The natural water supply and sanitation programme initiated by the Indian government is an effort to solve sanitation problems and wastewater disposal in rural areas. In the absence of proper drains, 'soakage pits' may be the most effective method in the management of wastewater in these areas. A soakage pit is a mud-filled, three-four feet deep cavity in the ground, adapted to receive surface water which is then allowed to percolate into the ground. Water is directed towards this pit through drains. This technology if adopted can keep the surroundings clean, says Savita Singhal, scientist, Agriculture University, Hisar, Haryana (C hanging Villages , Vol 15, No 4).
We are a voice to you; you have been a support to us. Together we build journalism that is independent, credible and fearless. You can further help us by making a donation. This will mean a lot for our ability to bring you news, perspectives and analysis from the ground so that we can make change together.
Comments are moderated and will be published only after the site moderator’s approval. Please use a genuine email ID and provide your name. Selected comments may also be used in the ‘Letters’ section of the Down To Earth print edition.