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Harvesting Rain in Mawsynram.

Ideas on how to provide the village Mawsnyram with water conservation techniques and mechanics to sustain and harvest water supply.

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Mawsnyram, a village located in Meghalaya, India is hailed as one of the wettest places on earth receiving the most rains globally in a calendar year producing an average annual rainfall of 11,872 mm (about 39 feet). With all of this rain coming in, it is impossible to believe that this beautiful village cannot harvest all of its water and is still running short on water supply and conservation. With this being said, our group has decided we would build flexible machine mechanisms that would thereby make the process of obtaining water easier. Although, there are water systems that may distribute water throughout the village, there are still problems with the population increase which has caused a water shortage. To conserve the water we plan on using a filtration system that can store and generate water back into the village. Also, because studies show that the everlasting rains in Mawsynram have greatly diminished due to unexpected climate change, we plan on setting up gutters, pipe systems, and filtration systems which could prove advantageous for this village. It is also important to note that Mawsnyram has a natural resource of coal that can be used for energy and also the filtering of water.

Lastly, we also plan on hiring locals and coal miners to help build a water filtration system which will produce profits and strengthen Mawsnyrams’s workforce and decrease the illegal mining that goes unchecked within the village of Mawsynram.

How would you describe the stage of development of your idea?

  • Conceptual Development

How big or scalable is the potential of your idea?

Our plan is scalable to this village, water is a necessity for all and we plan on sourcing water from East Khasi hills Jinjiram - The river originates from Urpad Beel Lake and streams towards the east through the Goalpara district in Assam. It is the largest river from the two Garo hills districts, and also water source. As long as we can harvest all of the water that fall in the village alone and generate back into the village many people can be helped. We know a range of 38,000 U.S. Dollars is the requirement to set up a small pipe water system according to the small loan Princeton University gave to Haiti as a small donation in 2011 for the earthquake.

Explain the sustainability aspect of your idea

Meghalaya there are locals who are coal-miners, we plan on using the locals to help build our mechanics for filtering and we would also have have the water that is ascertained by rainfall generated back into individual villages on a first come first serve. This means that we would have locals pay 15-20 rupiah about the equivalent of 20 cents U.S.D to have water generated in their village. To prevent further water shortages, we would teach water harvesting methods and also rationing methods that would decrease the overall usage of water until the people of Meghalaya could conserve their own water effectively and efficiently.

What types of financing would be required for your idea to be successful?

Micro loans, money generated from profits

If you are proposing to partner with other organizations, please explain their role and reason for partnership.

Partnering is a possibility, and are all potential candidates to partner with and share ideas although nothing is set in stone.

In-country experience

  • Not yet

If you have been operating in India, what has been your focus?

We have never operated in India.

Is your organization currently legally registered in India?

  • No

What states or districts will you target/are you targeting within India?

Meghalaya, the village of Mawsynram.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

Joshua Johnson, Carina Nava, Kisakye Edwards, Jannan Morgan. We believe fresh drinking water is not a privilege; it is a necessity that should be accessible to every human being.


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