Case study

Here is the success story of a farmer from Hubli who implemented bore well recharge in his field and is now enjoying better farming.

Chitranjan Kallannavar, in association with Sankalp Rural Development Society recharged a borewell in his field a year ago which is yielding excellent results now. The borewell, which is now always filled with water, has solved many issues related to farming. He loves talking to people about the importance of water and the need for saving rain water. “I am very happy to have done this in my field. Bore well recharge has ended the water scarcity I was facing for many years”, says Chitranjan.

Background: Meet the Farmers

Dbbasti is father to four daughters and one son and owns 30 acres of land in the village of Kamplikoppa. In 1998, he dug his first bore well looking for water to irrigate his fields but was unsuccessful and reached no water. 21 attempts later and drilling as far down as 500 feet, Dbbasti was able to only reach water in two of those instances. For ten years, the water flowed from his two wells will no problem. Then, in 2007, the rate of the flow gradually began to decrease to less than 1 inch. At the low point, it took Dbbasti eight days to water just two acres of land. He found it difficult to irrigate even three acres. The water would only flow for half an hour before stopping for ten minutes and then continuing the cycle again. By 2010, he thought one of the wells had run dry and became distressed at the thought of not being able to water his crops and having to dig yet another well.

Devendrappa Basanthappa Basti

Aged about 57, holding 7 hectares of land in the survey no. of 64/69, agriculture is his main source of income. Paddy, maize, soya bean and sugar cane are his main crops. In his land he has 160 mango horticulture species, 116 bamboo species and 120 teak forestry species. In 1990, the first bore well was drilled at a depth of around 180 ft. Again, in 1994 he decided to drill another bore well with a depth of 150 ft. The water from both bore wells was not enough for the irrigation of his entire land. As a result he dug out another bore well. But he failed in getting water. In his land he has a total of 15 bore wells, and out of them, 13 failed leaving only 2 that are functioning.

Case Study on Bore Well Recharge Systems

Water Scarcity

Water scarcity is one of the leading issues facing the world’s population today. According to the UN, “around 1.2 billion people, or almost one-fifth of the world’s population, live in areas of physical scarcity, and 500 million people are approaching this situation. Another 1.6 billion people, or almost one-quarter of the world’s population, face economic water shortage (where countries lack the necessary infrastructure to take water from rivers and aquifers)” . This is equivalent to saying that one in three people are affected by the issue of water scarcity . No continent has been left untouched by this problem.