Catch the Rain

National Water Mission’s (NWM) campaign “Catch The Rain” with the tagline “Catch the rain, where it falls, when it falls” is to nudge the states and stake-holders to create appropriate Rain Water Harvesting Structures (RWHS) suitable to the climatic conditions and sub-soil strata before monsoon.

Under this campaign, drives to make check dams, water harvesting pits, rooftop RWHS etc; removal of encroachments and de-silting of tanks to increase their storage capacity; removal of obstructions in the channels which bring water to them from the catchment areas etc; repairs to step-wells and using defunct bore-wells and unused wells to put water back to aquifers etc are to be taken up with the active participation of people.

To facilitate these activities, states have been requested to open “Rain Centers” in each district-- in Collectorates/Municipalities or GP offices. During this period, these Rain Centres will have a dedicated mobile phone number and will be manned by an engineer or a person well trained in RWHS. This centre act as a technical guidance centre to all in the district as to how to catch the rain, as it falls, where it falls.

Efforts should be made so that all buildings in the district should have rooftop RWHS and that maximum quantity of rain water falling in any compound should be impounded within the compound itself. The basic aim should be that No or only limited will water to flow out of the compound. This will help in improving soil moisture and rasing ground water table. In urban areas it will reduce water gushing onto roads, damaging them and will prevent urban flooding.

Under the “Catch The Rain” initiative, all water bodies in the districts are to be enumerated, (checked with revenue records) and encroachments to be removed.

All District Collectors, heads of institutions like IIMs, IITs, Central Universities, Private Universities, Chairmen of Railways, Air Port Authority, PSUs; DGs of Central Armed Police Force etc having large tracts of lands with them have been requested to take steps to “Catch the Rain”.

Information on the works being done under the “Catch The Rain campaign” may be sent to catchtherain[dot]nwm[at]gmail[dot]com / md[dot]nwm[at]gov[dot]in for compilation and sharing.

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Workshop on “Catch the Rain: Rain Water Harvesting and Artificial Recharge Structures for Water Conservation” on 13th March 2020

S. No. Workshop Venue Details Photographs
1 Delhi Proceedings Photos

Webinars on Catch the Rain

S. No. Topic Date Video Attachment File
1 Infrastructure Preparedness and Awareness Generation 08 July 2020 FAQs
2 Groundwater Recharge and Aquifer Management 15 July 2020 Click here FAQs
3 3Rs of Water Conservation – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle 22 July 2020 Click here FAQs
4 Sahi Fasal – Increasing Water Use Efficiency in Agriculture 29 July 2020 Click here FAQs

Catch the Rain webex meeting on 24/07/2020 with DJB and other stakeholders in Delhi - Video | Minutes of the meeting

National Water Mission webinar session on "Catch the Rain: Dialogues with DMs

S. No. Topic Date Video
1 Session - 1 07 Aug 2020 Video
2 Session - 2 22 Aug 2020 Video
3 Session - 3 29 Aug 2020 Video
4 Session - 4 12 Sep 2020 Video
5 Session - 5 19 Sep 2020 Video

Steps taken by Organisations / Governments / Individuals

S. No. Organisation Name Details
1 Pepsico Details
2 Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR) Details
3 United Way Bengaluru Details
4 IIM Ahemdabad Details
5 IIM - Bodhgaya Details
6 Initiatives of NSS units of Institute for Excellence in Higher Education Bhopal Details
7 Central Industrial Security Force Details
8 The Airports Authority of India Details
9 South Central Railway Details
10 Bharat Electronics Limited Details | Details 2
11 Implementation of Water Conservation Activities in Tonk District, Rajasthan Details
12 Water Conservation Activities by CPE Itarsi Details
13 Bharat Dynamics Limited Details | Details 2
14 Government rural schools of western rajasthan Jodhpur Details | Details 2 | Details 3
15 Video on Catch the Rain by a Student Priyansi Sahu 5 Yrs old Details
16 DoRD Report on Works on Water Bodies Under MAHATMA GANDHI NREGS Details