Arghyam, in association with the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB), held a Rainwater Harvesting Mela on Saturday at Bal Bhavan, Cubbon Park, to mark World Water Day 2010.

The mela, which was organised with an aim to address various queries on rainwater harvesting, was inaugurated by BWSSB Chairman P.B. Ramamurthy and founder and chairperson of Arghyam Rohini Nilekani.

There were different stalls and information desks on rainwater harvesting systems at the mela. Several stalls were set up by rainwater harvesting service providers in the city so that the public could get their doubts cleared, get an estimate and other factors to implement rainwater harvesting in their buildings, keeping in mind the new regulations from the BWSSB.

With increasing water concerns, one of the most feasible methods for water conservation is rainwater harvesting. BWSSB regulations have made rainwater harvesting mandatory for new buildings on sites measuring 1,200 sq.ft. and above, and on existing sites of 2,400 sq.ft. and above. The new regulations will come into effect from May 27. BWSSB officials were also present to provide information about rainwater harvesting and its regulations.

Ms. Nilekani said, “Bangalore should take lessons from Chennai's success story with respect to successful rejuvenation of groundwater table through rainwater harvesting.”

For more details about rainwater harvesting, contact the BWSSB helpdesk on Ph: 23341652, 23348848, 23348849; Arghyam on Ph: 41698941, or visit www.waterday.in

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