NASHIK: Citing unequal quantum of rain and availability of water in different parts of the state, director general of MERI, C M Birajdar has asserted that there is a need to use water wisely without wasting it. He emphasised on re-use of water to avoid future scarcity.
He was speaking at the inauguration of water awareness week (Jaljagruti Saptah) organised at Niyojan Bhawan in district collectorate here. Addl district collector Kanhuraj Bagate, dy collector (resident) Ramdas Khedkar, chief engineer R M Upasani, Ishwar Chaudhari, supdt engineer C N Mali, Rajesh More and agriculture official T N Jagtap were present.
“We have to face water scarcity due to excessive use of it irrespective of ample availability of water. The yearly average rainfall is insufficient to meet water consumption needs of the growing population,” said Birajdar.
“There is an urgent need to enhance underground water resources and avoid excessive use of water. Use of micro irrigation system for farming will help fulfil drinking water needs,” he said adding “there is a need to spread water awareness in every household by becoming “jaldoot”.
Earlier, a pledge to save water was administered after performing ‘jalpoojan’ of the water collected in a ‘kalash’ from as many as 11 rivers including Godavari, Mausam, Girna, Punad, Unanda, Kadva, Baanganga, Darna, Vaitarna, Kashyapi and Kadwa.
Meanwhile, to mark the ‘water awareness week’, the water resources department has organised over 200 water awareness programmes across the region till March 22.