Open well in the farm dried up in the middle of April. I had made couple of rain pits for recharging it. 3 Rain pits were made around the well so that rain water gets collected in it and recharges ground water. Obviously this was not sufficient to survive the peak summer. Along with rain pits, I routed my terrace water to the well using PVC pipes. With first rain itself considerable water falls to the well through this pipe, but since rain was not continuous this time, it dried up soon. After two weeks, some water is seen now, not sure how it appeared all of a sudden. Probably rain water takes time to reach this level. But I am hoping that in the next summer well will have more water. This time rain is very less so far, monsoon usually starts in June 1st, but this time it started by around June middle, which is quite unusual. After that rain just disappeared, land is quite dry for this season. Hopes that rain will come back, anyway we can just hope.
PVC pipe for routing terrace water
Some water is seen now
Rain picked up well and well has good amount of water now..
Well has plenty of water now, it is not just recharging, rain has been good and all the wells in the area are almost full. The effect of charging will be known in the next summer.
Summer is getting hot..and water level is receding, yet to be seen if it survives summer..right now it has around 4-5 feet water..watering is happening regularly, hence some water may get into well also through under ground. Water is very cool and tasty..washing the face makes you really fresh. Initially I was not knowing, water is different in taste..when I reached Bangalore and started using borewell for the first time in my life, I started realising the taste of water..Now since this well is holding water in the earth, it becomes cool and tasty..some neighbours pull out water for their cooking..feels great to see that.
Finally well has survived this summer. I am assuming recharging has done a significant contribution in this. There is unusual summer rains and that also might have helped it. Anyway lot of people from nearby houses are coming for this water, it is cool and tasty since it is stored in the natural soil container.