Training Programme: Planning and Designing of Rainwater Harvesting Systems

Dates: February 10-12, 2021

Venue: Anil Agarwal Environment Training Institute (AAETI), Nimli, Rajasthan
Language of Instruction: English 
Last date to Apply: January 25, 2020
Limited Partial/Full Scholarships

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has been advocating for rainwater harvesting and the role that people and communities can play in contributing to solving the alarming water situation that we face today. Recognizing the significance of rainwater harvesting, the Ministry of Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation issued a notification on 28 July 2001 for the provision of rainwater harvesting systems on plots of all newly planned buildings measuring 100 sq m and above. To achieve the goals of Jal Shakti Abhiyan, a water conservation campaign was launched on 1 July 2019, and the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) issued guidelines for urban water conservation through rainwater harvesting.  In addition, Ministry of Environment and Forests as well as other states / municipal bodies are also promoting rainwater harvesting in existing and upcoming built-up areas. In urban area, rainwater can be collected from rooftop of flats, indoor open spaces, playground and parks, paved / unpaved areas, parking for storage as well as recharging the groundwater.

School of Water and Waste has developed this training – a mix of theory and practice aimed to help build a community of practice in individual households, Resident Welfare Association (RWA)and consultants (architects / engineers/ planners) to strengthen basics as well as step by step guide to design and implement rainwater harvesting systems at an individual and neighbourhood scale. The training will also provide guidance on how to engage with relevant stakeholder aimed at building water prudent sustainable communities. 

To build a community of practice with knowledge, skills and attitude required for planning, designing and implementing rainwater harvesting systems. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. To enhance knowledge and acquire holistic perspectives on water-wise solutions, water balance and water audit.
  2. To learn step by step basic components required to design rainwater harvesting systems.
  3. To identify the guidelines and frameworks required for setting up rainwater harvesting systems at individual, neighbourhood and institutional scales.
  4. To interact and learn from real implementers and beneficiaries during field visit to recognize successfully implemented rainwater harvesting projects. 

The 3 day training will be conducted through presentations, brainstorming/ interactive sessions, lectures, case studies, field visits, quizzes and exercises.Expert lectures from the resource persons with rich experience in the respective field will be arranged, apart from faculty of AAETI. 

Target group:

  1. Working professionals and decision makers from government and non-government institutions
  2. Accredited EIA, architecture and urban planning consultants
  3. PMU assisting Govt. in rainwater harvesting systems
  4. Researchers and academics interested in curriculum development in planning, architecture and civil engineering
  5. Related sector professionals with a desire to learn about a fresh, innovative solution driven perspectives in rainwater harvesting

Training Coordinator

Nupur Srivastava
Programme Manager
Water Programme
Mobile: +91-7506843420

Training Director

Dr. Suresh Kumar Rohilla
Senior Director & Academic Director (School of Water and Waste, Anil Agarwal Environment Training Institute – AAETI)



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Course Fees
INR 26,400 (for single occupancy accommodation)
(Includes tuition fee, training material, external expert lectures and sessions, boarding and lodging, transport from New Delhi to AAETI and back)
Fellowships Available
Full Fellowship includes travel, boarding & lodging costs and training kit & fees costs. Single occupancy accommodation and group pick-up & drop for local travel from pre-defined locations in Delhi.

Part Fellowship doesn't include to & fro Delhi travel (from your respective location) costs but covers full boarding & lodging costs and training kit & fees. Single occupancy accommodation and group pick-up & drop for local travel from pre-defined locations in Delhi.

Female participants are encouraged to apply and given preference in full / part fellowships.

Note: Only shortlisted candidates will be informed
Feedback from previous training
Thank you so much for the opportunity.It was a wonderful experience for me at the AAETI campus. The training program was really interesting, informative and excellent.I feel it has given me enough to explore my knowledge in the field of urban water and sanitation.I would definitely love to return to the AAETI campus and learn more.

Pankaj Shukla, Junior Research Associate, Center for Water and Sanitation (C-WAS), CEPT University, India
I have gained new knowledge and techniques regarding waste water and faecal sludge treatment, GIS, and other tools and approaches. I am grateful to CSE.

Esther Agyabeng Fofie, Principal Technologist, Council for Science and Industrial Research-Institute of Industrial Research, Ghana
I appreciate your sincere efforts to organise the training programmes so very well, for your efforts to gather the resources and making each day so knowledgeable and lively. I hope to continue this connectivity in the future as well.

Prof. Ashwani Luthra, Guru Ramdas School of Planning, GND University, India
A hearty thanks and much respect to the CSE team. Without your effort we would not have had this fantastic time. From here we return with knowledge, precious memories, laughter, and a bundle of love and respect. Thank you!!!

Devang Pandya and Gunjan Bokil, Planning Solutions, India
Best place and environment for learning. Keep it up CSE team! This training is very relevant to developing countries.

Subash Pyakurel, WASH Engineer, Oxfam, Nepal