Technologies for Efficient Water Utilization in the Village of Maira, Punjab
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Water is a natural resource for sustaining life and environment. Effective and sustainable management of water resources is vital for ensuring sustainable development. In the transboundary basin of Punjab, management of water has not been considered as an integral part of water. People think that abundant resource doesn’t need to be managed. The source of water is from the ground. The ground water level may not be stable because of seasonal changes and due to over usage of ground water for production purposes in factories. Even though the ground water is available, due to inefficient and unregulated distribution system, it is not distributed properly to the houses causing water shortage. Especially, the crisis of water in village during morning chores is the live example of such situations. Lack of sanitation services makes the surroundings polluted and unhealthy place to live. Village people lack awareness about conservation of water. Certain measures should be taken to implement the water conservation methods. Water management is too fundamental, unsustainable if it cannot be upheld or defended. It needs the combined initiative and action of all, which makes sense about the socio-economic development. The proposed paper describes about the present water scenario, drinking water scenario, water management and challenges faced by people.
KeywordsLive-in-Labs® Rural development Sustainable water management Water storage method Domestic usage of water
This research was funded by Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham’s Live-in-Labs® program and the field implementation was funded by the UN-recognized NGO, MA Math. The authors express their immense gratitude to Sri. Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, Chancellor of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, who has inspired them in performing selfless service to society. The authors also thank the faculty members, staff, and students of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, the government officials of the district of Gurdaspur, Punjab, and staff of the Amrita Self Reliant Villages (Amrita SeRVe) program.
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