Water springs eternal from this well
WATER - THE precious commodity has made life miserable for people, as it requires hours of waiting in long queues to fetch it. With rise in mercury, the wells and bawadis have become bone dry in the City.india Updated: May 06, 2006 15:00 IST
WATER - THE precious commodity has made life miserable for people, as it requires hours of waiting in long queues to fetch it. With rise in mercury, the wells and bawadis have become bone dry in the City.
Yet there is a family in Indore, which is blessed with sufficient water resource and has it in surplus to give away to neighbours and other people.
Sanjay Bavne, a self employed electronic engineer who resides in Suryadev Nagar (near Sudama Nagar) with his mother and wife has been using water from a well in their house premises for over 10 years now. Dug in 1996, the 30-feet deep well is the only source of supply of water for the family all round the year.
The well has shown no signs of drying up in last decade, and hence the family has also not sought municipal water connection, boring or any other source of supply of water.
Rather, the water is in excess to the extent that the family supplies it to the needy people. According to Sanjay, the well contains five feet water at any given point of time. He said that they cook, bathe and consume the same water from the well besides using it for watering the plants in their garden.
Another surprise element is that there are many wells in the same vicinity that have dried and get recharged only during monsoons. This well in Sanjay’s house was the first well in the colony.
Water from the well was used to dig up at least 10 other wells deeper than this in the same colony. But only the well at Sanjay’s place has survived the chronic water shortage even when other underground resources dried up.
“It’s God’s blessings that we meet all the household needs from a single water source,” said Sanjay’s mother Kanchan. She worships the stones that were found when the ground was blasted to dig the well in January 1996. She calls them ‘Jal Devta’ and believes that it because of the ‘Jal Devta’ that the water in the well is sufficient.
Kanchan said that the stones found had different shapes and looked like miniature idols of God. “So I did not throw them back into the well and kept them with the other idols in the room where I do pooja. I wish that my children are blessed with this forever and Jal Devta may save the well from evil eye,” she added.
Sanjay said that the well is cleaned once in two years but it generates potable water as the colony is registered and the drainage system is well organised. He said that the well water has been tested by Indore Municipal Corporation and has all the nutrients required in drinking water.
The well has many other strange and blissful elements. Far more than the normal wells it has seven sources of water at its base. Sanjay said that the family could not believe when they saw the seven springs from where the water comes to the well.
These all are natural underground sources. The well has not required deepening or repairs during all these years. Well, as they say, hope always exists even when life passes through a dry spell!
First Published: May 06, 2006 15:00 IST