India, conserving rainwater in subsurface soil to fight water scarcity
India, conserving rainwater in subsurface soil to fight water scarcity.
Indigenous communities in India’s Rayagada district mitigate the challenges of water scarcity by storing rainwater in subsurface soil.
A cheap and concrete solution to a global problem.
Rainwater in subsurface soil “The success and impact of this project on basin ecosystems are still in doubt.
1,869 km3 of water flows through rivers whilst most of the rest for evaporates according to WRIS data.
The villagers explain the impact this has had on their agricultural activities: “It’s been a year since we did this.
But it’s early summer and I’m now growing tomato and vegetables,” says Majibani Praska of Chichimi village, “some even cultivate rice now”.
Another woman farmer, Almati Praska, says “production has also increased by 50-100 per cent”.
“By 2025, two-thirds of the world’s population may face water shortages.
At such a crucial moment, the intuition of conserving rainwater in subsurface soil bears enormous hope for humanity and the world to escape the dangers of water scarcity.