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Urban Rainwater Harvesting Training Programmes

To improve capacities and understanding of rainwater harvesting 

Urban Rainwater Harvesting Training Programmes

Every summer, there is a big hue and cry for drinking water in our cities. Rapid urbanisation and industrialisation is leading to overexploitation and pollution of water resources. It leads to scarcity of  water. On the other hand our water demands are increasing day by day. There remain several unanswered questions.

  1. How can we augment depleting groundwater?
  2. How to ensure regular availability of water?
  3. How to minimise urban flooding? How to reduce load on municipal supply?
  4. How to create decentralized sources of water supply?

Come and get answers to your water problems through hands on workshop on urban rainwater  harvesting.

Who should attend?

Engineers from municipal corporations, PHED, PWD, architects, urban planners, policy makers, environment consultants and other government officials interested in learning theory, practice and  policies of urban rainwater harvesting.

Course content

• India’s rich traditions and current paradigms

• Understanding basics of groundwater, hydrogeology and hydrometeorology

• Planning, designing, construction process, maintenance and monitoring mechanisms; Components like filters, costing, water quality issues, treatment options, etc

• Models of rainwater harvesting from residential and institutional buildings, colonies, industries, public areas like parks, airports, forested areas, etc

• Water policy and legislation; Fiscal incentives and disincentives

• Strategies for catalysing rain harvesting; Experiences & examples


Class room lectures by experts, site visit to model rainwater harvesting projects, practical exercises and presentations by participants and reading, reference materials and film screening.

The programme will equip participants with planning and designing skills of rainwater harvesting (storage of rainwater for direct use and techniques of groundwater recharge). It also provides a unique opportunity to interact with experts in this field from different parts of the country.<

What is RWH?

Rain water harvesting is collection and storage of rain water that runs off from roof tops, parks, roads, open grounds, etc. This water run off can be either stored or recharged into the ground water. A rainwater harvesting systems consists of the following components:

  1. Catchment from where water is captured and stored or recharged,
  2. Conveyance system that carries the water harvested from the catchment to the storage/recharge zone,
  3. First flush that is used to flush out the first spell of rain,
  4. Filter used to remove pollutants,
  5. Storage tanks and/or various recharge structures.
Why do RWH?

Rain may soon be the only source of clean water. Rainwater harvesting systems use the principle of conserving rainwater where it falls and have the following benefits:
Helps meet ever increasing demand of water. Read more about Cygnus Microsystems, Hyderabad case study….
Improves quality and quantity of groundwater. Read more about Chintamani Vidyapith, Puri case study…….
Reduces flooding. Read more about Karnataka Bank branch in Kuvempu Nagar, Mysore case study………


Individual homes – Ruchi Singhal case study 
Colonies – Defence Colony case study
Apartments – Surya Vihar case study
Institutions – Ford Foundation case study
Schools/colleges/universities – Jamia Hamdard University case study
Clubs – Deccan Gymkhana club case study
Hospitals – Spinal Injury Center case study
Industries – Hero Honda case study
Slums – Naka Gate Slum, Bhubaneshwar case study
Everywhere……the potential for rainwater harvesting is huge


Setting up a rainwater harvesting is not difficult but requires some sort of understanding of hydrology and architecture and as a result most people find it too complicated to do it themselves. In order to make it simple and convenient for everyone to set up a rainwater harvesting system suitable for their needs, we have prepared a set of guidelines which will help you to set up your own rainwater harvesting system quickly and efficiently. Click here to learn more.

General Instructions

Rs 8000/- for two and a half days
Training fee include CSE course material, site visits, lunch tea/ coffee, snacks during the training program. Please note this does not include accomodation.

For Information Contact

Dr. Suresh Kumar Rohilla
Programme Director
Water Programme
Email: srohilla@cseindia.org
Ph no: +91-11-4061000/286

Dr. Uday Bhonde
Water Programme
Deputy Programme Manager
Email: uday@cseindia.org
Ph no: +91-11-4061000/257

Dr. Mahreen Matto
Senior Research Associate
Water Programme
Email: mahreen@cseindia.org
Ph no: +91-11-4061000/257

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