Water Conservation is a core area of the DS Group’s CSR programmes. Collective and continuous effort is required to address the shortage of water and we are committed to improving water security in areas that have been identified as critical in water shortage. Water scarcity affects the lives of people, farmers and communities at the basic level and this project aims to alleviate this by ensuring long sustainable solutions.
Water Conservation initiative in Deepawas Gram Panchayat, Rajasthan
The state of Rajasthan in India gets limited rainfall and has often faced droughts due to scarcity of water. The DS Group supports local communities in Sikar district to construct water conservation structures such as check dams to facilitate rainwater harvesting, recharge ground water and develop alternate sources for irrigation and other needs. These structures are managed by village Users Committees (UC), which are formed by villagers to ensure proper maintenance and use of the water structure. This initiative was started in 2013 and 16 check dams have been constructed in Deepawas Panchayat.
Improving Water Security: Bundelkhand
Bundelkhand region also faces acute scarcity of water. The impact has been aggravated due to neglect of traditional water conservation systems and practices. The DS Group initiated a program to revive existing water bodies such as community ponds to recharge ground water and availability of water all year round and also facilitated construction of new farm ponds for irrigation.
Four community ponds in Mahoba district of Bundelkhand (Uttar Pradesh) were adopted for removal of accumulated silt and up gradation. This has led to collection of additional 77,000 cbm rainwater in three villages. The farmers were also facilitated to build farm ponds on their land for irrigation by educating them of subsidies and help them in getting the funding that are provided by local governments for this purpose. A part of the project is focused on identifying needy and interested farmers and organizing awareness campaigns to enable them to benefit from the scheme; while also assisting them by constructing farm ponds. Till date nearly 52 ponds have already constructed with a combined capacity of 90000 cbm of water. Additionally, 550 farmers have been mobilized to benefit from the scheme.