American Society of Civil Engineers

Using Water Conservation and Rain Water Harvesting to Recharge Groundwater: Groundwater Protection and Cultural Understanding of Hydrogeology in Abheypur, India

by D. S. Pines, (Department of Civil, Environmental, and Biomedical Engineering, University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT 06117 E-mail: and N. S. Glucksberg, (MACTEC Engineering and Consulting, Inc., 511 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04112 E-mail:
Section: Groundwater Council—8th Symposium on Groundwater Hydrology, Quality, and Management, pp. 792-794, (doi:

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Document type: Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of: World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2010: Challenges of Change
Abstract: For most rural areas, rain water harvesting is typically conducted to provide potable water to house-holds or local point-of-use areas. However, in Abheypur India, rain water is also being collected to recharge the groundwater. This broad awareness to the lowering of the groundwater table demonstrates a cultural sensitivity and the need for sustainable solutions; however, if well head protection is being compromised, it also leads to potential water quality issues and does not effectively recharge the aquifer.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Water storage
Groundwater recharge
Drinking water