In this essay, I will be reflecting and critically analyzing an article, Monsoon Harvests: The Living Legacies of Rainwater Harvesting Systems in South India. The main focus of this article is on the approach of rainwater harvesting being identified as a significant approach for the management of water. According to my own personal view, there are several environmental, economic and social dimensions of rainwater harvesting.
It has been stated by the author that even though the approach of rainwater harvesting is a decentralized solution, there are certain advantages involved in comparison with the traditional systems of irrigation (Kimberly et al., 2014). However, the author has focused more on the issues involved in this approach.
I feel that even though decentralized in nature, there are more advantages in comparison with the disadvantages that have been discussed by the author in this particular article. Firstly, utilization of rainwater is done at a specific location. It is collected at a piece of land as it falls and thus, it contributes in minimizing the loss of transmission related to the extensive systems of canal network. In addition to this, rainwater is utilized by the system of rainwater harvesting having faster scales of time in order to replenish it in comparison with the traditional approaches using groundwater. Hence, I conclude that this makes rainwater harvesting more sustainable in comparison with the other traditional approaches.
This contributes in proving the statement of thesis that there is an involvement of certain socio- economic benefits of using the tanks to store the rainwater and then harvesting it. The reflection has been written in accordance with the structure provided. The purpose was to identify the different benefits involved and hence, has been identified.