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World Water Day: Valuing Water as Priceless Gift to Mankind

Shivam Dwivedi
Shivam Dwivedi
Water Crisis
World Water Day

Water means different to different people. For many people it’s just a liquid that is essential for their daily needs; to some, it is valuable and priceless life- giving source of energy. A digital campaign is going across countries i.e. #Water2me, aims to generate conversations and gather views and ideas from people around the world about water and what it means to them and how much they value water. How is water important to their home and family life, their livelihood, their cultural practices, wellbeing and their local environment?

Origin of World Water Day:

Going back to 1992, United Nations Conference on Environment and Development took place in Rio de Janeiro. That same year, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution by which 22 March of each year was declared as World Water Day. Since then this day is celebrated every year to raise the awareness about the importance of water and also tells us about how 2.2 billion people are living without access to safe water.

Problem of Water Scarcity: 

Globally, ground water level is depleting at faster pace leading to the replacement of cultivable land into infertile arid land. This problem of water scarcity is further accelerating the existing problem of food security at global level. In case of India, water problem is very acute, nearly half the country’s population faces high-to-extreme water stress and about 200,000 die each year due to inadequate access to safe water. You may not know it, or feel it yet, but every aspect of our society and economy is impacted by this worsening situation. In fact, NITI Aayog described it as “the worst water crisis” in India’s history.

India’s stand:

These International days are the occasions to educate the public on issues of concern, to mobilize political will and resources to address these water problems. Realizing the problem of water depletion Ministry of Jal Shakti of India has already launched Jal Shakti Abhiyaan in collaboration with Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan to promote rainwater harvesting among public with the tagline, “Catch the rain, where it falls, when it falls”. As rainwater harvesting is the cost- effective way to recharge the ground water level and also it is neither energy- intensive nor labour- intensive. Tamil Nadu was the first state to make rooftop rainwater harvesting compulsory for every building to avoid groundwater depletion.

Government of India have also worked with State and District officials in these water-stressed districts of the country to promote water conservation and water resource management by focusing on accelerated implementation of five target interventions i.e. water conservation & rainwater harvesting, renovation of traditional and other water bodies/tanks, reuse and recharge of bore wells, water shed development and intensive afforestation. With these five targets, huge awareness has been generated and various stakeholders, like government department, agencies, NGOs, officials, Panchayats, individuals, etc. have started taking steps for water conservation.

Above all, we as an individual should take some innovative steps to conserve water and also by adopting sustainable way of life and make judicious use of water in our daily life. By using recycled wastewater also allow to reduce scarcity and ease pressures on groundwater and other natural water bodies. So let us make a world where even a single drop of water is not dropped. Save Water Save Life!

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