Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Rain story for kids - RAIN, RAIN, DON’T GO AWAY!


A short story on how to make every drop of water count

By AR Shivakumar

Ani:   Amma... (Panting) Give some water to drink! I am so thirsty. The football game was tiring!
Mother: Go on Ani, drink water from the tap.
Ani: The tap has sooooo.... much water!
Mother: Yes, you can drink as much as you want!
Ani: Where does the tap get water from?

Mother: From the tank on the roof.
Ani:  Where will the tank get water from?
Mother: From the underground sump.
Ani: ?????  Where does the sump get water from?
Mother: From pipes of the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB)! Now, why this flood of questions, Ani?

Ani: ?????   Amma, where do the pipes get water from?
Mother:  The BWSSB has huge reservoirs that have been built in many places in and around the City. These reservoirs get water from River Cauvery.
Ani:  Where is River Cauvery?
Mother: It is about 100 km from Bangalore.

Ani:  Why can’t we pump all the water from River Cauvery to Bangalore? Then, we won’t have any water problems.
Mother: Our neighbouring state too depends on River Cauvery for its drinking water needs.
Ani: Where does River Cauvery get water from?
Mother:  The rain feeds the river. Rivers in South India are rain-fed, while those in the Himalayas are fed by glaciers.

Ani: Oh! It rains here too, doesn’t it?
Mother:  Yes, it does.
Ani:  If the rain feeds a river like Cauvery, why can’t the same rain fulfil our water needs? Why should we pump water from the river?
Mother:  We depend on piped water supply because we neither collect rainwater nor do we harvest it.
Ani: Mummy, why aren’t we harvesting rainwater in our house?
Mother: We should. Let’s talk to Papa about it.
The next morning
Ani:  Mummy, how can we collect rainwater?
Mother:  Ani, go and brush your teeth!
Papa: And once you’ve finished, come and read the newspaper with me!
Ani:  (taking the newspaper from Papa) ‘Karnataka makes rainwater harvesting compulsory’. Wow! Lots of people seem to be thinking about the rain. How do you harvest rain, Papa?
Papa: Ani, get ready for school now. You are running late! And, ask your Science teacher about harvesting rain!

In the School Bus
Ani:  Yesterday, I got a racing car as a return present at Sourav’s birthday party.
Sachin:  I missed the party.
Ani:  Why weren’t you there?
Sachin: My father was getting the sump at home cleaned. It was so dirty! As Papa was busy the whole day, he could not drop me off to Sourav’s house.
Ani:  How did you know that the sump was dirty?
Sachin: The water that came from the tanker supply was muddy, smelly and yucky!
Ani:  My mother said that we can drink rainwater. It is very clean – cleaner than tap water!
In School 
Ani:  Teacher, my father has asked me to find out about rainwater harvesting.

Teacher: Rainwater harvesting is a method of collecting rainwater and storing it for future use. The water from the roof can be guided to a storage tank through a filter.
Ravi: Can we drink rainwater?
Teacher: Yes, rainwater is the primary source of water for our rivers, lakes, wells and borewells. It is one of the purest forms of water. We can drink it as long as it is not contaminated by dust, bird dropping or litter.

Nikhil:  Can rainwater meet all our daily needs?

Teacher: Rainwater is Nature’s gift to us. There is a family in Vijayanagar that has been using rainwater for all their needs for 22 years now. I will organise a visit to a very special park in Jayanagar 5th Block, where you will get to see the benefits of rainwater harvesting.
Ani:  Thank you teacher. We will tell our parents to harvest rainwater in our houses too.
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Mr Shivakumar has several publications and significant number of patents, which are under commercial exploitation to benefit the society. His research experience spans over several fields and areas in applied sciences. He has a "National Award" to his credit, awarded by the Union Government of India in the year 2001 for one of his innovations. He was awarded the "Citizen Extraordinary" by Rotary International in the year 2007. The First Innovation award "Ammulya 2012" for two of his patents was awarded by Government of Karnataka in addition to other state awards and recognitions.