Rainwater harvesting – need, relevance, and importance of groundwater recharge in urban areas with particular reference to coastal cities

Most of the localities in a large number of cities and towns in India do not have piped water supply and hence there is a heavy dependence on groundwater both at the macro and micro levels. This will have to be sustained only by GWR and therefore GWR is popular and widespread in a few states in India if not the entire country. This is probably not true in most of the developed countries, where piped water supply by the Municipal authorities is well organized. It is also true that in such countries there is also a ban on individual residents tapping their groundwater at the micro level. In India there is no such ban and hence it is the responsibility of the resident to sustain the source within one’s premises through GWR.

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