Oct 06



It is said “The wars of the twenty-first century will be fought over water”. We keep reading in newspapers about people being killed in water disputes. Water is life. Water truly is everywhere; still most take it for granted.

Water is a key component in determining the quality of our lives. Contrary to the past, our recently developed technological society has become indifferent to this miracle of life. Our natural heritage, the lakes, rivers, seas and oceans, has been exploited, mistreated and contaminated. So much so that today, treatment of water for drinking is no longer a luxury, it is a necessity!

Integrated water management is vital for poverty reduction, environmental sustenance and sustainable economic development. National Water Policy (2002) envisages that the water resources of the country should be developed and managed in an integrated manner. Clean water is an investment in the future of our country.

It is necessary to discuss the issue of water with a regional perspective as water knows no boundaries. To do justice to this approach, I hope to quickly recapitulate some of the challenges we are facing regarding water in this region.

There is depletion of ground water due to over extraction, salt water intrusion into the aquifers, poor ground water recharge from the rains, contamination from open defecation, garbage, and industrial waste etc. The waste water is not treated (and thus not available for re-use) and just runs off into the sea thereby polluting the environment.

Water is necessary for life and living. If we must survive as humanity, we must promote avenues for conserving potable and clean water for our consumption. We must not waste water. Like all other invaluable nature’s resources, water must not be wasted. Hence, it behoves individuals to ensure its consistent conservation domestically by constant maintenance of various gadgets and tools that transport water into the house as well as get it out.

Similarly, government must maintain and keep functional and void of leakages water pipelines. They should maintain various channels that augment water transportation in our urban and rural settlements.