‘Teach kids about water conservation’

‘Teach kids about water conservation’
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‘Teach Kids About Water Conservation’. Prof Ramakrishna Ramaswamy, Vice-Chancellor of UoH, encouraged students to come up with innovative ideas on conservation of water for future generations.

Include water management in school syllabus: Experts

State like Goa gets almost 300cm of rainfall, but uses only 2 per cent of it, Whereas, Hyderabad despite receiving rainfall between 80-110cms, falls short of water in summer due to improper utilisation

Hyderabad: Experts and academicians stressed the need to include water management, a compulsory lesson from primary school level to create awareness on the usage and conservation of water.

“The water bodies are slowly drying up due to global warming and irresponsible policies. The future generations will face huge scarcity if no corrective measures are taken. The people should be informed of the dangers and young minds should be advised properly,” they felt.

Speaking at a national conference on “Water Resources Management” held at Prof C R Rao AIMSCS Auditorium here at the University of Hyderabad, experts called for a specific action plan on water management.

Dr S S C Shenoi, Director INCOIS, said, “The daily requirement of water for a human being per day is 90 litres. Though we have enough water resources, it needs to be utilised judiciously.”

He added that a State like Goa gets almost 300cms of rainfall but uses only 2 per cent of it. Whereas, Hyderabad despite receiving rainfall between 80-110cms falls short of water in summer due to improper utilisation of it.

“Australia manages water with only one river in the country, it is the responsibility of every individual to conserve water and help in equitable distribution to all,” he said. Dr Soumya Iyer, president of APGEOS, warned that water will get infected with pathogens if not treated properly. “There is uneven water resource management in Hyderabad, hence there is a need to create awareness among the children, students and professionals,” she felt.

T Hanumantha Rao, former Engineer-in-chief and UN consultant, underlined the need to plan for more dams, canals and tanks in catchment areas. There is an urgent need to encourage and develop Tribal Irrigation. He also suggested river navigation should be improved as it makes transport cheaper and has a wider reach apart from generating employment.

Prof Ramakrishna Ramaswamy, Vice-Chancellor of UoH, encouraged students to come up with innovative ideas on conservation of water for future generations.

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