Integrated Water Resource Management - IWRM

Saving every drop of water

Yogesh Agrawal
Started by Yogesh Agrawal on
02 Jul 2015 at 08:34
Water Resources Advisor and Consultant
Know-how: Water Resource Management, Urban Drainage System, Storm Water Management, Design & Construction, Dams

H'ble P.M. Mr. Narendra Modi gave message to every citizen of India to save every drop of water. Every citizens of India may like to follow his advice. But many ministries & departments of govt. of India & state governments ( like water resources, drainage, revenue, road, mining, forest, local self government, employment generation schemes) are responsible for wastage of water. MoWR & CWC allow construction of dams, canals at govt. cost, but not allow construction of field channels in farmers fields at govt. cost resulting in water use efficiency of about 50 %.


The countries like Australia have water use efficiency (W.U.E.) of about 80 to 90 percent. The major cause of lesser W.U.E. is non construction of field channels in farmer fields by the Govt. at Govt. cost. Other reason is inadequate training by the agriculture department to farmers for best practices to use irrigation water. The other departments like road etc are constructing roads and other structures in the natural water way obstructing natural flow of rain water in natural water ways like rivers and their tributaries. A detailed discussion is available in my article “Lakes and their preservation” available at . Until and unless our prime minister Mr Narendra Modi make corrections in government policies, dream of saving of every drop of water may not come true.


Sameer Dohare
Yes, you are right Sir.
Government policies are way behind in implementation.
There are various initiatives, like subsidy in drip irrigation, were already taken by the Government to reduce the water consumption and increase the water utilization in agriculture.
However, due to lacking in implementation of policies as well as training, Government should at least plan the field channels, which will be simpler task for implementation in the current system, for best possible water utilization.
Also, land survey should be strictly checked, prior to the construction of roads, to restrict the water logging during the monsoon.
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