Water harvesting a lifeline for Chennai

Women distributing water at a wholesale flower market during the Durga Puja festival in Chennai last week. Chennai, a coastal city in Tamil Nadu state, is situated on India's south-eastern coastline but it is not near any significant freshwater sourc
Women distributing water at a wholesale flower market during the Durga Puja festival in Chennai last week. Chennai, a coastal city in Tamil Nadu state, is situated on India's south-eastern coastline but it is not near any significant freshwater source. Water is mainly supplied to the city through two desalination plants and four reservoirs, and augmented by water from minor and major rivers.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Without it, Tamil Nadu capital's water crisis would have been even more acute: Experts

Engineer Ram Shankar installed rainwater collecting structures at his Chennai home almost two decades ago.

"My well had almost dried up and there was a lot of iron content in the well water at the time," recalled the 49-year-old, who began harvesting water before a government directive made it mandatory in 2003.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 22, 2018, with the headline 'Water harvesting a lifeline for Chennai'. Print Edition | Subscribe