POINT OUT DIALOGUE FOR WATER- March 4, 2018

POINT OUT DIALOGUE FOR WATER

4th March 2018

New Delhi

WE NEED TO CONSERVE WATER FOR THE PRESENT & THE FUTURE GENERATION

Water is a finite resource, although water appears to be abundant, three-fourth of Earth’s surface is covered by water bodies but 97 per cent of this water is present in oceans as salt water which is unfit for human consumption. We can’t just count on government to protect our water resources; it is our duty to protect our water resources. Keeping in mind the current situation of water resources, it has become very important now to create a platform where we can spread the awareness and talk about the possible solution. Keeping in mind the current situation of water resources, it has become very important now to create a platform where we can spread the awareness and talk about the possible solution. Union Minister of State for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation addressed POINT OUT DIALOGUE FOR WATER, ‘ the use of bucket for bathing instead of Tub or shower, to avoid the wastage of water’, he said. Water can be easily saved at home in the kitchen and bathroom. The Water is a critical resource for human survival. If we fail to conserve water, the present and the future generation will be facing water problems not only for indoor and outdoor household purposes but also for agricultural sector.

 We need to conserve water for the present and the future generation and use it efficiently. Save water and water will save you. That was the message at a POINT OUT DIALOGUE FOR WATER hosted by POINT OUT group.

The excerpts of the POINT OUT DIALOGUE are as follows

ARJUN RAM MEGHWAL

Union Minister of State for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation

“Our body is made of 5 elements and so is our universe. We should conserve water at our own end; we should use bucket for bathing instead of Tub or shower, to avoid the wastage of water. State water disputes are one of the main concerns of our country, which will end soon with the help of single tribunal with fixed time-line. One cannot use water to any extent just because he or she is paying hotel for a night, there should be a meter in every hotel to measure the usage of water by the guests and to put penalty on the guests who will waste water unnecessarily. There should be a proper regulation on water usage by the people, just because it is available to you that doesn’t mean you can waste it. Our rivers today are full of toxic waste and pollutants. Rivers like Ganga and Yamuna are facing a threat and so is human life. We should keep our rivers clean as they are the main resource of water for us.’’

“It is believed that when a river is lost it flows below the surface. Sarasvati River which is supposed to be lost over 4000 years ago is not a myth anymore. Parts of Sarasvati were discovered in Nachana, a place in Rajasthan where I and my team were digging the wells to extract water but what we found was water which was coming up with a force.’’

ANIL KHAITAN

President, PHD Chamber of commerce

“Water and oxygen are available to us in abundance that’s why we don’t value them, but we forget that we have only 2.5–2.75% is fresh water, including 1.75–2% frozen in glaciers, ice and snow, 0.5–0.75% as fresh groundwater and soil moisture, and less than 0.01% of it as surface water in lakes, swamps and rivers.  The problem with our country is that we have extremely poor storage facilities. In a survey in 2016; India has been named as the worst country for numbers of people have access to safe water. Despite of having a good amount of rainfall we face this water crises because we don’t harvest rain water, we only harvest 6% of the rain water. There are still many villages in India which don’t have access to the piped water but Tamil Nadu is an exception, it is compulsory for everyone there to harvest rain water and that’s why ground water level is high there. Government from last few years is active in making policies for water, like ministry of drinking water has allotted 600 crore for piped water and 2000 crore for Ganga cleaning.”

G S DAMOR

Former Bureaucrat & Social Worker

“India is an agriculture centric country where water plays an important role but we still don’t have any water budgeting at a national level, we need water budgeting in our country. If we talk about Madhya Pradesh, their major river which is Narmada is still very clean and you can even drink its water without purification, this is because Madhya Pradesh government has planted trees in 3 km radius of the river.  The quality of ground water in Madhya Pradesh is not that good that’s why they are focusing on surface water. Almost 70% of Madhya Pradesh population is rural and they are provided water through the medium of hand pumps. The goal is to make clean water available to everyone by 2022 and the government is working actively towards this goal.”

S K SINGH

Professor, Delhi Technological University

 “We have an adequate rainfall in India but sill we face this problem of water shortage, it is because we don’t know how to use that rainfall, we don’t do rain water harvesting. We have water but that is not safe to drink. Rivers have self cleaning capability but due to urbanization and industrialization rivers lost their self purifying capability. We produce about 750 million gallon sewage per day, where our capacity to treat the water is 512 million gallon per day. The problem is not only this but the problem is that most of the sewage don’t reach the water treatment plants; when there is no proper treatment of water it goes straight to our rivers and pollute them. There should be a decentralized sewage treatment concept and more than that we should take responsibility and treat water at our own level.’’

SUBI CHATURVEDI

Public Policy Professional & Columnist

“We think that water is in abundance that’s why we don’t need to save it, and why not we have about ¾ part of water on earth, but that water is not portable, we cannot drink that water or use for our daily needs. We should practice Rain water harvesting, Sustainable development and planting trees for the conservation of water. We worship our rivers not only because they are holy but because life flows in rivers, our focus should be on making our rivers clean. We need a strict law and fine on polluting water bodies. People die of water diseases and diarrhea, these life threatening diseases can be avoided if we start to keep our water bodies clean, we must keep our water bodies as clean as we keep water at our home.”

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