April 6, 2015, by Pramila Krishnan
Rajendra Singh believes conservation is vital to combat future “water wars” and climate change. Image: Deccan Chronicle
Water wars“Along with the support of the villagers, I de-silted a couple of johads in Alwar. When rains filled them, people in neighbouring villages trusted my initiative and over 8,000 johads are renovated now. “Hordes of youth have returned to their villages as water filled tanks and the standard of living in hamlets rose in a big way.” He said that five rivers in this region had revived and started to flow again. Johads are simple tanks built across a slope, with a high embankment on three sides and the fourth side left open for rainwater to enter. They hold water during rains and recharge the aquifer below to ensure continuous water supply to the neighbourhood in the dry season.
“Community-based water management yields long-lasting results and is the only solution for water shortages”
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