Harvest order: The Supreme Court recently issued notices to the Union and the state governments, urging them to conserve rainwater. The move came in response to a petition filed by Tap-Rejuvenate Earth's Ecology and Environment, a non-governmental organisation. The petition sought rooftop rainwater harvesting structures over 200 square metres in all buildings. It pointed out that the country receives an average of 1,170 millimetres rain annually, but 90 per cent of it is wasted because of not being 'harvested' or conserved adequately. The magnitude of the wastage intensifies in view of the fact that many places do not have access to clean drinking water. The petition urges the Union government to order all concerned agencies and organisations, such as municipalities and panchayats, to put in place rainwater harvesting structures and stop filling up of water bodies in urban and rural areas.
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