A small town in the Bansankhtha district of Gujarat named Kanodar has started a new initiative related to sewage water. This town is rather famous for having an auction conducted for sewage water! Yes, you heard that right. What is more, bidding happens every year.. This is done in order to help the farmers of the village who could use this water in their farming practices. There is only one reason behind this initiative and that is the low groundwater level prevailing in the village. Moreover, due to this, the village Panchayat of the village gets more and more revenues from the government!
It has been three years since the village Panchayat first thought of working upon this idea and for the past two years, this has been rigorously followed by the village. Due to this, the village Panchayat has received a revenue of Rs 80,000. Both, the village farmers and the Panchayat, are happy with this initiative.
The population density of Kanodar village is 13,000 and its literacy rate is 100 per cent. In reality, the villagers keep a check on the water that flows into the sewage. Plastic is strictly prohibited to be thrown in the sewage. In fact, the water released from toilets, too, does not go directly into the sewage. Every house in this village has a sewage system built within the ground and only the water released from household activities is released into these small gutters. These numerous gutters are all connected via one pipeline which goes directly into the main sewage where all the water is collected.
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The winner of the auction, conducted every year on the sewage water, gets authorized by the Panchayat for a duration of one year. “One year after the gutter lines were built in Kanodar, we were struck with the idea that the water collected in the gutter is merely wasted,” says the Head of the Panchayat of Kanodar, Mohammad Khan.