Water conservation ponds in Nepal

Summary

During the pre-monsoon season, between March-and May, some areas in Nepal experience water shortage. On the other hand, during the monsoon, water excesses causes regular floods and landslides. In this situation, activities such as agriculture or livestock, as well as the availability of drinking water and women’s workload are deeply affected. Guaranteeing water availability throughout the year is therefore essential to reduce the vulnerability of Nepalese farmers. Water conservation ponds prove strategic, storing water and replenishing groundwater reserves for the dry season and protecting hillsides from landslides during the rainy season. Conservation ponds are not a new practice in Nepal, as indigenous populations in the mid-hill region had used them in the past, but were lost due to the introduction of piped water supply. Currently, water conservation ponds are being reintroduced as a local adaptation strategy.

Comments

The proposed system is very effective to store water. It will increase the ground water level and enable farmers to grow crops during the dry season. There is a possibility for mosquitoes to breed in the ponds. This could be prevented by having some fish in the pond. 

Water is essential to life on earth. We need water to grow food, keep clean, provide power, control fire, and last but not least, we need it to stay alive!  Very nice detailed and informative article.

The ponds look fantastic.Where we live is a sloppy and dry area.When it rains the water will quickly run and go.We want to start tree planting besides beekeeping.Whats the best way to trap and conserve this water which i know will benefit a lot of communities around us.Can i become you partner?

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