Mission Paani is a Network 18 Initiative - where we get you stories of people and organizations who have led from the front on water conservation and have in the process inspired others.
Today we will talk about the women of Mahui village, who have taken the pledge to conserve water for their village.
Sumitra Srivas leads a group of around 20 women in Mahui Village in Banda district, who are returning from their weekly Jal Panchayat. It's part of a movement which began last summer, helped by the local administration. Today it's made an entire village self-sufficient in its water needs. These women water soldiers are to be credited. It is not a usual sight to see them marching down the village.
A patriarchal society had bound them to household chores, but women here are playing a crucial role in water conservation. Known as "Jal Sahelis", women of many other villages across Bundelkhand are stepping out to solve the water crisis.
Rain water is collected on rooftops and linked to wells and lakes through pipes. It provides drinking water for animals and is used for washing clothes.
What these women are doing in Banda is needed across Bundelkhand where the water ecosystem is broken. Studies show that every summer almost 70-80 percent of lakes go completely dry and are eventually lost.