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‘Water management is the responsibility of everyone’

Our Bureau Hyderabad | Updated on October 12, 2012 Published on October 12, 2012




Water security is the number one problem for humans, plants, animals and industries. Access to potable water is very important and its management is everybody’s business, said agriculture scientist, M.S. Swaminathan.

Inaugurating a safe drinking water plant set up by WaterNet, a Hyderabad-based social enterprise here today, he said ground water, river beds, wells and tanks are going dry, and capturing rain water is important. Re-cycling sewage water must be compulsory in all industries, he opined.

Community efforts

The problem of water security can be tackled by community efforts. The safe drinking water plants being set up across the country can be helpful, he said.

WaterNet is focused on Andhra Pradesh and also in parts of Africa.

The Reverse Osmosis plant at the WaterNet Community Water Centre inaugurated today has been set up by WaterNet, a social enterprise, in association with M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF), and treats groundwater with reverse osmosis to provide pure and safe drinking water at a subsidised price of Rs 4-5 for a 20 litre can. Tagore Guttikonda, Chairman, WaterNet, said the plant has been set up at a cost of Rs 6.5 lakh as a Public-Private-Community Partnership programme. It has a capacity of 20,000 litres a day.

WaterNet will be responsible for the day-to-day operations and for the maintenance of the water centre for a period of 5 years, after which it can handed over to the Gram panchayat or to a committee.

somasekhar.m@thehindu.co.in

Published on October 12, 2012
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