Water in India

indian women go get some water

Water management is a major issue in India

Our projects improve water management in Indian villages

Drought has plagued the villages of Ambajogai for many years. Poor water management, intensive agriculture and deforestation have generated many obstacles. We build water harvesting ponds, wells and implement earth works for efficient water management to store all the water that falls from the sky and to provide clean drinking water. Thousands of tons of water are recovered in this way each year.

retention basin dug by NGO Rain Drop in India

Water harvesting ponds and contour bunds

Each year, we build water harvesting ponds with the villagers of our project’s villages. These ponds store rainwater that seeps in the soil to recharge underground water tables. Without them, water would flow freely to the rivers, carrying with it the sediments that fertilize the soil. To reduce top soil erosion and allow water to infiltrate the soil, we build field bunds that slow water flow.

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Corrective dam slowing the flow of water allowing sediments to stay on the fields

Drip irrigation and sprinklers for better water management

Climate change has taken place with great speed, making it hard for the local population to adapt. We accompany villagers in this transition by improving  the greatest water consuming activity: agriculture  Flood irrigation has long been popular in India yet the waste of water is no longer reasonable in this drought prone region. We train and equip farmers with sprinklers and drip irrigation systems (connected to an engine, a tank or a bore well , depending on possibilities) to reduce water consumption for agriculture.

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Fish farming :an other benefit of water retention basins

indian man praticing fish farming in a retention basinSince we’ve introduced fish farming, it has become a significant source of income for farmers. It has also contributed to a more diverse diet.

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