“At the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio De Janerio, an international day to celebrate freshwater was recommended and the United Nations General Assembly responded by designating 22nd March 1993 as the first World Water Day,” says Dr Manjunath from the Agricultural University in Dharward.
The main objective of this day is to create awareness, as appropriate in the national context, to conduct concrete activities such as the promotion of public awareness on water-related issues.Each year, UN-Water — the entity that coordinates the UN’s work on water and sanitation — sets a theme for World Water Day corresponding to current or future challenges.
“Over the past three years, Karnataka has been consistently seeing 15% to 20% water shortage. This is a situation of great concern and needs to be addressed immediately,” adds Dr Manjunath.
A measure to start starting action on the depleting water levels in Bangalore city is to start rainwater harvesting at each house. Unfortunately, a miss in the seasonal rain today means staring into a drought-like situation, whereas if the rainfall is more than usual, there is the fear of floods.
Taking up micro-irrigation, and storing water in wells and ponds, is the solution that Dr Manjunath recommends for agriculture-related water stresses. “More crop per drop of water is the standard statement we use to give awareness to farmers at Krishi Agriculture University. Eight crore litres of water is conserved at the University,” says Dr Manjunath.
In 1986 Krishi Agriculture University, Dharward had won the National Productivity Award for their unique solutions for Rain Water Harvesting.
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