This blog is dedicated to our Journalists for Rainwater Harvesting. They will report on examples of rainwater harvesting in their own countries and communities, helping us raise the profile of rainwater harvesting - both locally and globally.

Sunday, 1 December 2013

An effort for the positive beginning

An  effort for the positive beginning 
Bhuikhel, a place located near a world heritage site Swayambhunath, has a pleasant environment. I along with my colleague visited the site. It was beautiful but we also could see a dried out pond even though two recharge wells could clearly be seen. Later we came to know that the ultimate reason for constructing the wells was for retaining and recharging rainwater. Unfortunately rainwater is only being recharged.  It has 3 collection inlets: two being the stairs of the Swayambhunath and one being the 9 ropani playground lying next to the pond. However, the local authority had tried to use black mud so that water could be retained but still the technique failed.

Bhuikhel pond

“The formation of the cracks in the bedding of the black mud used in the pond is not letting the pond to retain rainwater”, says Narendra Man Dangol, director of Niva Rain and the local resident. He also shared, “the decision to use red mud or plastic for overcoming the problem is yet to be made.”
Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) has introduced a provision that waives 10 per cent amount while approving house blueprints if they have integrated RWH in their design. It has also enforced a mandatory provision of approving the construction of only those houses that incorporate the Rainwater Harvesting (RWH) system particularly in this area.

The effort  of KMC to encourage people to install RWH system in their household is highly commendable. And hopefully the pond could retain water not just recharge in times to come.