A taanka, also known as a tanka or kunds, is a traditional rainwater harvesting technique, common to the Thar desert region of Rajasthan, India. It is meant to provide drinking water for and water security for a family or a small group of families. A taanka is composed of a covered, underground, impermeable cistern on shallow ground for the collection of rainwater. The cistern is generally constructed out of stone or brick masonry, or concrete, with lime mortar or cement plaster. Rainwater or surface run-off from rooftops, courtyards, or artificially prepared catchments (locally called agor) flow into the tank through filtered inlets in the wall of the pit.

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  • A taanka, also known as a tanka or kunds, is a traditional rainwater harvesting technique, common to the Thar desert region of Rajasthan, India. It is meant to provide drinking water for and water security for a family or a small group of families. A taanka is composed of a covered, underground, impermeable cistern on shallow ground for the collection of rainwater. The cistern is generally constructed out of stone or brick masonry, or concrete, with lime mortar or cement plaster. Rainwater or surface run-off from rooftops, courtyards, or artificially prepared catchments (locally called agor) flow into the tank through filtered inlets in the wall of the pit. The water stored in a typical taanka is sufficient to last a family of 5 to 6 members through the dry season. Taankas save families, particularly women whose typical domestic role is to fetch water, from the everyday task to fetch water from long distance, often contaminated, water sources. The water in a taanka is usually only used for drinking. If in any year there was less than normal rainfall and household taankas do not get filled, water would instead be obtained from nearby wells and tanks to fill the taankas. (en)
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  • A taanka, also known as a tanka or kunds, is a traditional rainwater harvesting technique, common to the Thar desert region of Rajasthan, India. It is meant to provide drinking water for and water security for a family or a small group of families. A taanka is composed of a covered, underground, impermeable cistern on shallow ground for the collection of rainwater. The cistern is generally constructed out of stone or brick masonry, or concrete, with lime mortar or cement plaster. Rainwater or surface run-off from rooftops, courtyards, or artificially prepared catchments (locally called agor) flow into the tank through filtered inlets in the wall of the pit. (en)
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  • Taanka (en)
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