Aquaguard Har Ek Boond, an initiative by Republic Media Network aims to spread awareness about the looming water crisis to the entire population of India and make this a mass movement. It's high time that the common man becomes water wise and takes actions to find every possible solution to fight the water crisis in the country. Water is one of the most important elements necessary for the survival of human beings. However, today, a major lack of safe clean water is staring right at our faces. In alarming times like this, it is necessary that every citizen in the country is aware of the situation and takes the measures to overcome the same.
With Har Ek Boond, we are collaborating with experts who have devoted their lives to water conservation and management. These water guards have been working for years to spread awareness about the need for water reservation in numerous parts of India. Our water guards Ayappa Masagi, AR Shivakumar, Ramveer Tanwar and Jyoti Sharma will be exploring parts of India to analyze and prepare a set of recommendations that will be proposed to the government as ultimate solutions to the water crisis in India. The government and many non-profit organisations are already adopting measures to promote water management.
The government of India has formed the Jal Shakti Ministry that is specially dedicated to deal with the problems that people are facing due to gradual exhaustion of freshwater. The Jal Shakti Ministry has the groundwater level monitored in 6800 blocks of the country. A team of joint secretaries, hydrologists and engineers have been appointed in 1500 blocks spread across 256 districts that are water stressed because of overexploitation in some parts and critical level of exploitation in others. The team will be creating more awareness and finding techniques for water body rejuvenation, groundwater recharge and reservation.
“Today, with proper management of the water that we get from rains and glaciers, we can very soon become a water secure nation.”- Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Minister of Jal Shakti, Government of India.
Water crisis is a global level calamity, yet there are countries that have managed to curb the situation. One such example is Israel, a country which turned from a water stressed nation to a water surplus nation. Even with 60% of the country’s land consisting of deserts and average rainfall across the country being not more than 100 mm, the Middle Eastern state has managed to do something which India with an average rainfall of 1068 mm is yet to achieve. Israel has managed to create alternate sources of water through desalinization, recycling and rainwater harvesting. The government helps in educating children about water conservation. The farmers are also trained to use irrigation methods that require less water and yet, are more efficient.
“I think both India and Israel are societies that consider water to be holy. That’s how we can become water respecting societies. When people are connecting with the essence of their emotions and religion, they will be more aware and conscious about the necessity of water.” Maya Kadosh, Deputy Chief of Mission, Israel Embassy, India
Har Ek Boond is a need of the hour initiative as a large section of the society is unaware or ignorant of the fact that there is major scarcity of safe usable water. However, since the situation in India, unlike many parts of the world is reversible, immediate action is required. There is no time left for deliberation and depending upon the administration. It is the common man that can take steps to save water and save the future.
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Watch to know more about the water crisis looming over us and the inspirational story of Israel that became a water surplus nation from a water deficient nation.