Spring in a box
A village in Maharashtra solves its water crisis by building underground boxes to tap spring water
VPanchgani, a ILLAGES AROUND quaint hill station in Satara district of Maharashtra, have been facing a severe water crisis for a decade.One of these villages, Akhegani, has, however, found a way to overcome the crisis—it taps underground spring water.
Till recently,it had to depend on tankers for drinking water. These supplied barely 1,000 litres of water every dayay for the village population of about 600 people, mostly farmers, acccording to records available with the municipal body, Panchgani Nagar Palika. This translates to 1.6 litres per person. In comparison, the hill station receives 133 litres of
Satara water per person from the nearby Dhom dam. A few farmers in Akhegani own wells and borewells, the water from which is used mainly for irrigation.
“We would be without water for most parts of the year,” remembers Archana Gawde, one of the many village residents who has struggled to get drinking water. Things changed in 2012 when the people in AkheganiA joined hands with Grampari,a non-profit in Pa Panchgani, to build spring boxes that tap underground spring water.The community effort has turned Akhegani’s fate from being a waterstarved village to a selfsu sufficient one.“Now there is
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Construction of a spring box takes about 10 days. The panchayat and communities are responsible for its maintenance