Rain water harvesting theme park in Bangalore by July

Posted by Staffreporter  |  10. June 2010

Bangalore has been facing acute
water shortage for the last two years; Issues like global warming, water pollution and depletion of water table are consuming the water at a higher rate than it is given back by the nature.

The Bangalore Water Supply and Sewage Board (BWSSB) currently supplies 900 million litres of water to the city per day where as the demand for water is of 1.3 billion litres. The Cauvery River is the main source of water for the Bangalore city, which is imported by the BWSSB.

To create awareness about Rainwater Harvesting in the city, the government is setting up a “rainwater harvesting theme park” which will be launched in July. Spread over 48,000 sq ft. and built at a cost of Rs. 2 crore, this project has been deemed as one of the only such theme parks in the country, promoting rainwater harvesting in a “creative and unique” way.

The park aims at raising awareness among the people about harvesting rainwater. Built with assistance from the Karnataka Science and Technology Academy, the sprawling park will now be home to different buildings, one of them being an information centre, which will essentially point out the uses of the rainwater harvesting theme park and teach people how to do it themselves.

This park will also hold 26 models of rainwater harvesting, hoping to engage people visually. Methods of rainwater harvesting like recharging of borewells and groundwater sources near the house and collection of rainwater for reuse will be demonstrated live at the park. This apart, the BWSSB offices across the city will soon have rainwater harvesting facilities to set an example.

Why is rainwater harvesting important?
Surface water is inadequate to meet the demand for water another reason is rapid urbanization. This can be seen in Bangalore, where most of the rural areas do store rainwater but the urban population is so much involved in buildings that can attract the customers and houses, unlike some of the colonies that are environment friendly fails to realize that environment should not be taken lightly.
Till about thirty years back the areas around homes and offices used to be unpaved and the rainfall would percolate into the soil, but due to the proliferation of flats and complexes the percolation of water has suddenly come to a stop.

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