The surging demand for innovative methods and systems that would recharge aquifers and would, thus, stave off the threat of depleting groundwater reserves,
led to the formation of KRG Rainwater Harvesting Foundation in Chennai, India.
Today, ‘Conserve Rainwater’, an oft-repeated, national slogan, is manifested in
action through the Foundation, a pioneer in the field of water harvesting and management in India.
Led by a group of professionals in the fields of Geology, Hydrogeology and Engineering, the Foundation has introduced state-of-the-art water-harvesting
systems and Artificial Recharge Structures to water-starving regions of India – with notable success.
The use of the latest technical know-how is just one salient feature of the Foundation, though. Right from the onset, the focus has been as much on working in harmony with the environment as with employing cutting-edge technology. The Foundation has always followed eco-friendly methods for harvesting water and has gone the extra mile to ensure that it does not degrade the environment. In short, the emphasis has always been on sustainable development… on treating nature with care while enhancing the quantity and quality of groundwater. That has been the Foundation’s main service to communities with whom it has shared its expertise and time.
The Foundation has been at the job for over 19 years. The vast experience has helped it register several success stories in India in its efforts to lessen urban water problems.
The Foundation’s key strategies have been to…
- Create awareness
- Carry out feasibility studies
- Implement Rainwater Harvesting projects, including
construction of site-specific artificial-recharge structures.
The Foundation has practically proved through numerous case studies
that Rainwater Harvesting is the best tool for solving the existing water crisis,
especially in cities.
To underline the efficacy of Rainwater Harvesting and to take the
message to the people, the Foundation has repeatedly conducted awareness-creating programmes. In this exercise, it has enjoyed the
leadership of its Founder and Chairman, Mr. K.R. Gopinath.
The awareness-creating presentations by Mr. K.R. Gopinath in workshops
and seminars on Rainwater Harvesting and Artificial Recharge Structures,
have spread the importance of Rainwater Harvesting to all corners of India.
The audiences have included leading institutions like UNICEF, ADB, Indian Space Research Organization, Confederation of Indian Industries,
Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Central
Groundwater Board, Indian Railways, and the governments of Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. It is interesting to note that
in the case of the various state governments, bureaucrats have reacted to the presentations with alacrity, which has resulted in timely state ordinances to
check groundwater exploitation and to make Rainwater Harvesting
mandatory. In short, the presentations by Mr. K.R. Gopinath have induced watershed management all over the country.
In addition, the Foundation has to its credit the achievement of
introducing Rainwater Harvesting in factories and many leading industries, including multinational companies like Coca-Cola, five-star hotels,
residential complexes and individual houses in cities. The scale of most
of the projects has been large. As a result, they have contributed to a
great extent to the alleviation of water scarcity in urban areas in I
ndian states – in Tamil Nadu, in particular.
Perhaps the most significant achievement of the Foundation is the
technical feasibility studies it has executed in 47 municipalities in India.
The studies, conducted with the aim of devising water harvesting and management programmes, have established the Foundation as a
highly placed source of innovative technical principles as far as rectifying problems related to urban water sustainability is concerned, in parts or
as a whole.
The Foundation is confident that it can play an essential role in the
elimination of drinking water scarcity in any part of the world by introducing site-specific Rainwater Harvesting structures and techniques.