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Architect Chitra Vishwanath’s Easy Rainwater Harvesting Method Will Inspire You

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Chitra Vishwanath: As the dangers of global warming become imminent with each passing day, threatening to lay claim to ecology and survival, sustainable action calls for urgent implementation. That it stands to affect the global population is the indication of the continuous micro and multi-level effort it will take to curb its risks.

One of the foremost steps to that end begins at water conservation, the preservation of the elixir as it is called. Architect and water harvesting authority Chitra Vishwanath has an easy, homemade technique people can effectively implement.

In a video posted on Twitter by her husband, engineer and water harvesting expert Vishwanath S, she explains the rainwater flow at her home that directly feeds into the lifeline drinking water system.

Got A Terrace? Attempt Chitra Vishwanath’s Rainwater Harvesting Technique

Principal architect and managing director at BIOME Environment Solutions, Vishawanath has been the brains behind hundreds of architectural projects that incorporate eco-solutions, like earthen material and harvesting systems.

In the Twitter video, she explains how the rainwater that collects on an elevated part of her green terrace to get sun distillation and travel through pipes into a storage tank, which is further connected to the kitchen in the house below for drinking water.

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After procuring education in architecture from Nigeria, Africa and Ahmedabad, India, Vishwanath began her practice in 1990, and founded Chitra Vishwanath Architects. She was associated with the enterprise till 2008. Based in Bengaluru, Vishwanath is a pioneering force in the field of ecological housing, with her own residence a standing example of her beliefs.

Mud-earth architecture is the foundation of Vishwanath’s own house, she said in an interview. Water heating and harvesting, natural cooling without air conditioners, and green spaces ensure individual sustainability without over-dependence on digital appliances.

Image: zenrainman, Twitter + Biome