Lessons in saving with water politics on the boil

PUNE: For a decade since 2006, the city has faced recurrent water crises every year, even if the monsoons have been plentiful. Last year, water cuts stretched for 11 months, and experts said this year too will be no different.

Water has topped the agenda of all political parties and the promises they continue to make about water to push for their gains in the civic polls next month are overflowing.

While politicians keep up the tempo on demanding more water quota for the city, many citizens' groups, individuals and housing societies have taken steps to meet the challenge in becoming water sufficient.
Last year's water crisis, depleting groundwater tables and mounting bills for water tankers have forced citizens living on Baner-Pashan link road to draw up and implement plans.

More than half the 55 residential societies in this area have installed rainwater harvesting structures. The committee members of Baner-Pashan link road Vikas Samiti visited societies to convince them of the importance of groundwater recharge.

The societies deployed different strategies, from channelizing the rainwater coming down the nearby hills into recharge pits to recharging borewells with rooftop rainwater and even using the downward slope of the area to direct potential surface rainwater deep into the ground. Storm water lines within their premises were also diverted into the borewell pits.

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