Pune: While most residential societies are facing water shortage after the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) cut water supply to once a day, there are some societies in the city which are still getting ample water, all thanks to rainwater harvesting.
According to the residents of such societies, even in the acute water shortage scenario, they do not have to be dependent on water tankers. The activists in this field have urged other societies to follow rainwater harvesting which can solve their water supply problems in the future.
Even in the first week of July, the sky in Pune is still clear and there are no signs of rain. As all the four dams, Khadakwasala, Panshet, Warasgaon and Temghar have very little water, Pune Municipal Corporation has decided to cut water supply. From June 28, civic administration has started supplying water only once a day due to which citizens from many parts of the city are facing water shortage.
However, some have water supply for nearly 24 hours a day. Archiebelle society on Apte road was facing water shortage till last year and particularly during summers, they had to be dependent on water tankers, but ever since they implemented a rainwater harvesting project in their society they are getting enough water even during water crisis situation.
Bhaskar Bhatlekar, one of the residents of Archiebelle society told dna, "We have 19 members staying in the society and earlier when we had not gone for rainwater harvesting, we used to call for a water tanker once in two days. In the year 2012, when there was very less rain, we decided to go for rainwater harvesting. We completed the water harvesting last year since then we have not faced any water crisis."
"Even now when water cuts have been imposed by the civic administration, we are not facing any water shortage as there is lot of water available for us through rainwater harvesting. We have not called a single water tanker so far this year," Bhatlekar added.
This is not the only society which is not troubled during the water crisis situation, but there are other societies also which are not solely dependent on PMC for water supply. Rajmahal housing society on the Law college road is also one such society which is enjoying the continuous water supply till date. Prasad Patankar, chairman of the society said, " Since we have implemented Rainwater harvesting project in our society, we do not have to relay on PMC for water supply. We are managing our own water supply and we are not facing any shortage."