Mumbai is short of 800 MLD of drinking water. Due to various factors like global warming, climate change, population increase and construction activity etc, the supply of water in Mumbai is not likely to catch up with the fast rising demand. Consequently, the demand/ supply gap is going to increase. Therefore, water conservation and its augmentation are absolutely essential.

Our ground water level is fast depleting giving way for sea water to ingress, causing ‘Salt Attack’ and thus spoiling our future as well. Rain Water Harvesting (RWH) is the most practical, comparatively low-cost and high- yield method of water conservation and augmentation. Even ˝ the Mumbai societies doing RWH can take care of the water shortage in the city.

Even if you are presently comfortable with water supply, you may not have enough water tomorrow. Also , we believe that nobody should have any right to spend 40% of the drinking water supply for non-drinking purposes like W.C, car washing, gardening etc, when a majority of the people in Mumbai do not have enough water to drink. Instead, Install the RWH system and spend the bore-well water for non-potable purposes and release that much drinking water to other needy people. However, bore-wells should be dug only if the rain water is harvested and charged into the ground water.

UPRA ‘Jago Mumbai’ along with their water-management friends are presently (1) attending and persuing 200 potential cases of RWH in Maharashtra and (2) conducting house-to-house water audit in Union Park.




We faced severe shortage of water for a long time.

Even though there was enough water for necessary activities, other places like garden, effective cleaning suffered.

After Mr. Navin Chandra explained, how simple the entire process of rain water harvesting was, our entire building members agreed to implement the plan.

Initialy we weren't sure of the Borewell water quality since we were opposite the sea side.

But the quality of water was also thankfully very good.

We harvest water from our open terraces & collect it. In a separate sintex overhead tank. Initially the expence incurred was a pinch but 3 years down, Today we are all happy to be environment friendly.

All our flush tanks, garden & other cleaning activity we use Rain Harvested Water.

Our Experience is indeed been a very Happy, & fulfilling one.

Hemant Sonar

Secretary, Seahill CHS Ltd.

Sea Hill Society had been facing shortage of drinking water for a long time and we had to take about 20 water tankers per month at high cost and health risk.

Thanks to UPRA's "Jago Mumbai' persuasion we installed the Rain Water Harvesting system in 2010 at the cost of Rs 6.5 lakh approx.

We are very happy at the substantial resultant benefits we have derived in the last 3 years ;

There is 24/7 water supply in the Society

The tankers- supply costing Rs 20,000/month was stopped.

The quality of water improved

Saving of the precious drinking water from BMC by using bore-well water for non-drinking purposes

Our total monetary savings in the last 3 years are estimated at over Rs 7.5 lakh which means that our our investment has already been paid back.