Jotiram Pawar, a farmer in Satara district of Maharashtra, has successfully linked the wells in his village and created a community water bank. During the summer when wells go dry, sharing the water helps keep the crops alive. Some 30 wells have been interlinked and 150 acres of dry farmland in Dhavadshi village is irrigated even in the lean summer season. 
Pawar was inspired by the river interlinking project that he had been hearing about since he was in class 10. He received support from Satara-based dental surgeon Avinash Pol and the two then convinced other farmers to join them. The target wells were connected with pipelines and the water was lifted by electric motors. Initially farmers who had wells were reluctant to share their precious resource with those who were dependent on rains for irrigation. The project cost Rs 7 lakh and 11,000 ft of pipeline was laid for the network. The farmers shared the cost of the project and no government aid was sought. The water is shared at a nominal cost. Now bunds are being constructed to ensure that the groundwater table remains stable. Inspired by the Dhavadshi model, neighbouring villages are connecting wells to prevent drought too.