Urban RWH | Centre for Science and Environment


A way to augment Chandigarh’s water resources

CSE has submitted a report on city wide rainwater harvesting for Chandigarh as a part of its work as Centre Of Excellence under the Ministry of Urban Development. Chandigarh does not have any surface water source and there is a steep decline in the groundwater levels in the city. The city has very few options for sourcing water, recharging the confined aquifers from where water is being tapped becomes a necessity. Every summer, newspaper reports quote residents residing on the second and third floors in the southern sectors of the city complaining about the shortage of drinking water.

Mr. Dinesh Gunawardane, Honorable Minister for Water Supply and Drainage, Sri Lanka speaking on the closing day of the workshop

Ministry of Urban Development has chosen CSE as the Centre of Excellence in the area of urban development on Sustainable Water Management. The Centre is conducting a series of training programmes on decentralized waste water treatment and rainwater harvesting.

The first training programme for the municipal engineers took place between 3rd and 7th of November 2009.

List of participants (PDF)

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Policy & Legislation


Model Projects

  • As a part of the Centre for Science and Environment's (CSE) campaign to spread awareness about community based rainwater harvesting techniques, the centre has identified twenty one model projects in Delhi. The structures have a distinctive geographical and geological characteristic. CSE has helped in the process of implementation of these and has been monitoring their impact on a regular basis.


Water Harvesters

Work Overview

CSE’s work on Urban RWH

The first step: To make households, industries, institutions, and urban mohallas, all recognise the importance and value of rainwater harvesting for their own lives.


Catch Water Where It Falls - Toolkit on Urban Rainwater Harvesting

This is a hands-on book based on exhaustive case studies on how rainwater harvesting (RWH) is being implemented, across India – in residential, institutional, and industrial/commercial segments. You will find cases that you can relate to, with all the details you would need, to implement RWH in your premises.

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The Sayla Rain centre is located in Surendra Nagar, a drought prone district of North Gujarat. Scanty and uncertain rainfall make livelihood difficult for local people including agricultural activities. Even availability of drinking water remains a major issue for people. The rain center houses information in the form of panels, working models, artificial rainfall, water quality testing laboratory. It is actually a rural knowledge resource center on rainwater harvesting and water management and provides information on how rainfall can be harvested in semi arid condition.

The fourth rain centre of Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) established in Burdwan was inaugurated by Shri Nirupam Sen, Minister-in-Charge of Industry and Commerce, Industrial Reconstruction and Planning and Development of the West Bengal Government on February 7, 2009.

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