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DJB trying to mitigate water shortage through rationalisation

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New Delhi, Mar 22: While admitting that the capital was facing a shortage of water at present, the Delhi Jal Board said it was making efforts to mitigate the problem through measures like rationalisation of the water distribution system so as to minimise water scarcity.

Delhi has a total requirement of 900 million gallons per day whereas the total availability from different sources in Delhi is 650 Mgd, DJB CEO Arun Mathur said.

''To meet the shortage we had set up the Sonia Vihar water treatment plant where raw water from Uttar Pradesh was treated and hence an additional 140 mgd was available to Delhi. However, since Uttar Pradesh is yet to give to Delhi its share of 300 mgd from the Tehri project, there has arisen a shortage of water,'' Mr Mathur said.

To meet the shortage, he said the DJB was trying to tighten the system through rationalisation of water supply.

''Our effort is to try to minimise the scarcity through rationalising the water supply and maintaining an equitable distribution so that the gap between various areas in terms of the water distribution level is reduced, that is, ensuring that the situation of one area receiving ater for six hours a day while another getting water for just 15 minutes in two days does not arise,'' Mr Mathur said after launching, Mr Mathur said the reason for shortage of water in South Delhi areas was primarily because most of the raw water sources in the capital were in North Delhi and hence majority of the water treatment plants were situated in North Delhi areas from where the water was supplied to South Delhi through pipelines.

''From North Delhi to South Delhi is a long distance and hence the water has to be routed through a series of pipelines. So, by the time the water reaches these areas, it's pressure has been severely reduced. Hence the shortage,'' Mr Mathur said.

Earlier, launching the magazine, backed by EA water Pvt Ltd, India's leading water solution company, on the occasion of the World Water Day, Mr Mathur said it was most appropriate that a magazine to create awareness about water issues be launched on the occasion of the World Water Day. On the occasion of World water day, Mr Mathur related several"lesser known" facts about water; that 33 per cent of people have no accessto sanitation, that out of nearly eight billion population of the world expected by the year 2010, only one billion will have access towater, that women in Africa and Asia walk, on an average, for about six km a day to fetch water and the load they carry is equivalent to the weight of an airport luggage and that 60 per cent of all infant mortalityis water-related.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Kapil Gupta of the EA Water Pvt Ltd said the idea of launching the magazine was to create awareness about water-related issue to the general public.

''The objective is to help people make informed decisions about issues related to water as well as to encourage more and more of them to take up case of water conservation,''Mr Gupta said.

On the occasion of World Water Day, Water Aid, an international charity dedicated to help people escape the stranglehold of poverty and disease caused by living without safe water and sanitation, launched an intensive hand washing campaign to promote good hygeine and sanitation among school children and the genral public. The campaign was jointly launched by Union Minister for Rural Development Raghuvansh Prasad Singh and the Director General of Home Guards and Civil Defence Kiran Bedi.

In his welcome address on the occasion, Director, Policy and Partnership, at Water Aid, Asha Ramesh said the ''hand washing campaign'' was primarily targetted at children as they are seen as the key agents for change in the country.

''Once the hygiene message has been taken on board it is hoped that the children will take it forward to adulthood.'' During the course of the campaign, hand washing will be promoted through a high profile media initiative which includes a campaign song and two TV advertisements that are being aired on prime time TV channels throughout the country this week.

On the occasion, the Minister for Rural Development led the oath for children on hand washing while Ms Kiran Bedi and renowned Indian cricketer Kapil Dev released the campaign material followed by an interactive session with the children.

Water Aid partners, PRI members, children and community people from all the ten states where WAI works participated in the one day event.

At another function on the occasion of world Water day, Union Minister for Water Resources Saifuddin Soz launched a Rainwater harvesting project and released a short film 'Harness the flow'.

A cultural programme was also organised on the occasion wherein skits, songs, dances, poems, folklore on the unique place of water in our lives.

A group interaction was also held where RWAs shared best practices and brainstormed on solving water problems.

A painting competition for children was also held for children on the theme of water.

UNI

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