Current scenario of water availability in Bangalore seems to be grim with ground water almost over and tanker mafia twisting our arms. Last year’s indication of dry weather prompted our apartment to find out an easy way of collecting rainwater as a proper rainwater harvesting system was not made initially.
Zephyr Block of Suncity Apartments, Ibblur, thought of using the flat roofs of the building to collect rainwater. Roof rainwater pipes were attached to a main big pipe and then to a small tank.
The initial water collected in the small tank and after a while the clean water starts going into the main underground tank. This takes care of the initial dirt and pollution coming down with the rains.
This system was made last year after the rains, so it did not give much results. On this year’s first thunder storm on 2nd June, it rained very heavily and the water collected was about four tankers worth of clean soft water. Using that water for washing bathing was a wish granted after a long time as the water we currently use is very hard.
If a night of rains could do that what would the entire rainy season give. It can give us water self-sufficiency for at least some months. Kudos to the team of Zephyr block who worked hard to get this system working. Every building in the city can use their roofs for some type of rain water harvesting and Zephyr people have shown the way.