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Alliance internationale pour la gestion de l'eau de pluie (IRHA)

Alianza internacional para la gestión del agua de lluvia (IRHA)

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Journalists for Rainwater Harvesting

The IRHA has created Journalists for Rainwater Harvesting as a platform to bring together the talents of journalists in order to raise the profile of rainwater harvesting. By reporting about rainwater harvesting in their local, regional or national area, journalists are perfectly placed for this important task.


Our Journalists for Rainwater Harvesting research and write articles – as well as produce photo documentaries and short films – about rainwater harvesting. These are then published in their local media, including local or national newspapers, magazines and newsletters, in order to raise awareness in their own countries. The IRHA also publishes the links of all the articles on this page, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.


Along with the articles that you can read here, there is also a Journalists for Rainwater Harvesting blog, where our journalists post stories about their first-hand observations of rainwater harvesting.


You can also visit the Meet our Journalists page to find out about our Journalists for Rainwater Harvesting, including why they are interested in rainwater harvesting.


We hope you enjoy the interesting, educational and captivating articles by our Journalists for Rainwater Harvesting!


Top Articles

The most recent articles published by our Journalists for Rainwater Harvesting. Click on the title to read the full article.


Digging Rainwater Pits gets Nowhere

By Vinod Nedumudy in the Deccan Chronicle

Delay in ordering the acceleration of RWH by LSG Department despite the scanty monsoon. On May 29th, LSG Department issued an order asking the local bodies to dig a total of one lakh rain pits in the state. The delay in the order landed the grama panchayats in a dilemma.


Vypeen Residents show the way in RWH

By Vinod Nedumudy in the Deccan Chronicle

Hit by drinking water scarcity, some residents of Vypeen – in the State of Kerala, India – are showing the way on how to tackle the problem in a ‘natural way': by building a borewell and simple system to filter the water to solve salinity problem.

Rainwater Harvesting Draws a Blank

By Vinod Nedumudy in the Deccan Chronicle

The state should make Rainwater Harvesting a must. Although Kerala receives an average of 3,000 mm rain per year, by the end of monsoon, several parts of the state start experiencing water shortages, especially in terms of drinking water. Kerala is getting an additional 9,000 million cubic meters of water in monsoon. Yet, there is a shortage of 7,000 million cubic meters in the summer. RWH can solve this situation.

Rain harvesting solution to drought

By Jeffrey Gogo in The Herald

The heavy rains sweeping across Zimbabwe have created and, in some cases expanded opportunities for rainwater harvesting. This is a concept still in its infancy here although critical in view of the growing water shortages across the globe. For Mrs Fatima Tamai (56), a communal farmer from Gwapedza Village, Chivi in Masvingo, a notoriously dry district receiving less than 450mm of rainfall annually, rainwater harvesting has always managed to keep hunger out of her home, even in drought periods.

Rainwater harvest units rusting in Cheranellore

By Vinod Nedumudy in the Deccan Chronicle

Rainwater harvesting may be the most hotly debated topic when the state is facing a near-drought situation. But Cheranellore panchayat in the city’s northern border is sitting idle on three rain water harvesting units that were set up more than a decade ago, with none ever having made use of them.

No water to tap into

By Marianne de Nazareth in The Hindu

Bangalore needs to wake up to the fact that digging borewells is not the solution to our water woes. After all, the aquifers we depend on are finite. Bangalore is not yet in the full blown grip of summer and already we can hear the incessant growl of the water tankers rushing about, and the mounting pressure of a shortage of fresh water in the city.

No Cauvery water, no water problems. But that was then

By Arathi Manay in Citizen Matters

About 38 years ago, way back in 1974, there was no “no water day” for Bangalore houses. Corporation water was released to houses every day. “Water timings” was also unheard of. Corporation water flowed in the taps through the day, so much so that many houses had taps connected to an overhead water storage tank only as a back-up.

Visit to Mokhada on World Water Day 2013

By Arathi Manay in arathimy

To commemorate, World Water Day on 22nd March this year, International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance (IRHA) organised rainwater harvesting awareness raising activities in a few schools in India and Nepal. Children and teachers were educated about rainwater harvesting, given information on IRHA’s Blue Schools Programme, and also had fun in the “Catch the Rain” art competition!

Record rains ease Islamabad’s water shortage

By Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio in AlertNet

Islamabad is enjoying abundant water supplies for the first time in a dozen years after record winter rainfall. But experts warn that reforestation and better water management are needed in the long term for the Pakistani capital’s growing population. Musarat Aftab is exhilarated that after years of water shortages she will no longer have to do without a piped water supply, now that the dam that supplies Islamabad is filling.

Reducing water problems: How builders can get it right

By Arathi Manay in Citizen Matters

Manicured lawns and gushing fountains amidst promises of paradise look very pretty in marketing brochures. They are also water-guzzlers. What can builders do? As another International World Water Day is observed on 22nd March, here is a list of what architects-builders can do to make their apartments and layouts reduce their water footprint. When we talk of water supply, water shortage, water conservation and everything else WATER in Bangalore homes, there are generally three subjects of focus.


All the past articles by our Journalists for Rainwater Harvesting are available here.


Photo Documentaries

Photo documentaries created by our Journalists for Rainwater Harvesting:


Islamabad’s battle for water

By Saleem Shaikh in AlertNet

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