‘Only 2.5 per cent of water resources are fresh in nature’
On earth only 2.5 per cent of water resources are fresh in nature, but even this little quantum is solidified as ice in Polar regions leaving only about 0.5 per cent fresh water in the plain areas.
Ground Water Department Deputy Director A. Varaprasad, explained that water was either on the surface as rivers or streams, ponds or lakes or as groundwater, beneath the surface.
At a seminar organised in Siddartha Pharma College to educate students on ‘Water Conservation and Management’ as a part of ‘Yuvata-Jalabhavita’ programme organised by the Ground Water Department, he added that growing population associated with pollution, urbanisation, global warming, climatic changes, monsoonal vagaries etc., was causing stress on the fresh water resources and many areas on the globe were facing water shortage.
College Principal G. Devala Rao said that every student should know the other aspects of society in addition to their core subject and water conservation was one of them. Everybody should know and practise water conservation at individual level.
The Indian government had declared 2013 as ‘Water Conservation Year’ and with a view to educate people on water conservation and management, the department was organising novel programmes for high school and college level students in the name of Jalambadi and Yuvata-Jalabhavita.
Mr. Rao also said that people view water as a free commodity and feel that it was available in good quantum. They also feel that nothing would happen even if we use water abundantly. This kind of perception leads to water wastage, misuse, overuse, indiscriminate use and ineffective use, he opined.
While focusing on the wastage of water done by the people at their individual level in the day to day affairs the students were informed that much water is being wasted due to running taps while brushing, shaving, shower-bathing, gardening, cleaning of house floors, utensils, cars etc.
The college students, principal and staff took an oath to conserve water resources.