Water is a quintessential natural resource which is the very essence of our body and our life. We use water for drinking, irrigation, manufacturing processes, transportation, production of electricity via hydroelectricity plants, cleaning, etc. Despite its short term re-usability, water is not a long term renewable resource. In the next few centuries, it is calculated that there will be a severe lack of drinking water, which has already been observed in some places like South Africa’s Cape Town, which suffered from extreme drought and the government had to set daily water allowance for people. Although there is the same amount of water on the earth today as there were 1000s of years ago, only about 3 percent of this water is usable, and that amount is also decreasing as time passes due to increase in levels of water contamination. So, what is the best way one can go about conserving water? Well, the best way to conserve water is its judicious and careful use.
Rainwater harvesting is one of the key things that people overlook when it comes to conserving water, and it is even more daunting in today’s world where water is considered with utmost importance. Rainwater harvesting and rainwater collection are prevalent at all levels and all sectors of the Indian society which includes both urban and rural areas where people collect rainwater in tanks such as drinking water storage tanks or other types of water storage solutions. Chennai is one of the few cities that mandated the installation of rainwater harvesting systems in all its households back in 2001. Now Chennai has more than half a million rainwater harvesting systems and leads the global chart for the maximum installations per city. Chennai is ahead of other major cities like Bengaluru, Delhi, and Mumbai in this aspect.
Despite the collective efforts from Government and concerned individuals, rainwater harvesting still hasn’t flourished to expected levels in India, and that is an alarming issue as some major states like Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Gujarat, and Rajasthan are considered drought-prone.
There is an urgent demand for immediate water conservation across the country, and rainwater harvesting is one of the few ways to save water at a low cost, minimal tech, and minimal maintenance, and is also one of the few solutions that is appealing to a larger section of the urban and rural populations, especially in a country like India where the exploding population and the erratic nature of the annual rainfall has made rainwater collection an urgent necessity.
The rainwater harvesting market is now focused on groundwater recharge and its use in replenishing groundwater resources. Through this process, accumulated or reclaimed rainwater is routed to the subsurface through recharge pits, trenches, tube-wells, etc, making rainwater move downward from the ground level to groundwater reserves to replenish them for future use. But still, rainwater storage is one of the most convenient solutions for collecting rainwater in water storage systems. Large water tanks are one of the more popular choices which people use to store rainwater for numerous reasons. Sheetal Tanks is the country’s leading water tank manufacturer that makes the best water storage tanks and drinking water storage tanks which are well-designed, have an excellent finish, have a sturdy construction, and offer protection from algae that make their tanks the fit for Rainwater storage.