Mahendra Singh Zala, resident in Rajkot, Gujarat, for the last 10 years Rainwater collection they are doing. However, Mahendra Singh cannot see properly. Due to an incident in 1992, Mahendra Singh lost 90 percent of his vision. While playing a game of volleyball, the ball hit him in the eyes and the retina came off completely and then he had six operations on his eyes one after the other.
But after this incident, his sight decreased by 90%. The best India Speaking to Ms Mahendra Singh she says: “Perhaps it was written in my destiny that I should work with my 10 per cent vision.”
Mahendra Singh, 60, is a former ITI employee. He has had a new purpose in his life since the last few years. For almost 10 years he has been investing his time and energy in saving rainwater. Mahendra Singh lives in the Kothariya colony of Rajkot.
He has installed seven tanks on the floor, first and second floor of his house. In these tanks, it collects rainwater and uses the water stored in the home. His brother Gajendra Singh, son Yashraj Singh and nephew Harshdeep Singh also help him in this work.
Rainwater harvesting This process is quite easy
The process of storing water in tanks is quite simple. Once the tank on the second floor terrace is filled with 3,000 liters of water, the overflowing water flows through pipes up to two 1,000 liter tanks on the first floor roof. From here, excess water is diverted to a 2,000-liter tank on the ground floor.
There is another tank in the parking area, which can hold 1,000 liters of water. For the water flowing through this tank, two filters have been installed, which filter the water and ensure that the water remains clean, pure and usable. From there, the excess water is dumped into two ground-level warehouses, a 3,000-liter tank and a 250-foot-deep hole.
Jala says that through this system, he saves a total of 1 lakh of liters of water every year, which is used all year round. All household chores are done with this saved water. For example, the amount of water they get from an hour of rain can do all household chores for three days.
Mahendra’s daughter-in-law, Asha, says, “Water is used for things like washing clothes and utensils, bathing, watering plants. Where water is needed in the house, we use that water.” Asha says that even if there is no rain, household chores can be done for about 20 days with the remaining water.
,You can save money by opening an accountSo why is there no water?
Asha explains that the motor is not used to fill water, so it also saves electricity. Jala was a mechanical engineer by profession, so he had this idea. Rainwater collection The particularities of the project were well known. He says, “I had an idea about the level of the tank, the capacity, how the water moves from one place to another, where the force comes from and I see that the water is stored in the maximum amount. And I used all that knowledge here. ”
Jala had closely observed the water shortage and it was from here that he got the inspiration for his project. He says that if we do not save water today, then the next generation will have to drink tears instead of water and we will be responsible for that. Mahendra Singh asks an important question that, “If we can open an account and save money, can’t we save water for our children?”
Although Jala still lives in a rental house, 25,000 rupees has been spent to assemble the project. Seeing his efforts, in 2021, the Jal Shakti Department (Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation) awarded him the title of “Water Hero” and 10,000 rupees as a reward. “With that money, I will install more tanks and save more water,” he says.
How much does it cost?
Jala believes it Rainwater collection There is something everyone should do. Speaking in detail, he says: “When it rains, 22 liters of water fall per meter. We assume that the house is 100 meters long, so when it rains and you don’t do anything, 2,200 liters of water are wasted and no one else is responsible except the owner of the house. “
According to Jala, through water collection we can help reduce the water crisis in the world, other than that, it does not cost much to start it. Mahendra Singh says, “I have a two-story house, so I have to work harder. But if you have a single bedroom, living room-kitchen (BHK), it can cost you 6,000 rupees.
Mahendra Singh’s family is very proud of her work. Many people from all over the colony and the city come to ask about their work and process. Asha explains, “Many people ask about the water collection process and want to understand how and why it is done. About five people have also adopted this procedure.”
In the end, Mahendra Singh says, “I only have 10 per cent light in my eyes and I can do it, so you are all healthy, you have to adopt it.”
Original article: Aarushi Agarwal
Editing: Archana Dubey
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