Hello again friends!
Note: This is a repost of “Tackling Water Crisis” which I uploaded at 3:46 PM today (May 30), but when I changed the title of the post, the content disappeared!
I was wondering this morning… Drought has gripped most parts of India and more than 300 million people are affected. So an idea that immediately crossed my mind was the artificial showers that were successfully implemented in the UAE.
Indeed, this can be used to bring in rain when the need arises.
But when there’s the need for sunshine, we can’t merely use artificial light to substitute sunlight.
Sunlight contains valuable nutrients such as Vitamin D, Calcium, etc, which help nourish the crops to enable them grow better. In the meantime, I’ll be thinking of artificial means to transmit all nutrients that are present in natural sunlight in the absence of adequate natural sunlight.
By the way, here are a few videos of Keukenhof, the Flower Garden of Europe situated in Lisse in the Netherlands.
Beautiful, isn’t it? However, we in India are reeling under drought and can’t even get enough water for basic sanitation, forget making Keukenhofs here at the moment! Suffice to say if we manage water and sunlight properly and learn to tackle unfriendly weather conditions, we can make more Keukenhofs at home ourselves!
Back to the topic: I propose a protective housing over vast farmlands that are close to each other.
Phew! The above images alone took more than 40 minutes to draw on Microsoft Paint! Drawing them by hand is far far easier, but my laptop isn’t touchscreen, nor can I connect my scanner to my laptop at present! Against all odds!
Coming to the first image: The green fields indicate the crops being grown, say paddy, maize, wheat, etc. The blue and light blue tiles constitute the housing over which rain falls and runs down into the drain (dark blue). This is during the rainy season. However It’s a glasshouse, a strong glasshouse with small pipes over its roof to collect all the falling raindrops. I couldn’t draw it on Microsoft Paint. It will take a vast amount of time, but I personally have a clear idea as to what I intend it to be.
Coming to the second image: The cylinders (250 meters tall and 100 meters wide) below the ground collect the rainwater and direct them to the following/next cylinders through horizontal cylinders (that are 40-50 meters below the ground and 100 meters wide). I’ve drawn 2 cylinders, but instead of 2, we can use 3, 4, up to 10 cylinders depending on the number of crop fields adjacent to each other. The last cylinder passes on the water to a pressure-controlled water tank which processes and releases the water on to the nearest water body, which maybe a lake, a river, or an estuary. After all, even the great oceans depend on the rain for its water as described by Thiruvalluvar in the 2nd chapter of the Thirukkural. To put it in short words, this is a garden variety of the G-Cans flood defense system which I briefly described in one of my previous posts.
To summarize my post:
- Use cloud seeding to usher in artificial rains during the drought season and when farmers need water to grow their crops.
- Use artificial sunlight and nutrient transmission to nourish crops in the absence of adequate sunlight.
- Use a flood proof protective glasshouse to sustain heavy rains, floods and hurricanes, and prevent damage to crops.
- Return the water back to the natural water bodies to preserve nature. If need arises, use less than half of the water for personal, sanitary and other purposes, but it’s obligatory to return nature’s property back to her.
That’s it for today folks! Thank You all for your valuable time!
Till the next time, it’s bye… from Iniyavel!
May 30, 2016. 4:28 PM.