Exhibition on water conservation opens

'Water is Life', a four-day exhibition underlining the need to conserve water, opened in the city Wednesday.

Put together by South Indian Education Society (SIES) and others, the exhibition has models prepared by students on processes such as rainwater harvesting, water treatment, bottling and cloud-seeding.

It will also feature talks by experts on water harvesting and purification and water-related documentaries.

R Chidambaram, principal scientific advisor to the prime minister who inaugurated the exhibition, said desalination of sea could generate a large volume of suitable water purity and still be economically feasible.

"There is a need for water literacy. Over 80% of water goes to agriculture where the use is poor. Wasteful use of water in agriculture also spreads pollutants. A holistic approach is, therefore, required to meet freshwater needs of the country," he said.

In the inaugural session, Rajendra Singh of Rajasthan, retired BMC engineer Prakash Limaye and Hiware Bazaar village in Ahmednagar district were awarded for outstanding work in water conservation and management.

Singh's work in water management and harvesting in Rajasthan led to revival of five rivers. Hiware Bazaar revived groundwater through watershed development and harvesting, while Limaye saved 50 million gallons a day by redirecting an overflowing Modak Sagar to Tansa lake.

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