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.

Beginning with the science of water harvesting, the course takes you through technologies for use in micro level catchments of residential and institutional buildings to macro level catchments of roads, flyovers, parks, urban forests, and other public areas. You will update yourself on recent policy developments and legal and financial incentives for rainwater harvesting. The field trips, films, rigorous practical exercises will help you to internalise the lectures and will help you get started in designing and planning for urban rainwater harvesting.


Overview – Water – yesterday, today and tomorrow

  • Traditions, current paradigms

Science of rainwater harvesting

  • Sessions on groundwater, hydrogeology and hydrometeorology

Technology of rainwater harvesting

  • Principles, components, planning, designing and construction techniques

  • Filters, water quality issues and treatment options

  • Costing, maintenance and monitoring mechanisms

Harvesting the city’s water endowment

  • Harvesting rainwater from residential and institutional buildings, colonies, industries, public areas like parks,airports, forested areas etc

Policy framework for rainwater harvesting

  • Water policy and legislations

  • Fiscal incentives and disincentives

Making water everybody’s business: A primer for action

  • Strategies for catalysing rainwater harvesting

  • Experiences and examples

The course is available to you at a fee of only Rs. 8,800/- per participant. 50% discount for NGOs, students and academicians.

Participants will get a certificate at the end of the course.

How to apply: The course fee should be paid in advance by demand draft/cheque in the name of CENTRE FOR SCIENCE AND ENVIRONMENT payable at New Delhi. Please complete and print the REGISTRATION FORM obtaining from the contact below and post / fax it to CSE.

Last date: The last date for receiving application forms is March 10th, 2011. CSE can help arrange accommodation for outstation participants (at cost) on a request not less than two weeks in advance.

Programme Schedule

Date: March 22-25, 2011; Time:10:00 am to 5:30 pm

Anil Agarwal Green College
38, Tughlakabad Institutional Area
New Delhi – 110062

For information contact: 
Debasis Tudu
Research Associate, Water Programme
Centre for Science and Environment
41, Tughlakabad Institutional Area, New Delhi - 62
Phone: 91 (011) 29955124 (Ext. 280);
Fax: +91 (011) 29955879
Mob: +91 9013338906