Kalyan society opts for rainwater harvesting
KALYAN: After battling severe water crisis for six months, residents of Triveni Garden society in Kalyan (West) have decided to opt for rainwater harvesting this monsoon.
“Many people use borewells as an alternative source, but what will happen when the groundwater level decreases further. So we thought of opting for rainwater harvesting,” said Vijay Suchak, chairman, Triveni Garden society.
The society is the first in the city to install the system. The society had plans to build a separate tank to store water received from the municipal corporation. However, with the civic body imposing water cuts, they came up with the idea. “We will save at least 10.50 lakh litres of water which can be later used for household purposes,” said Suchak.
The project has been taken up under the guidance of expert Kedar Ponkshe. A tank with an area of 240 sq ft area and 7.7 ft deep has been built. If the tank overflows, the water will be collected in two borewells in the society.
The rainwater from the terrace of the society will flow into the tank through pipelines and later will be filtered through several layers of stones and charcoal.
“Sources of water are vanishing and we need to develop more sources. Every family from the society has contributed Rs5,000,” said Suchak. The society also have plans to install an RO plant and softening plant.