Rainwater harvesting projects in Jalandhar to check groundwater depletion

Rainwater harvesting projects in Jalandhar to check groundwater depletion

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Jalandhar, August 16

To prevent wastage of water and replenish the groundwater source, the administration will construct 15 rooftop rainwater harvesting systems in various blocks of the district during the financial year.

The work on three rooftop rainwater harvesting systems in Nakodar has already been accomplished and construction on other sites would start soon. These rooftop rainwater harvesting systems are being constructed under the Integrated Watershed Management Programme in convergence with the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. The entire project will cost around Rs 36 lakh.

Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori said the groundwater table had been dipping constantly in the district and all 10 blocks of the district had been declared ‘overexploited’. He said the rainwater harvesting systems would help recharge groundwater. He said the 15 systems would save 35 lakh litres of water annually.

Thori said in August, three rainwater harvesting systems were installed in Nakodar and others would be built in Lohian, Shahkot and Phillaur.

The DC said the Punjab Government was making efforts to arrest the depletion of groundwater. — TNS

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