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Need of the hour

Mumbai, although fast developing remains disinterested at large with water shortage issues or its impact due to lack of awareness in spite of sufficient rains every year.

entertainment Updated: Dec 15, 2010 00:53 IST
Riteish Deshmukh

Water, an indispensable need for life to survive, and hence its utilisation and preservation is imperative. Mumbai, although fast developing remains disinterested at large with water shortage issues or its impact due to lack of awareness in spite of sufficient rains every year.

Architects and town planners play a vital role in implementation of rainwater harvesting. In Mumbai, although the BMC (Bombay Municipal Corporation) has made it mandatory for plot development measuring above 1000 square feet to have the above, only 10% of the projects actually implement it. Various reasons could govern this, lack of awareness in the citizens or the “prospective buyers” is highlighted.

Harvesting the available rainwater for our own need is one such area of concern.The water supplying lakes to the city utilise the rain water (3-4 months annually) while the rest goes down the drains or causes floods. Due to severe water shortage, reliability on water tankers, spending a whopping amount on it monthly seems the only solution. The awareness about benefits of harvesting this rainwater can become a boon with one time investment and a life long source of benefit.

Raising this concern and targeting the citizens to educate them about the benefits of rainwater harvesting, a community project named “Need of the hour for an abundant tomorrow” has been initiated. I came across this project and I thought it was time to voice my concern.

All of us, in our own little ways, need to realise before it’s too late. And in true sense it is the need of the hour. Do contact: wh.needofhour@gmail.com to find a way to conserve water in your building.

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