Civic body launches week-long save-water campaign in nodes
NAVI MUMBAI: The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) will be following week-long awareness campaign on water conservation as per the directives of the Maharashtra government to observe the Jal Jagruti Saptah.
The week-long campaign has been announced by the state across Maharashtra as part of its intensive efforts to fight drought conditions and water shortage all over. The conclusive day of the week will also mark World Water Day which is an international day as recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED).
Officials said the civic body has started the week with notices through various mediums explaining people the situation of water crisis in Navi Mumbai and urging them to participate in the conservation of water.
“We are appealing to people through various mediums to conserve water in their day to day use for which they require minimum efforts. Simple measures like closing the tap when not in use, instruct housemaids to not keep water running while washing clothes and utensils, not wasting water while washing vehicles or society premises can go a long way in saving good amount of water,” said Arvind Shinde, executive engineer, water department of NMMC.
“The water scenario is critical all over the state and people should think about it on a larger scale. The idea behind the water conservation week is to reach out to the people and spread the message of using water with care and avoid wastage so that it can last till the onset of next rains,” said NMMC commissioner Dinesh Waghmare.
Officials said that during the week-long awareness campaign, the corporation will be conducting several activities and involve as many people as it can.
“As per the directives, we will organise street plays, poetry recital, school students’ visits to dams and various contests for college students,” said an official.
Meanwhile, experts working to emphasis the conservation of water stressed that judicious use of water is the need of the hour.
“Since water is easily available at low cost, people do not realise the importance of preserving water. The state is encountering one of the worst crisis however still the awareness on saving water is almost absent,” said Punam Singavi, founder-president Thane based organisation Hariyali which works towards this cause across city.