Art of Living mitigates water scarcity in Chikmagalur village, India

Posted on: Wednesday, July 11, 2012

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MANGALORE: Thanks to the water conservation project initiated by the Art of Living, the villagers of Lakshmipura, about seven kms from Chikmagalur town in Chikmagalur District, will not face water scarcity and drought during summers.

Their problem came to the fore when Art of Living volunteers organized its Rural Part I programme in December 2011, for the villagers to bring about social transformation and inculcate a harmonious bonding within the community. While interacting with the villagers, the problem of drinking water cropped up frequently.

Nagraj Gangolli, Art of Living Teacher and Project Coordinator said: A thick white layer of fluoride was often seen in the water, making it unfit for drinking. Despite being a rain-fed area, the groundwater table had declined from 160 feet to an incredibly low 400 feet.

Art of Living then in collaboration with Lifeline Feeds India Pvt. Ltd responded to the severity of the problem and a long-term, sustainable solution for the crisis began.

Twenty wells were dug in the vicinity of the households where waste water was filtered through soak pits and collected. This in turn began to raise the water table in the region.

Two artificial lakes were also built in the surroundings. One collects run-off rain water from the hillsides and the other harvests rain water after filtration. Tree plantation has also been mobilized in the area.

Gangolli further shares that the village will have access to water for more than two years once the lakes are full. We have attended to the crisis with a simple and effective water solution which can be a model for other villages facing similar situations,'' he observes.

This unique 'Water Conservation Programme' at Lakshmipura village will be inaugurated on Friday in the presence of CT Ravi, MLA,Chikmagalur, Suchita Narayana, Zilla Panchayat President among others.

Source: The times of India