Could The "ABOVE-GROUND QANAT"-Concept to Be Extensively Applied , on the Demolished / Cancelled Dams' Water Basins?

Could The "ABOVE-GROUND QANAT"-Concept to Be Extensively Applied , on the Demolished / Cancelled Dams' Water Basins?

I recently studied a very informative article, shared on Linked-In, by Mr. Stuart Shapiro, Executive V.P. at Infinite Water, Inc. This article highlights sources of evaporation losses, not considered, so far:

Alarming research finds humans are using up far more of Earth’s water than previously thought

This article prompted the undersigned, asking a longstanding of a question formed in my mind:
Could The "ABOVE-GROUND QANAT" Concept to Be Extensively Applied , on the Demolished / cancelled Dams' Water Basins?:





Out of 2.5% delicate amount of the freshwater, of the total water on the planet earth, only 1.2% of it is surface / other freshwater, available for use. And out of this 1.2%, only 0.49 of the surface freshwater is in the rivers, which could serve the life's needs on the planet, wherever not having access to freshwater in lakes.

Taking the maximum limit of 6-month time for the river residence time; if the water inflow into a river was not made-up, either via precipitations or ice and snow melts, it would dry-up, to the maximum, in the entire river bed, in 6 months.

In such drought situations, humans have no other choice, unless exploiting the precious underground freshwater, if within their reach and with a lot of energy input pumping it to the ground level, where adopted rainwater harvesting and storm water management measures are not in vogue. However, opting for saline water desalination measures would be considered, if other sources couldn't be utilized, since also desalination processes ask for a lot of energy and investment.

In many places worldwide, rainwater harvesting and runoff control measures could be adopted, for storing the rainwater for the use in the drought periods, to the extent that there are sample cases, such as - - , in which Mr. Larry Curran's premises is not connected to the city-water grid, but all live with the harvested rainwater, however, there is a lot of rainfall, in his place, but considering water conservation measures, it will also be practical in dry climates without too much rains. It will be also much advantageous catching the rainwater, in a place where it inherits potential energy, capable of free flowing to the end users. An example, in this regards is described on:, as well.

In fact, the logic behind the large dams’ construction, worldwide, has been the storing of the rainwater runoff, for the water use in the drought periods, and flash flood control, amongst other benefits, however, in the meantime losing a lot of water by seepage and evaporation and the environmental adverse consequences.

There are many measures for storing the rainwater, but in this article, a new concept; named as "Above-Ground Qanat" or a version thereof; the "Hooman-Mashallah Spring," - after the name of the late HOOMAN FARZAAD (1913 – 2005,) - is introduced for pilot trials worldwide, for free without any obligation thereof, like license fees or the like (the environmental know-how’s have to be freely available to all, anyway.)

In fact, while considering rainwater harvesting measures, where the harvested rainwater could reach the consumers; while inheriting potential energy with enough pressure; pieces of puzzle matched each other, forming the concept, as described; along with a complimentary wise comment thereon; on the linked-in discussions on: ,

obtained from Mr. Bill Harned (Experienced Developer/Project Manager,, Miami, Florida.)

In a nutshell, via building a few "Hooman-Mashallah Springs" ovrer an abandoned barren ravine / valley, at terraced elevations, one could convert its slope sides, into oasis cultivated green surfaces, providing wildlife guzzlers, as well and in the meantime maintaining a gravity power source of water to a community downhill. This concept really deserves a try. Any helping hands? It is free to apply; comments are most welcome.

It is assumed that via the application of this concept on the city environs / hinter lands, and the adaptation of the rainwater harvesting and storm-water management measures, in parallel, in urban areas; enough water could be maintained in many places. Yes we must catch the rainwater on time and on the spot, whenever and wherever it rains; preferably where inheriting potential energy, before running away from our reach; having in mind that the stored rainwater have to be kept in a manner to prevent smelling on aging.

In such an arrangement, many small check dams to be constructed on the existing water basin, on appropriate locations, on the water basins, as discussed in this concept; then the outlets to be piped to each other, replacing the demolished cancelled large dams, for supplying gravity flowing water to the users downstream.

In fact this scheme is in line with the logic followed on the following article, as well:

The Gravity-Bind Flow of the Freshwater on the Planet Earth Has to Be By-passed!

Best regards,

Mashallah Ali-Ahyaie