Save Water Campaign: Budgeting Water

 

It was only after their Talukas were declared dry zones, Varud and Morshi in Amravati region took the message of water conservation seriously. Now, the villagers have taken the mission to such a level that it has set an example of water budget for entire Maharashtra state. 

The two talukas being one of the largest orange growing regions in the state, the orange cultivators in the state used the water resource available in the resin at such a level that the state declared it as dry zone region. Water from wells, bore wells, rivers among others was used to the fullest resulting in the water shortage in the two talukas. 

Under the scheme National Drinking Water Security Pilot Project, 190 villages in these talukas have started making an annual water budget for their respective village. This is a pilot project started in 10 states in the country and 15 blocks. 

Considering the fact that water is now valuable as money is, like the annual budget of the nation, states and different cities, these villages have now started making water budget too. 

Villagers now take take significance of water conservation into consideration, how it could be maintained and also plan the usage of water. Now the availability of water is also considered before planning the cultivation in this state. 

The main intention of this project is to make people aware of importance of water and how its usage should be planned informed Shweta Banerjee, bloke development officer. 

There are water resources available in the region in various forms like wells, dams, lakes, bore-wells among others. But villagers hardly know how to maintain the water and how to use it efficiently so that there is no wastage of water. 

Under this water budget, the villagers are taught to count water saved in the villages. As one maintain the record of the village funds, now similar record is being maintained of water too and accordingly its usage is also planned. 

Initially, there was ample of water available in these two talukas, but the water was exhausted due to excessive use of water for orange cultivation. The used water for orange farming was never restored and hence it resulted in the region being dry zone. All this made them realise the importance of water conservation. Now the villagers are being taught to measure the depth level of wells, water saving capacity of dams and lakes and according they make their water budget.

What surprising about this project is its presence of women in the city. Women are the one who are directly affected with the shortage of water. Considering the same fact, women in the villages have come ahead and are working hand in hand with men and are in the forefront for this planning. 

Rainfall in the region, rivers, wells, lakes, dams among others is now considered as the water bank in this region and accordingly these 190 villages in two talukas are planning their water usage. 

On this day of World Water Day, this work by the villagers is worth appreciating as their remarkable work has given a ray of hopes to entire Maharashtra during this drought period. 

 

PRAVIN MANOHAR

Amravati

 

 

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