Watershed interventions maintenance
In watershed development, the water harvesting and water extracting structures are constructed for conservation and efficient utilization of natural resources. The maximum utilization of stored water is ensured with better use efficiency of collected and conserved water. Hence, it is important to have proper maintenance of the water harvesting and water extracting structures.
Watershed development – Aim
Watershed development aims at conservation and utilization of natural resources. There are 3 main natural resources – Water, land, and forest. The water conserved in soil can be use to provide moisture to the growing crops during dry spells. Likewise, stored water in tank is helpful especially in rainfed areas.
Some time it is seen that the water harvesting structure in watershed area are not in use. Also the water harvesting structures that are in
use are not clean and are filled with impurities. The floor area near by the water harvesting structure often gets muddy & slippery .All this creates conditions that are prone to accidents
Maintenance of the water harvesting structure – Sustainabilty
For proper maintenance, it is important to constitute users groups in the watershed area .The Users groups should ensure to keep the water harvesting structures clean and should take the responsibility to maintain it properly.
The Users group should deposit a fixed monthly fee during their monthly meetings. The savings by the groups can be used to repair the damage assets.The proper maintenance of the water harvesting structure can enhance its life and provide sustainability.