Rainbow’s Rainwater Club

Revathi Siva Kumar writes in this article of Citizen Matters, about how the residents of a colony in Bangalore have come together to deal with water scarcity in their area.

Rainbow Drive, an apartment complex of around 200 houses, was facing an impending acute crisis of water. All the borewells in this area were almost used up and there was no water connection provided by Bangalore’s municipal authority, the BWSSB. The residents then decided to do something innovative on their own and deal with this crisis.


The transformation began with the Rainwater Club (RWC) meeting people at the Rainbow Drive in March 2008. RWC is a group of dedicated individuals catalysing the rainwater harvesting movement in Bangalore. They work as solution providers for rainwater storage and supply in homes and layouts.

For each of the 20 houses at Rainbow Drive, custom rainwater harvesting solutions – involving rooftop harvesting, private recharge wells, collection into sumps, and rain barrels for utility water storage – have been implemented, depending on the preferences of owners.

Once Rainbow Drive began the process, the implementation, with the help of the Rainwater Club, took place at two levels. One was to tap storm water and run-off from parks, drains and other open spaces and direct the water into open wells to recharge groundwater. Secondly, was trying to get individual houses to implement these projects. They motivated 20 to 25 houses to execute such projects.

Read the complete article here to learn more about how the team of residents went about convincing others and then implemented the entire solution in a phased manner. Very inspiring indeed, and it clearly demonstrates the fact that a community, when it comes together, can do wonderful things to make everyones’ lives better!

Credit: Tip provided by Faiq Gazdhar.

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