Schools In India Banded Together And Saved 9 Million Gallons Of Water During The Country’s Water Crisis

Economist

During the scorching summer months in Bengaluru, a bustling Indian megacity, residents are accustomed to conserving water. However, one man’s initiative within the school system has proven to be a game-changer, saving millions of gallons of water this year alone.

Dr. Hariharan Chandrashekhar, an environmentalist, launched the Rain Reach program in Bengaluru schools in response to a crisis caused by mass well digging. This digging frenzy had swiftly drained the water resources serving 8.5 million city inhabitants and around 40 schools.


The Rain Reach program targets students aged 9 to 15, aiming to instill in them the importance of water conservation from an early age, with the goal of nurturing lifelong habits of responsible water usage.

The program focuses on various aspects of water conservation, including collecting and storing rainwater, utilizing rain gauges to monitor and manage rainfall, and treating and reusing wastewater for non-hygienic purposes such as irrigation and flushing toilets. Through these efforts, the program has successfully saved over 9 million gallons (34 million liters) of water.


Water conservation has become a significant focus for both the private and public sectors in India. A notable initiative, Jal Jeevan, launched in August 2019, has provided access to tap water for almost 79 million households. This initiative has brought tap water to 56% of rural households across the nation, significantly improving water access and management.

 

 

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