Industry should come forward with financially feasible solutions to address challenges in water sector: Rawat

Last Updated: Thu, Feb 21, 2013 06:40 hrs

Union Water Resources Minister Harish Rawat has urged industry to come forward with technical and financially feasible solutions to address the challenges in the water sector in the country- particularly in the field of recycling and reuse of water, water conservation and ground water re-charge.

Addressing the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry's Conference on 'Sustainable Safe Drinking Water in India' here yesterday, Rawat said industries have the advantage of professionalism, with technical and managerial excellence and for the PHD Chamber, being a premier organization these interventions of the industrial sector, will not only increase the water use efficiency, but also address the water related challenges in the country.

"There is also need to develop user friendly, and economical technologies, for water treatment, for widespread use in the areas, affected by water quality problems. Research for in situ-treatment of aquifer may also be pursued by the Research Institutes, with active participation of the Government, in the areas where geo-genic contamination, for example arsenic and fluoride contamination is high," he said.

"Till we could develop some feasible technology, it is our duty to provide piped water to such habitations. For this purpose, a closer coordination is required, between the Ministries, NGOs and industries. There are thousands of examples, where Governments are providing safe drinking water, through long pipeline networks," he added.

Asserting that the government is committed to provide all kind of assistance, to achieve the goal of safe drinking water, to all of our population, Rawat said: "d Continuous depletion of ground water is another area of our concern. Aquifer is our reserve bank, which holds the key to our water security. We are continuously pursuing with the State Governments, to enact the Model Bill on Ground Water Legislation, for better control and management.

"We are emphasing with the State Governments, to include roof top water harvesting, in the by-laws for the commercial and governmental buildings. For ground water recharging, our focus is to encourage the construction of small water conservation structures, which are easily doable, and need no high technology," he said.

"Technical assistance is also being provided by the Central Ground Water Board, in identification of contamination free aquifers, for augmentation of drinking water supplies, in the affected areas. Water quality of surface water, and ground water is monitored, on regular basis, by Central Water Commission, and Central Ground Water Board, respectively, to identify the water quality hot spots, and evolving remedial measures thereof," he added.

He further said: "National Water Mission, one of the eight Missions, under the National Action Plan for Climate Change, has been launched by our Ministry, with the objective of "conservation of water, minimizing wastage and ensuring its more equitable distribution, both across and within States, through integrated water resources development and management".

"This will also go a long way, for ensuring water use efficiency, and conservation of water, including drinking water supplies," he added. (ANI)

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