Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems
30 January 2010
In order to give a boost to rainwater harvesting (RWH), the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) plans to give a rebate in property tax as an incentive to buildings and housing societies who set up RWH systems.
The BMC proposes to award points to residential buildings that have adopted eco-friendly measures and thereby give an incentive in the form of rebate on property taxes. The important features considered for buildings and housing societies are rainwater harvesting, grey water recycling plants, solid water management, segregation of organic and non-organic waste, creating manure from waste etc.
The main objective of making rainwater mandatory in all buildings is to recharge groundwater and augment overall water availability. This measure will ensure that rainwater is tapped and directed to recharge groundwater or stored for direct consumption by occupants of the buildings.