190 ‘Jaldoot’ to promote water literacy on school, college level
NASHIK: In a serious bid to promote water literacy in order to avert future water crisis and secure future water supplies, as many as 190 ‘Jaldoot’, representatives appointed by government, will promote water literacy through awareness programmes on school, college, government and semi-govt offices levels.
A divisional water literacy workshop was organised on Tuesday by Yashda’s Water Literacy Centre at Niyojan Bhavan in the district collectorate here.
Executive director of Water Literacy Centre, Sumant Pande, director Anand Pursavale and executive engineer of water resources department Sagar Shinde attended the workshop in which volunteers working for water literacy mission and office bearers of various water-use agencies were present.
“Water literacy is the need of the hour. It’s high time that public awareness should be created on efficient and careful use of water. Natural water streams of potable water are diminishing rapidly and the available water sources are getting polluted.
The ground water is also depleting on account of borewell and other man-made resources of water. This will create a serious water problem in times to come. Proper planning, careful use of existing water sources and resources is necessary,” Pande expressed.
Further adding that all the government and private agencies working on water issues need to be united to achieve a desired goal. The workshop will train ‘Jalsevak’ on taluka level, ‘Jaldoot’ on district level and ‘Jalyoddha’ on state level.
By the year 2030, about 64% people will migrate for water, the workshop warned.Considering of Maharashtra, 93% of the state is occupied by hard rock or Deccan trap basalt, which has a very low water storage capacity. Due to this, in future state may face severe water crisis.