23 Mar '15, 7pm

India’s “Water Gandhi” harvests rainwater to transform dust bowls into lush agricultural areas

By using an ancient method of rainwater harvesting, Rajendra Singh is bringing about massive change to drought-stricken areas of India. 30 years ago, Singh visited Rajasthan —one of the most poverty-striken regions in the country—with the hope of establishing some health clinics there. Upon his arrival, the villagers made it known that water was of far greater urgency, as their wells had dried up, and their crops were dying. So, Singh taught the people there how to build johads , which are traditional earthen dams that can catch the annual monsoon rains. Since his arrival, over 8,500 dams have been built, and they now collect water for over a thousand villages in Rajasthan. Last week, Singh received the 2015 Stockholm Water Prize , which is also referred to as “the Nobel Prize for water”, in honor of the incredible work he has done.

Full article: http://inhabitat.com/indias-water-gandhi-harvests-rainwat...

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