Imagine waking up to a day where there is no water! Sounds scary right? Unfortunately, we are
slowing walking towards that stage of no or extremely limited water resources. Knowingly or
unknowingly, each activity of ours is contributing to this every day.
Be it agriculture, industries, construction or household, water is an integral part of all. The
increase in population resulted in the enlargement of city boundaries which either blocked or
shrunk water resources. The huge dependence on groundwater is gradually shrinking them too.
The time to act is now because we still have some water resources left to be protected or
managed. Where do we start though?
Being responsible in whatever we do is one way of going forward. Coming up with sustainable
alternatives is a possibility that we believe in. Organo as a company involved in co-creating eco-
habitats, we conduct extensive study and research to understand the land terrain, water
resources and ways that can protect and replenish water bodies before any development. Be it
in our existing communities or our new initiatives, our efforts are focused on sustainable living.
From our studies, we have understood that India being an agrarian country, most of the farmers
depend on groundwater sources for irrigation. Almost 80% of freshwater water consumed in
India is used for agriculture. However, diminishing groundwater tables are forcing the farmers to
dig deeper bore wells which results in further depletion owing to the imbalance in groundwater
recharge and usage level.
The intervention of government bodies in water-scarce regions in India banned deep drilling
because drilling beyond 1000ft would also lead to unnecessary piezometric pressure. Especially
for terrain like Hyderabad, the practice of digging deep into the earth for groundwater will have a
huge impact on the environment and its symmetry. Moreover, the trend to drill further each year
has invited criticism from the groundwater department officials.
Since we all agree that the time to act is now, the right question is what should we do? As we
mentioned earlier, being mindful is the first thing. Keeping this ideology in mind, we focus on
various ways to harvest and protect all water sources in and around our communities. How do
we do this?
Handling problems at micro levels would ultimately result as solutions at the macro-level is what
we have learned from our past experiences. The micro solutions that we implemented at our
community for conserving water resources include:
● Rainwater recharge wells
● Retaining the natural streams to join the rivers by not hampering at the site of the
● Managing surface runoff
● Drip irrigation for cultivation
● Cultivating crops based on water intensity
● Contour trenching to reduce erosion and runoff
● Usage of less water by replacing restroom fixtures
● Avoiding usage of single-use plastics
Solutions that last long from extensive study and analysis is our war way of looking at
conserving water and the biodiversity at large. As a responsible society, we shall focus more on
afforestation to help water penetrate into soil and replenish water basin. Development in each
sphere should be planned around sustainability to retain resources for generations to thrive.