Conserving water through mass volunteering

Rain Water Harvesting
Rain Water Harvesting via Farm Pond Activity
An effort towards making farmers less dependent on monsoon
The Background

India has a long tradition of water harvesting. Many of the traditional water harvesting systems are no longer utilized or have lost their relevance due to their inability to meet the community demands. For agrarian villages located in arid and semi-arid regions of Maharashtra, any small reduction in rainfall can jeopardize agricultural yields, drinking water supplies, and, the community’s entire existence.

The Initiative

In order to address this issue, KPIT in association with Jnana Prabhodini, an NGO, and the local village body from Kusgaon village, launched the farm pond activity in the year 2012. With the support of 1,200 employees we successfully built 17 ponds across 7 villages that irrigated 1,200 acres land, benefiting almost 21,000 people. For the FY 16-17 we desilted two farm ponds in Ranza (Shivapur) village, Pune.

In association with Jnana Prabodhini – Shivapradesh (Pune) and local villagers of Metpilawar (Pune) village, KPIT carried out the well excavation and construction. This will help address the drinking water problem of the Metpilawar village.
In the year 2015-2016 we extended this activity to four more villages at Kolwadi and Mangdari, Pune. At Nelamangala taluk (Bangalore) we built farm ponds in Aladahalli and Kasaraghatta village.

Rain Water Harvesting
3 rain water harvesting farm ponds created/desilted in Alladahalli (Nelmangala Taluk), Karnataka and Ranza (Shivapur) village, Maharashtra.
Well Excavation & Construction at Guhini & Metpilawar Village, District – Pune resulting in a capacity to store 2.5 million liters of water.
Widening and deepening of water canal at Wajeghar Village, District Pune, creating a water reservoir of 10 million litres of capacity.
Soil Dam at Varoti & Pasali, District Pune, with a capacity to conserve 8 million litres of water.
Cement Nala Bund (CNB) at Shelgaon Village, District – Osmanabad, enabling a water corridor of 22m x 600m x 2m. This will result in a storage of 16 million litres of water.
What makes our Water Conservation project unique?
This project directly impacts 21,000 beneficiaries
This has significantly impacted the village economy
Multiple ways adopted for water conservation, leads to greater impact
Penetration of these initiatives into more number of villages is helping increase the water levels, thus impacting the villagers in a positive manner
Collaboration with the government on the water conservation project has led to an increase in the reach with sustainable system in place
Provides enough water supply to farmers to irrigate their lands throughout the year

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