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You may not see a kund unless you travel to India, but water harvesting happens closer to home, too, using things like rain barrels.  Investigate commercially-available water harvesting devices, and host a design competition for new solutions.  

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BBC News: The technology of saving India’s precious water supply (09/12/2011) http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-14847808 

India’s Centre for Science and Environment: Community-based Water Management Initiatives http://www.rainwaterharvesting.org/Rural/Community_based_initiative.htm 

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