Towards water conservation practices and better water managementWater is the most precious resource of our society. Though we do have enough rivers, they become dry in summer and we do not have very healthy practices of preserving whatever water we get.
How do we go about rectifying the problem? How do we educate our farmers on water conservation methods, how do we teach them things like drip irrigation, and the benefits of organic farming methods where, one is told, we can do with less water?
These are some questions for which we need to seek active participation from a very wide society of people. For example, if case studies of successful practices can be shared, such case studies will become the focus point for more meaningful discussion and action.
What is needed is real action. There is no use of merely understanding the problem. We need to address the more fundamental issues of water conservation and rain water harvesting. Once we have data on our hands it becomes far more easy to act.
For example, in Coimbatore city, there is this excellent organization called "Siruthuli" which translates into small drops in English. As the name itself implies, this organization has in the forefront of excellent practices of water conservation and has saved the ukkadam lake in Coimbatore city, from the encroachment threat.
We need many more examples like this, to enable community participation on a much wider scale. Readers may please contribute case studies in this regard, so that this discussion can become more meaningful.