The Kaladera Project is a community based initiative that implements rainwater harvesting, recycling and groundwater recharge systems.

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


"It is about 160 years since the first chemical dyes and much has changed since then in the world of block printing. The change in ecology and techniques has made a huge difference to the way printing is now done. Most printing centres were situated near a water source since washing has always been an integral part of the process.

The village is home to approximately 80-100 artisan families of the Chhipa Samaaj (community), of these families only 40 individuals earn their livelihood from printing these days. It is hard physical work and not many of the younger printers are taking their traditional skills forward.

The Chhipa Samaaj owns land which printers can rent out at a subsidized rate for washing and drying their work on an annual basis. The area specializes in mud resist printing which uses a lot of water- The water table has gone down from 50 feet to about 250 feet since 1993 when I started working here”

-Meeta Mastani of Bindaas Unlimited


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 can lead to dry wells, especially during droughts. Other negative effects of groundwater depletion includes deterioration of water quality


 Tejaram Mali, krish Kumar, Meeta Mastani, Kalawati Devi, Damodar Nama


The Kaladera project is guided by Tejaram, community development worker and educator. Founder of Manthan Sanstha

Manthan is a 22 year old organization and community-based group based in in the village of Kotri in the neighboring Ajmer district, Rajasthan, India working on diverse local issues related to Sustainable Development such as water conservation, health, education, energy and provision of basic amenities serving marginalized and excluded communities in 120 villages. 


What we have done:

Phase I / Stage 1 –  Funded : INR 221,000  ($3000) 

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. 


What we working on:

Phase I- Stage 2 –  Funded / INR 690,000  ($9400)

Connecting surrounding rooftops in order to harvest rainwater, including the tin shed, to a sedimentation tank and a well in both locations- Chhipa Samaj land & Chaunbudi 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 30,000 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 

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.

Costing breakdown x unit

  • 1 30,000 litre tank 20 x 9 x 6 (feet) = INR 150,000
  • 2 sedimentation tanks: 3 x 6 x 3 = INR 25,000
  • 200 ft PVC pipes of 4” diameter (plus fitting) = INR 100,000
  • Lab testings, Travel, plus supervision cost Manthan = INR 70,000
Estimate cost for 1 unit: INR 345,000
2 units: INR 690,000


    What we would like to do:

    Phase II - Est. Budget / INR 2,000,00 (approx $30,000)

    We would like to address the needs of  50 specific households belonging to the most vulnerable populations living in a hamlet on the outskirts of Kaladera. These households comprise elderly people, people with disabilities and women headed families.

    During the summer months, when tankers come in to their village once a week to provide water for the families, their homes do not have storage facilities to enable them to store sufficient water. We would like to ensure they each have individual water storage tanks of 10,000 L capacity so they can stock adequate water when the tanker come, and we would also like to have these tanks connected to their rooftops, enabling them to harvest rainwater during the monsoon. These tanks will significantly improve their quality of life and they will also, simultaneously be contribution to water security by collecting rainwater.   

      • 1 Household 10,000 L capacity tank & roof connection– INR 40000
      • 50 Households = INR 2,000,00  approx



      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.



      Budget goal estimates has been updated to current real cost. Please note estimates are rough calculations before each Project Phase is started.

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      How it works



      Getting started

      On 14th February 2021, a meeting at Raghunath Mandir, Chhipa Mohalla, Kaladera, was held with the community involved in block printing and coloring. Firstly, a visit was undertaken by Manthan Sansthan team to understand the situation and explore available options, since Kaladera does not have lakes, ponds, check dams or even offer the land for creating these, that option will need to be set aside.


      A committee of 12 people was constituted for monitoring, quality assurance, account keeping, reporting and photography including:  Suresh Kumar Chhipa, Krishna Kumar Chhipa, ,Phoolchand Sharma, Mohan Lal Chippa, Sharad Sharma, Pappu Lal, Badrinarayan Kumawat (Kaladera), Goverdhan lal, Ummed Singh (Manthan Kotri)

      Suresh Kumar, Krishna Kumar, Kalawati Devi, Sntosh Dev, Rajesh Nagar, ShriKishan, Phoolchand Sharma, Mohan Lal Chhipa, Sharad Sharma, Mohan Lal, Goverdhan Lala and Ummed Singh and Meeta Mastani

      Maping, Planning & Progress

      It was decided after discussion with the everyone that waste water generated as a result of 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 has been constructed with sedimentation tank and drains for outflow of water. There was unanimous agreement for the proposed systems everyone requested to get this done at the earliest.

      Channel all the waste water from the printing to a soak pit after putting it through a few stages of filtration, two smaller tanks in sequence where water will flow from one to the next having a little time to settle.

      The soak pit created is circular and of a depth of 10 feet (2 ft above the ground). The diameter will be 8 ft.

      This pit will also be used to collect the rainwater from the neighboring roofs. The roofs would need to be cleaned up, repaired if required and fitted with sieves and pipes, directing rainwater to the pit.

      The recharge is being constructed by Phoolchand ji, and drains and sedimentation tank by Badrinarayan. 

      Kaladera Committee

      Krishn Kumar

      Kalawati Devi

      Rajesh Nagar

      Gordhan Lal

      Mohan Lal

      Ummed Singh

      Mohan lal

      Shantosh Devi

      Fulchand Sharma

      Sharad Sharma


      Suresh Kumar

      Tejaram. Development worker and educator. Coordinator of Manthan Santha

      Meeta Mastani of Bindaas Unlimited & BBCP Director