Minimal rainwater harvesting in city

Ashish Jadhav
Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Pune: While every year, the water situation of Pune is becoming grimmer and the ground water level is depleting fast, there is a gloomy picture when it comes to rainwater harvesting (RWH) by citizens.

According to the data provided by the property tax department of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), out of over eight lakh property tax payers, there are only 1,312 citizens who adopted RWH system at their residence, which is even not even one per cent of the total taxpayers.

Pune: While every year, the water situation of Pune is becoming grimmer and the ground water level is depleting fast, there is a gloomy picture when it comes to rainwater harvesting (RWH) by citizens.

According to the data provided by the property tax department of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), out of over eight lakh property tax payers, there are only 1,312 citizens who adopted RWH system at their residence, which is even not even one per cent of the total taxpayers.

Shockingly, the number of properties having RWH system is very low, despite the city experiencing water scarcity during recent years, following below normal rainfall in catchment areas of the four dams supplying drinking water to Pune.

According to the PMC officer attached to the property tax department, this year, only 174 new property owners opted for RWH system. The property owners who have installed the RWH system and registered that plant with the PMC can avail 5 per cent rebate on the property tax. The same way, 5 per cent tax rebate is offered on solar energy or vermicompost also, and if the property owner has two or three out of total three green initiatives, then he or she can get 10 per cent tax rebate.

However, the summer season is an ideal period for installing the rainwater harvesting plant, as it will help to recharge the depleted level of underground water during monsoon and the recharged well or borewell can provide pure water for the entire year till next monsoon hits the city.

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