An awareness workshop on the importance and conservation of water to observe the World Water Day was organised at Zilla Panchayat, on Tuesday.
The one-day workshop was organised by Zilla Panchayat in association with Department for Rural Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation was inaugurated by Regional Commissioner A M Kunjappa.
Delivering the inaugural address A M Kunjappa said, “Scarcity of water is one of the important issues that is dominating the nation today. Most of the rural areas are reeling under acute shortage of water. The groundwater level is decreasing by the day due to climate change and unseasonal rainfall. Over exploitation of groundwater by rampant drilling of borewells has only contributed to misuse of water. In a scenario such as this, there is an urgent need to conserve every drop of water. Sooner, the situation will grow worse.”
“The water level in KRS dam has reached dead storage level and would further dip and we will not be able to draw water. That apart in many areas the quality of water supplied is poor and not potable. We have to focus on that as well. Adopting drip irrigation method while growing sugarcane, depending on light crop during summer rather than giving importance to paddy when there is shortage of water are some of the methods that can prove beneficial,” he said.
“This time even Kodagu, Sringeri and other places have been declared drought-prone areas due to drop in intensity of rainfall. That apart misuse and contamination of water are also major issues contributing to shortage of water. We need to educate people on water issues and raise the water literacy rate,” he added.
A booklet on groundwater was released on the occasion. CEO of Zilla Panchayat P A Gopal, Journalist Lokesh Kayarga, U N Ravikumar, Ramesh Kikkeri, Suma D P and others were present.