A great example of how decentralised approaches to water
harvesting boost innovation comes from Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir.
Norphel, retired engineer of the department of rural development,
has found a way to make 'artificial glaciers'. In the cold desert
that is Ladakh, the only source of water is met from glaciers.
But this comes in late in the summer. Norphel has developed
a way to bring glaciers closer to villages, which is a bonus
for farmers as water reaches their fields in spring. Norphel's
innovation involves channelizing water to the shadow area of
a mountain close to a village. After going through metal pipes,
the water freezes, creating a glacier close to the village.
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