Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, May 9:
The Odisha government has planned to implement a new scheme, ‘Rooftop rainwater harvesting and groundwater recharge in urban areas of Odisha’, with an investment of Rs 100 crore.
The scheme has been proposed to be implemented from 2014-15 to 2018-19.
The scheme will be implemented through installation of Rooftop Rainwater Harvesting Systems (RRHS) in buildings by owners to augment ground water recharge, enhance the water table and improve water quality in the urban areas of the state.
The scheme will be implemented in all 105 urban local bodies (ULBs) through mass adoption of RRHS in private buildings with rooftop area up to 200 sq m as well as all government buildings.
“The scheme has been envisaged in light of the Odisha Ground water (Regulation, Development and Management) Bill, 2011 wherein adoption of RRWH has been made mandatory for certain types of buildings,” said a senior official of Water Resources department.
The total number of buildings to be covered under the scheme is 16,995, including 550 government buildings and 16, 405 private buildings.
Rainwater Harvesting involves collection, filtering and use of rainwater, which falls on the rooftop (terrace or tile roof) and in the portico of the house.
Rainwater harvesting can be adopted through recharging of bore wells near the house. Recharging of bore wells should be done to prevent them from drying up and improve their water table.