Sunday, May 8, 2011

When taming the rain water runoff becomes essential!

Our farm is surrounded by water channels in the eastern and western directions. Over the years, due to excessive soil erosion and silting, the channels have come up to level of the land. Hence, instant flooding was a frequent occurrence on heavy showers.
So we decided to deepen one of the more problematic channels and we were delighted to see the results when it rained heavily a couple of weeks back.

One of the channels (bottom of the picture) which was dug deeper with a JCB












Channel was dug approx. 3 ft deep and 3 ft wide.






























Channel put to test  - we were happy to see the results.
After the water dried up, we noticed that the channel depth decreased by 6 to 8 inches. Channel deepening will be a continuous exercise, nonetheless we are glad to have tamed the rain water runoff for now!









Economics: 
One of the borewells is adjacent to the water channel and after having tested it for 10 hours, there was enough moisture in the channel to accomplish this exercise in the shortest time possible.
It took about 10 hours to deepen 200 m of channel tract. The expense incurred was close to Rs 6000.
 

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