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.

Continuing from the year 2012-2013, we extended this activity this year as well. To perform this challenging task, 550 employees from KPIT contributed toward the de-silting of ponds for about four months starting January 2014. Through the de-silting activity, the volunteers have made an attempt towards ensuring rain water conservation during the monsoon of 2014, providing farmers enough supply to water their land through the year, thereby benefitting over 2000 people from the Mangdari & Ketkawane villages.

KPIT in association with Jnana Prabodhini, conducted a volunteer based drive to de-silt farm ponds across the villages. To perform this challenging task, 450 volunteering employees from KPIT worked towards de-silting of ponds for about six months starting January 2013. Through this activity, the volunteers have been able to ensure rain water conservation during the monsoon of 2013, providing farmers enough supply to water their land through the year, thereby benefiting over 500 people from the Kusgaon & Katwadi villages.

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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