Rainwater Harvesting | Centre for Science and Environment


Work Overview

CSE started its work on water issues way back in the 80s, when it was becoming apparent that the water management paradigm based on exploitation of surface and groundwater resources even as it neglected capturing rain to recharge or for direct use would lead the country to a huge water crisis. CSE first focussed on pushing for policy reforms in the water sector to mainstream harvesting rainwater in both urban and rural areas.

Training programme on Sustainable Urban Water Management: Rainwater Harvesting and Decentralised Wastewater Treatment

February 23-26, 2016 at CSE, 38, Tughlakabad Institutional Area, New Delhi-110062

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India-Africa Experience Sharing Workshop on Urban Rainwater Harvesting-Mainstreaming sustainable water management

25th February, 2015

Venue: Tamarind Hall, Core 4B, Upper Ground, India Habitat Centre

Second Batch of Training Programmes on Urban Rainwater Harvesting and Decentralised Wastewater Treatment including Recycle and Reuse, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Mr. Dinesh Gunawardane, Honorable Minister for Water Supply and Drainage, Sri Lanka speaking on the closing day of the workshop
Training programme on 'Sustainable Water Management' in Sri Lanka

CSE is organising the following training programmes in partnership with Lanka Rainwater Harvesting Forum, Sri Lanka. Sustainable water management systems like harvesting rainwater and decentralised wastewater treatment including reuse and recycle can substantially increase the availability of water in areas where supply is scarce and has also become an economical and ecological benefit. The details of the programme (s) is as follows:

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Towards Lake Conservation

7 August, 2011

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) India and Bangladesh Institute of Planners, Bangladesh (BIP) Bangladesh jointly organised a day  long workshop on lake conservation of Dhaka on August 7, 2011, The workshop was attended by researchers, activists, planners, advocates and regulators from both Bangladesh and India. The meeting was a first initiative to influence the policy debate on lakes in South Asia.

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Lakes in Courts: Cases on Protection of Lakes

Every Indian city, worth its salt, was known by its water body. In fact, localities were named after this wealth. It made the city, because, people understood the connection between these structures built to harvest rain and their drinking water.

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Training Programme on Urban Rainwater Harvesting, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) in collaboration with the Ministry of Water Supply and Drainage (MWS&D), Sri Lanka and Colombo based NGO, Lanka Rainwater Harvesting Forum (LRWHF) organised a three day training programme in Colombo on ‘Urban Rainwater Harvesting’ for Srilankan government officials between 27th and 29th April, 2011.

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Moving towards Rain Cities

A beginning has now been made by cities across the country to provide some incentives to citizens to harvest rainwater on their own. 

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Rainfall Data for major cities of India

The page provides rainfall data for most of the major cities (28) of India. The data source is National Data Centre, India Met. Department, Pune. The values are 25-year average for a period of approximately between early eighties and early two thousands. The user can click on the cities to get the average annual rainfall and number of rainy days.

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CSE’s work as COE on Sustainable Water Management

Ministry of Urban Development has chosen CSE as the Centre of Excellence in the area of urban development on Sustainable Water Management. The Centre is conducting a series of training programmes on decentralized waste water treatment and rainwater harvesting.

The first training programme for the municipal engineers took place between 3rd and 7th of November 2009.

List of participants (PDF)

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Database on threatened lakes

Traditionally, water was seen as a responsibility of citizens and the community collectively took the responsibility of not only building but also of maintaining the water bodies. Since independence, the government has taken control over the water bodies and water supply.

Urban Rainwater Harvesting

This course is open to civil engineers, architects, urban planners, environment consultants and NGOs, students and academicians with an interest in the theory, practice and policy of urban water harvesting.

The programme allows you to gain knowledge, acquire holistic perspectives and get hands-on practice in planning and designing urban water harvesting systems. It will help you to solve real-life water problems of today and give you the unique chance to meet and interact with experts and professional in the field of rainwaterharvesting.

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Catch Water Where It Falls - Toolkit on Urban Rainwater Harvesting

This is a hands-on book based on exhaustive case studies on how rainwater harvesting (RWH) is being implemented, across India – in residential, institutional, and industrial/commercial segments. You will find cases that you can relate to, with all the details you would need, to implement RWH in your premises.

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Fourth Citizens' Report [SOE-4]: Dying Wisdom

Dying Wisdom: Rise, Fall and Potential of India's Traditional Water Harvesting System provides a comprehensive overview of India's millennia-old traditions of water harvesting. This book triggered a nationwide interest in community-based water management.

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Making Water Everybody's Business: Practice and Policy of Water Harvesting

This publication documents traditions, practices technologies and policies of water harvesting in the country. It also assesses state government efforts to deal with drought. The book has a clear message for the thirsty times ahead: Water must be made everybody's business.

Technical Advice

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Technical advice for planning and designing rainwater harvesting

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Training Programs & Capacity Building

RWH Trainings Programme

Training programmes focus on improving capacities and understanding of rainwater harvesting for municipal engineers under Centre of Excellence Programme of Ministry of Urban Development and general practising professionals of India and South Asia.

Course Module

Contact Address

  Dr. Suresh Kumar Rohilla
  Programme Director
  Email: srohilla@cseindia.org
 

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