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Imposing fines seems doesn’t work for apartments to build rain water harvesting pits

A Diagram showing basic RAIN WATER HARVESTING structure

By Jaswant Reddy

Bangalore, Sept 27: Many apartments and individual houses in Bangalore don’t have proper rain water  harvesting pits to save water, even after the BWSSB imposed fines for that. According to Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage (Rainwater Harvesting) Regulations 2011, “It is considered necessary to provide for making it mandatory to build rainwater harvesting structure by households in order to preserve the groundwater by amending the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Act, 1964”.
According to a survey made by BWSSB in 2012, as many as 1,36,573 properties measuring 60x40 sq ft and 30x40 sq ft (constructed after 2009) have to implement rainwater harvesting system, But only 28000 have rainwater harvesting structures.

Rama Krishna, Chief engineer, BWSSB said that they are implementing rules and imposing fines on households that don’t have rainwater harvesting structures. In response, housing associations have started to construct RWH structures.
Uday Shankar, Vice President of the residents’ association at Deepika’s Residency in Byappanahalli said  “We didn’t have RWH structures before 2011 and after the rules were amended, we were fined and we decided to built RWH structures for our apartments and now we are conserving water which is very useful to develop ground water”.

Ayyappa Masagi, founder of Water Literacy foundation, who has worked on Rainwater conservation projects in many industries, apartments and individual houses, said, “Everybody wants water. It’s the responsibility of people to conserve water for future use. People should realize the importance of water and should learn the methods to conserve it.” He added that the government should give subsidy for RWH projects.

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