Women for results

The Bhungroo Water Management System

Drought is a serious issue in the western Indian state of Gujarat, particularly for underprivileged female farmers whose livelihood depends on the monsoon. Limited rainfall in the state leads to water logging in peak cropping season. For the rest of the year, farmers experience severe water scarcity. But thanks to a life-changing technology, poor farmers are now converting crises into opportunities.

Bhungroo is a water management system that injects and stores excess rainfall underground and lifts it out for use in dry spells. Naireeta Services, a social enterprise, trains and empowers women to run and monitor Bhungroo. By curtailing desertification, the initiative helps women build resilience to climate change.

The Bhungroo Water Management System

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BHUNGROO UNITS
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How it works

During the monsoon season

Without Bhungroo
With Bhungroo

During the monsoon season, the Bhungroo system injects about 15,000 cm of run-off rainwater into an underground reservoir. This prevents salt deposits on top soil, which are caused by standing water after heavy rainfall.

 

During dry season

Without Bhungroo
With Bhungroo

The underground reservoir can hold as much as 40 million litres of rainwater enabling communities to continue farming for seven to eight months.

 

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