavan says, “Do not collect water for the first five minutes of the rain as there is dirt in it. If good rains and plastic sheets of one meter are used, then the water is stored properly.

The people of Madhubani have been indulging in this practice for a long time as they were aware of the upcoming water crisis. Ram Khelavan explains, “In my village this year, the groundwater level has gone below 20 feet. The amount of iron and other chemicals in which the water is released from the cotton clutch. So rainwater is a boon for us. ‘

Significantly, the ponds and rivers in Mithila area were abundant, but the ponds were split up and the rivers dried up. Although this area floods more or less every year, the heat of water is increasing in summer. On Tuesday, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar also expressed concern about the rising water crisis in the Mithila area in the Legislature.

Ramesh Kumar, president of the Ghoghardeha Prakrand Swarajya Vikas Sangh, a long-working local organization to collect rainwater and preserve earth’s water, says, “We have collected a collection of rainwater. Even though we are recharging, we are also working seriously. We have revived many ponds. At the same time, we advise people not to use handkerchief in areas where surface water is available in sufficient quantity. We are pushing for ground-based underground water management in our area. We also restored 20 ponds and dumpers so that the rainwater could be collected.

Ramesh Kumar Singh says, 15 years ago when we asked people to collect rainwater, people used to make fun of me as saying that the desert is a bit like the water shortage here. However, this time, 18 blocks out of 21 blocks of Madhubani have been supplied with drinking water from the tanker on behalf of the government. Now people have started saying that we were okay. ‘

Office, Anganwadi centre in the rainwater for harvesting

Arrangement of collection of rainwater has also been arranged in the office of Jagatpur, Ghoddhia Block, Swarajya Vikas Sangh. There is a tanker of about 10,000 litres capacity. This tank has been connected to the roof of the office. When it rains, the roof water is stored in a tank through the pipes and it is used in the office and drinking and other works.

Similarly, arrangement for rainwater conservation has been made in Anganwadi centre of the neighbouring village of Jahlee Patti. This water is used for making mid-day meals for children and drinking. Apart from this, a permanent structure of rainwater harvesting has also been developed in some houses.

The disease of Ramwan!

Ramesh Kumar, President of Ghogarhadiya Block Independence Development Association, also told that many people in the area come to their office and take rainwater for drinking. They said, ‘People say that they do not have other diseases of constipation, gastric and stomach by consuming empty stomach rainwater.’

Dr Brajanandan Kumar, a physician of Patna affiliated to the Indian Medical Association, said, “There is all mineral present in rainwater, which should be in the water. In this sense rainwater is beneficial. ‘ If rainwater does not come in contact with the land and it is collected in a clean manner, it is beneficial for health.

This article was originally written by Umesh Kumar Rai for DownToEarth.org

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