I am Rameez Patel, a science graduate. I want to take you to my village Tumpur located in Karnataka state of India. It is a remote village surrounded by barren hills with almost 9000 population. Our village is facing acute water crisis. Our village is fully depended on wells and bore wells and there is no river or canal nearby. Wells and bore wells go up to 800 feet in search of ground water. There is immense shortage of water for drinking and agriculture as well. People in Tumpur are farmers but cultivation is only possible in rainy season.
Hence, our team came up with an idea of rain water harvesting. On average 400 mm rain falls in entire year and after research we found rain water harvesting a viable project. We contacted government for help but neither government nor any authorities helped us.
Our project involves making embankment in hilly area so that the rain water will get infiltrated in the ground thus recharging the aquifer. The ground water level will rise. This ground water can be used for cultivation of fruits and vegetables for the entire year. We have also planned for the construction of two reservoirs. The excess rain water will be stored in these reservoirs and the water will be used for domestic purpose. We have to purchase the land for two reservoir which will cost around rupees 3 million (45,000$ ). Forestation will be on the hill and in village also. Total cost of the project is 4.7 million Indian rupee ( 68,000$ ). Also we need to complete this project before this monsoon season ends otherwise we have to wait for one more year.
After few years of successful rain water harvesting project, our village will prosper, migration from village will reduce and more importantly people of my village will drink safe water and live happily. We have raised rupees 900,000 (12,950$ ) from contribution but we still required 3.8 million rupees about 55,000$. So, we kindly request you to please fund us because ‘’ When the well’s dry, we know the worth of water’’-Benjamin Franklin.
Our team member
Mr. Rajesh Kumar, ex-statesmen
Mr. Sameer Patel, PWD Department
Mrs. Gita Khanna, Social servant
Mr. Kallapa Bhima, ex-serviceman
Mr. Rameez Patel, Social serant
Several volunteers and Tumpur villagers .