During 4 years, American journalist Victoria Lautman has travelled across India in search of Bâoli, majestic structures built centuries ago in order to save rainwater. Today, most of them have dried up and are now almost completely abandoned. With these photographs, the journalist hopes to raise awareness among this problem.

Neemrana Baoli in Neemrana, Rajasthan.

Helical Vav in Champaner.

Rani ki Vav in Patan.

Rudabai Vav in Adalaj.

Dada Harir Vav in Ahmedabad.

Some stepwells, like the Mertani Baoli in Jhunjhunu are treated like garbage dumps.

Bhamaria Vav in Mehmedabad.