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Those who depend on mountain springs for water need to look for alternate water sources when water becomes insufficient due to increased demand or drying up of springs. But it is not possible in all places. People in a water-poor village of Dapcha in central Nepal are placed completely on the wrong end of it. Increased economic activities due to increasing number of resorts and hotels and rise in human and cattle population in recent years have increased demand for water in Dapcha. Available water has been insufficient to run hotels and they do not have the luxury of looking for alternatives because there is none in the vicinity. They had to find ways of increasing water yield in the existing springs, which they did by digging shallow recharge ponds in the upland to catch more water during the rain. There were very few people who believed in the concept of the recharge ponds, because there were no examples of ponds being used to actually increase spring discharge. One of the resorts in Dapcha area wanted to try this idea and dug several ponds  last June before the monsoon set in and hoped to recharge the aquifer fully so that springs would yield more. They kept their fingers crossed.  And the good news is that it did help increase the discharge in the springs. I plan to visit the area next week and see it for myself, and will report in more detail.

Until then