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Recharging groundwater best solution to water woes in Madurai, say experts

Posted by raindrop on September 5, 2013

Recharging groundwater best solution to water woes in Madurai, say experts

S. Sundar

 
  • The dry bed of the Mariamman Teppakulam in Madurai. Photo: R. Ashok
    The dry bed of the Mariamman Teppakulam in Madurai. Photo: R. Ashok
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  • N. Arunachalam, former Chief Engineer, Public Works Department, explaining the functioning of the roof-top rainwater harvesting system at his residence in Kadachanendal in Madurai. Photo:R. Ashok
    N. Arunachalam, former Chief Engineer, Public Works Department, explaining the functioning of the roof-top rainwater harvesting system at his residence in Kadachanendal in Madurai. Photo:R. Ashok

It’s the worst of the time — the groundwater table in the city and rural areas of Madurai has gone down this year following failure of two consecutive monsoons. Buying water, which has been a practice for hotels and marriage halls, has become the order of the day for most of the apartments and thousands of independent houses as well.

It’s the best of the time — the city received the first showers in the recent days. Northeast monsoon, the most beneficial season for this part of the State, is round the corner. Harvesting the rainwater, which can be done in more than one way, will help recharge the groundwater and provide the best solution to the water woes.

Rainwater harvesting (RWH) was made mandatory in all households, commercial and industrial buildings in the State in 2003. Engineers say the system produced the desired results of augmenting the groundwater in the subsequent years, despite many having put up namesake RWH structures to escape penal action...MORE