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"Those who know the value of water call its as jeevjal. It is one of the bases of life.
You can live for more than a month without food; but can not sustain even for more than ten days without water. Unfortunately, we do not realise the importance of this natural resource.
It is being wasted everywhere-in houses, public places, gardens and industries. If somebody were asked to point fingers at the major reason for the Water crisis, the finger would turn to each one of
us. The root of the problem lies with each one of us disowning our responsibilities towards water", writes Shree Padre in his book Rain Water Harvesting.
The book is not about sermonizing. Rain water harvesting may be a relatively new terminology, but the
vidya has been around for centuries, says Padre. It essentially means that instead of
allowing the rain to run away (also called run-off), it may be checked and stored for
future use. The book contains meticulously researched material - the 15 'Success Stories' of water harvesting make easy and informative reading. The book also contains a list of the sources of information
and this will certainly be of use to readers. Padre wrote five books on RWH in Kannada before writing this one in English. He has also been involved in the campaign to ban Endosulfan in Kerala.
Rain Water Harvesting, Shree Padre, Altermedia, p.119, Rs. 110. Also available online at