Kaladera Village


Big congratulations to the 14 committee members of Kaladera Village for their work, knowledge and inputs, as well as the entire printer's community of Kaladera Village. Jaipur. Rajasthan

Krishan Kumar, Kalawati Devi, Rajesh Nagar, Gordhan Lai, Mohan Lai, Ummed Singh, Mohan Lal Chhipa, Santosh Devi, Fulchand Sharma, Sharad Sharma, Shrikishan, Suresh Kumar and Meeta Mastani


We hope this small but big impact will inspire local and global communities engage in cross-collaborations, we must join forces in today's urgency and importance of water management and conservation, the positive impact in the health and livelihoods, the benefits of natural dyes vs synthetic dyes combating pollution and degradation. Replenishing more than is extracted, while sending a message to industry and world leaders that our future wellbeing relies on building Climate Change resilience with the soil knowledge & stewardship of communities at the




The Kaladera Project is a community based program that implements rainwater harvesting, recycling and groundwater recharge systems in Kaladera Village

Kaladera is a Village in Govindgarh Tehsil in Jaipur District of Rajasthan State, India. It is located 41 Km towards North from Jaipur

Drought is the most frequent disaster recurring in Rajasthan, pumping groundwater at a faster rate than it can be recharged can have some negative effects of the environment, people's health and livelihoods, it can lead to dry wells, especially during droughts. Other negative effects of groundwater depletion includes deterioration of water quality.

Water is not only essential to food security, health and sanitation but the continuation of heritage craft and sustainable livelihoods. 

The Kaladera project is guided by; Tejaram ji, the Founder of local community based group and implementation partner Manthan Sanstha, Kotri. 

Manthan is a nonprofit organization based in rural area of Ajmer district, Rajasthan. It was started in 1998, prior to which it was a field centre (1981-1997) for the Social Work and Research Centre (SWRC) at Barefoot College, Tilonia. Manthan works on diverse local issues related to Sustainable Development along with empowering marginalized and excluded communities in 120 villages of Ajmer and Nagaur districts, Rajasthan, India.

Participants: Krishna Kumar Chhia, Suresh Kumar Chhipa, Phoolchand Sharma, Mohan Lal Chippa, Sharad Sharma, Pappu Lal, Badrinarayan Kumawat (Kaladera), Tejaramji, Goverdhan lal, Ummed Singh (Manthan Kotdi)

On 14th February 2021, a meeting at Raghunath Mandir, Chhipa Mohalla, Kaladera, was held with community involved in printing and coloring. The purpose of meeting was to conserve and recycle the wastewater generated during printing and coloring through recharge well. Firstly, a visit was undertaken by Manthan team to understand the situation and explore available options. Thereafter, a meeting was organized at the temple.

There are 10 units covering 100 families involved in printing/coloring, out of which 30 families are from Bihar and Madhya Pradesh.

It was decided after discussion with everyone that waste water generated as a result of natural printing/coloring can be recycled and reused through a recharge well. Additionally, the water flow from the roof can also be channeled through pipes in the same recharge well for reuse. For this water conservation system a small well will be constructed with sedimentation tank and drains for outflow of water. There was unanimous agreement for the proposed system and everyone requested to get this done at the earliest !

What we have done

Created a recharge well to receive all the filtered wastewater from the wash tanks currently generated during natural printing back into the ground, in two different locations in Kaladera.

Given that 1 wash tank uses 10,000-15,000L of water x day, both units are now saving a total of 7.3M L of water x year.

Based on an average annual rainfall 520 mm, we estimated that these two simple initiatives phase 1 and 2  will harvest approximately 8.3M L in total of water a year. Water currently used for watering plants, printing & washing, and domestic use


What we are working on

Connecting surrounding rooftops in order to harvest rainwater, including the tin shed, to a sedimentation tank and a well in Chaubundi land

It is estimated that adding rooftops connections will have the potential to direct 800,000 L x year to the ground, otherwise lost in runoff along the surface.

The rooftops will be connected to a 100,000 litre cement storage tank, the overflow from this will be directed to the same recharge well that receives the recycled water from the washing and printing.

The calculation is based on an average annual rainfall 520 mm and a total catchment area (roof area) is 20,000 sq ft 

On going :

Lab testing water as ongoing basis to reassess water quality and adjust filtering systems

Ongoing water sample lab testing includes:

  • The tubewell from which the water is sourced 
  • Water after it has passed the sieve and the sedimentation 
  • from the recharge well
  • From three observation wells around the recharge well

These test will be conducted thrice a year, for the next five years

  • Pre-monsoon
  • Monsoon
  • Post-monsoon

Long term benefits include:

  • Reduced public health issues related to water stagnation and poor drainage
  • Flood and drought mitigation
  • Augment water table for all uses, improving access to water
  • Overtime, improves quality of existing groundwater
  • Rejuvenating groundwater ecosystems promotes biodiversity. 


How it works


Kaladera community meeting
Kaladera community meeting

Kaladera community meeting
Kaladera community meeting

Sedimentation tanks by Badrinarayan
Sedimentation tanks by Badrinarayan

Sedimentation tanks by Badrinarayan
Sedimentation tanks by Badrinarayan

Sedimentation drains
Sedimentation drains

Sedimentation drains
Sedimentation drains

Recharge well construction
Recharge well construction

Recharge well - 10ft deep x 8ft diameter
Recharge well - 10ft deep x 8ft diameter

Recharge well  - 10ft deep x 8ft diameter
Recharge well - 10ft deep x 8ft diameter

Kaladera rooftops

Kaladera rooftops
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