This Mumbaikar Is On A Mission To Spread Awareness About Rainwater Harvesting Among Children

Subhajit Mukherjee works on rainwater harvesting demonstrations in schools to teach kids practically the importance of the same.

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India is a country of contradictions, on one hand, it rains abundantly in Mumbai and on the other hand places like Chennai face the drought-like situation. The underlying message has always been that nature has enough for man's needs but it is up to us on how we preserve it. 

Mumbai experiences flood-like situation every year but we never really know how to utilise the water effectively and therefore the water goes down the drain. Looking at the amount of water that is being wasted, Subhajit Mukherjee a resident of Malad took it upon himself to educate kids about the importance of rainwater harvesting. What better place than demonstrating it than a school itself?

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It's important for us to explain the importance of water conservation to kids in their growing years as they're going to build the future generations. With this view in mind, I started my Mission Green where we plant trees and demonstrate water harvesting in schools.  -Subhajit Mukherjee 

The concept is very simple as it channels water that falls onto the terrace into a pit underground to conserve and revive groundwater. The process starts with the digging of a 10x10 feet pit, which is covered with a drum which has holes around it to accumulate rainwater. Further, the drum is connected to the terrace using PVC pipes. As soon as the rainwater starts seeping into the ground, the groundwater table is recharged.

The above process can save up to thousands of litres of water which can later be used for non-drinking purposes. The entire setup costs approximately ₹2500- ₹10,000 and takes about 2 hours depending upon the labour present. 

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Subhajit has covered 34 schools in Mumbai and is aiming further to cover over 100 schools. Notably, Subhajit was previously known for starting his campaign 'Each one, Plant one' where he planted over 54,000 trees. 

Check out Subhajit demonstrating rainwater harvesting in a school- rainwater harvesting


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