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02 Apr / 2019Program by:
Featured: TencyLanguage: English

Challenges for achieving water security -A talk of Tency from the Water Group

Indian history about water usage provides us with a wealth of examples. Dholavira, an
ancient Indus valley city 5000 years old incorporated innovative and ingenious methods for
capturing and storing rainwater and seasonal river water for all their needs in a water scarcity environment of less than 300 mm rain a year.
The North-western states, Gujarat and Rajasthan, have still functioning examples of centuries old evolved rainwater harvesting practices.
Right in our bioregion we have examples of village rain water tanks, sustaining and
nourishing the surrounding populations and its diverse activities for 1000 of years.
With yearly ongoing decreasing water tables, erratic weather behaviour and an over-
exploitation of the available ground water reserves it will not be possible to guarantee a
secure water supply coming from only one source, our borewells.
There is a growing awareness to establish long term water security.
Reaching such an aim will involve planning and preparing to shift from five decades groundwater dependency to harvesting and integrating rainwater and surface water in our Auroville context.
Catching and retaining rainwater in appropriate areas could be among the first steps towards a much larger network of integrated water bodies in our evolving landscape. Other steps include the re-use of waste water, more efficient methods when we use water for irrigation purposes.

Previous water group conferences:

The Blessed Human Factor – A talk of Tom

The Water Crisis – A talk of Giulio

Please visit the Water Group’s website to learn more: www.aurovillewater.in
or contact them to get involved: watergroup@auroville.org.in

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