Name : The value of Rainwater-Hotel Heranya Laku
Location : Mangalbazar, Lalitpur
“I don’t see whether they fill the tank straight from the river or they undergo the filtration process, I am unsure of the water that I am drinking but in the case of rainwater harvesting system I am always around to see it and this clean water might even be drinkable."
There is no space to dig a well or even a boring and with much gratitude Mr.Ravi Manandar uses harvested rainwater for cleaning and washing at his Hotel Heranya Laku.
Since he installed rainwater harvesting system his life in Kathmandu has gotten so much easier. Even though he has not started using it for drinking yet, it still saves him from spending money for a tanker water that cannot always be reliable and drinkable.
He mentions, “I don’t see whether they fill the tank straight from the river or they undergo the filtration process, I am unsure of the water that I am drinking but in the case of rainwater harvesting system I am always around to see it and this clean water might even be drinkable.”
He mostly uses the collected rainwater for cleaning and shower but also uses for boiling noodles and beans. He is very satisfied with the quality of rainwater from the SmartPaani rainwater filter.
He finds it difficult to get a tanker water service, he has to send a call 3 days before. He even said that he doesn’t use any water devices at his own house. His wife collects rainwater using the old traditional way and saves their half the expenses. Rainwater potentially harvestable from the roof should be conserved rather than letting it drain to waste. For Mr. Ravi Manandar, it helps him in reducing water supply load and insecurity. The water quality is effectively good. Climate change is intensifying the pressure of water scarcity and choosing an alternative for him reassures that he has enough water to run his restaurant and hotel.
“Frankly speaking, I have cleaned the rainwater harvesting system only one time and I don’t see any problems from installing this system.”
His rooftop is exactly 650 square feet and fro that he collects 104,000 liters of rainwater, enough to run his restaurant. He is proud to know that his rooftop is a potential powerhouse of rainwater conservation.
To the delight of his rainwater harvesting system installation, he hasn’t experienced many problems and advices others to do the same.