Institute for Social and Economic Change

Working Paper: 302

Rainwater Harvesting Initiative in Bangalore City: Problems and prospects

K S Umamani
S Manasi


The challenges of urbanization pose immense infrastructure pressures. Bangalore’s urban woes are getting critical, hence Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board has made Rain Water Harvesting (RWH) mandatory based on the Bangalore Rainwater Harvesting Regulations, 2009, a positive imitative towards water conservation. Our study aimed to explore the adoption and implementation of RWH and results revealed need for further strengthening in the implementation processes. Survey of 200 households indicates that 94 per cent of the households adopted RWH out of compulsion. 81 did not follow proper technical procedures. Awareness levels regarding cost aspects were poor leading to exploited by plumbers and there was need for more people-friendly support services.

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