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Rainwater Harvesting Mela on Saturday, March 20, 2010 at Cubbon Park

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20 Mar 2010 10:00
Asia/Calcutta
Water

To mark World Water Day this year, a "Rainwater Harvesting Mela" is being organized at Jawahar Bal Bhavan, Cubbon Park on Saturday, March 20, 2010, from 10:00 am to 5 p.m. There will be stalls set up by BWSSB and several rainwater harvesting service providers. You can use this opportunity to clarify the procedures of the new Amendment, and meet the rainwater harvesting service providers, consultants and plumbers. They would be in a position to explain how you could implement rainwater harvesting for your house or building and give you an idea of the cost. We are also expecting some more organisations involved with water management like Central Groundwater Board to have their stalls at the event.

BWSSB is also organising an 'open house' at the nearby Cubbon Park Wastewater treatment plant as part of the event. Citizens can get a tour of the plant to see how the wastewater in the city is made available for reuse, by using advanced treatment technologies.

Schedule:

10:00am - 11:00 am : Inaguration of event by Chairman, BWSSB
11:00am - 5:00pm : Stalls by rainwater harvesters, BWSSB and others; Open house visits to the Cubbon Park Wastewater Plant at regular intervals; signup at the BWSSB stall.

There is no entry fee for the event, there is an entry fee to Bal Bhavan of Rs. 5/-. The stalls will be set up at the back of the park, near the boating area.

This event is jointly hosted by the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB), Bangalore Jalamandali Abhiyantara Sangha, Arghyam and Karnataka State Council for Science and Technology.

You are cordially invited to attend this event. Please use this opportunity to interact with the rainwater harvesting experts and have all your queries answered.

For further queries, contact:
BWSSB Manjunath: 9845444015; BWSSB Helpdesk for Rainwater harvesting: 23341652 / 23348848 / 23348849,
Arghyam: 41698941

For extensive information and resources on rainwater harvesting in Bengaluru, please visit the website: http://www.waterday.in/rainwaterharvesting

Sincerely, Sunita Nadhamuni, CEO, Arghyam

Background:
The newly amended Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Act, 2009 stipulate that a large number of existing and new buildings in Bengaluru need to implement rainwater harvesting by May 27th, 2010.

The Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Amendment Act, dated August 25, 2009 states "Within nine months from the date of commencement of the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage (Amendment) Act, 2009, every owner or occupier of a building having a site area of 2400 square feet and above, or every owner who proposes to construct a building on a site area of 1200 square feet and above, shall provide for rainwater harvesting structure ..."

We forsee a huge demand for rainwater harvesting structures; however, it is vital that the rainwater harvesting structures are of good quality and comply with all the rules and regulations. The Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) has trained hundreds of plumbers to meet this demand. Also, several independent rainwater harvesting implementers have also commenced operations in the city.
 

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