Chennai has been battling a historic drought, the worst of it’s kind in 70 years. The ever-expanding city has led to encroachment of traditional water sources and this coupled with the extra demand for water has greatly exacerbated the existing water crisis. UWC actively works towards improving our water security through short-term as well as long-term measures.
Our intervention aims at reviving the dying lakes of Chennai. We work on reclaiming and restoring several lakes which are on the verge of total collapse and ruin, by clearing them of sewage, improving the quality of water and turning them into active community spaces.
Especially, ponds have been an inherent part of the ecosystem. Apart from being a source of water for various purposes like drinking, washing, agriculture, fishing, etc. the ponds are also known to recharge groundwater, channelize water flow to prevent waterlogging and flooding.
In the last two years, we have rejuvenated over 8 water bodies in Chennai and its surrounding districts
Chennai faced the worst ever water crisis in decades and the years ahead also look bleak. School children worst affected as several schools had to remain closed since they were unable to deal with the water shortage.
This has prompted us to create rainwater harvesting systems in all Govt. schools in Tamil Nadu and spread awareness on the importance of RWH among students and the surrounding community.
We aim that the community will be benefited from the project and will be encouraged to look at rainwater as a key source to overcome the water crisis in the city.
Rapid urbanization has destroyed the natural green cover of the city. UWC seeks to regreen these lost spaces through urban forestry and afforestation.
We aim to plant a minimum of 100 acres of urban forests for a greener Chennai.