Step wells

Traditionally built for strategic and/or philanthropic reasons as secular structures from which everyone could draw water, step wells are wells in which water is reached by descending a set of steps.

The steps were provided to enable people to access water as the groundwater level recedes throughout the long dry season, with water returning to the upper steps during and immediately after the monsoon.

Whilst many traditional step wells (or ‘bavadis‘ as they are also known in Rajasthan) are now defunct or no longer in use, WaterHarvest works to renovate a number of step wells, cleaning them out and repairing brickwork in order to restore this structure to its use as a safe, sustainable source of water.