Nature has already come down, pouring its glory with the monsoon knocking on our doorstep. A global pandemic is proving to be very lethal, be it on a micro-level or macro level. One life skill we learned in these crises is the key to survival, which is the optimum use of the available resources in critical situations.
Monsoon is the best season to make use of natural resources according to your necessities.
Think of rainwater as a raw source of power! It does not have any value unless regulated and managed. But rains are unpredictable and uncertain in India. So, it is imperative to collect and store the rainwater for later usage.
Three prime rainwater collection systems can be applied easily at home.
- Barrel Harvesting – It is a cost-effective method. The rooftop drainage pipeline can be directed towards an empty, easy-to-maintain barrel to hold more than one hundred litres of water. However, we can come across demerits to this method, like overflowing.
- Dry system Harvesting – It is different from barrel harvesting in that it involves a heavier container. It is a suitable method for focusing on a single portion of your rooftop or when you have the container near your house.
- Wet system Harvesting – This harvesting system is the exact opposite of the dry harvesting system. The wet system consists of many pipelines. These pipelines travel from the rooftop to the underground and connect to the container.
Rainwater harvesting has its benefits, like reducing erosion and flooding around buildings, reducing demand for groundwater.
However, maintaining hygiene throughout the monsoon season can turn out to be challenging.
- Mosquitos breed in large numbers during the monsoon season due to rainwater collection in storable spaces like small pits, water coolers, drainages and the barrels used for water storage.
- Rainfall causes ants to run off to safer grounds than inside your house. You are bound to pay attention to ants in monsoon season: they are all over the place.
- Excessive rainfall causes the soil to lose its oxygen, and this forces earthworms out of their territory. Therefore, earthworms reach out to the surface to survive.
- And then, cockroaches, ticks on pets, fleas are a few more insects causing a nuisance.
These creatures can spread various diseases like dengue, malaria, chikungunya, and typhoid. And you can prevent the diseases by keeping these insects and pests away from your household by following a few simple steps like using wire mesh on doors and windows, not letting water get stagnant, using suitable disinfectants, and more.
However, the safest and the most trusted measure would be calling on the pest control companies if you face problems on a large scale. And before calling any professional mitigator, ascertain if the company is certified and only uses WHO-approved chemicals and if the treatment provided is environment friendly.
So, now you can harvest the rainwater, use it, keep your home and surroundings clean, hygienic, and dry; avoid the invasion of pests, and if they invade, hire pest professionals to get rid of them.
All this done, you can sit back, have a cup of hot tea with pakoras, and enjoy the pitter-patter of the monsoon!
Divyansh had completed his schooling from Ratna Memorial Public School, Gorakhpur and would soon begin his under-graduation studies. He describes himself as a chess-enthusiast, cinephile and a music aficionado.