Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy today stressed the importance of sustainable technology for water and waste water treatment suitable to the conditions of the state. Inaugurating the second IndianGerman Water Partnershipday2014 German Solutions to Indian Challenges in Kochi, he said although several parts of the state was facing acute drinking water scarcity in the summer, there were great potential for overcoming such problems using proper technology.
The best example is the possibility of desalination of semi saline back waters of Kerala, cost effective decentralized and location specific desalination plants, the water scarcity problem of the coastal areas can be address to a great extent, he pointed out. Pointing out that treatment of waste water was another area that needed urgent attention in the state, Mr Chandy said I am glad that waste water treatment is an important part of the deliberations in this summit. The experience of the German experts with the technologies which have been fine turned to the local conditions shall be of immense value for the state.
Stating that the state had around 46 lakh open wells and was known for having maximum domestic well density in the world, the Chief Minister said ‘the state is keen in encouraging recharging of rain water into domestic ope wells.’ ‘Rejuvenation of this vital drinking water resource is given high importance. My government has given top priority for en of water and also for treatment waster water,’ he added. Admitting that clean and safe water was becoming an important limitation in the state, Mr Chandy said though the state was being received an annual average rainfall of three meters every year, due to the peculiar topography separated by mountains, midlands and coastal region, 95 per cent of the rain water flowed to the sea within hours.
Stating that the government was committed to make natural as artificial collection of rain water in view of the reported scarcity of safe water and water borne diseases and instances of epidemics, he said ‘the state has earmarked several schemes for construction of check dams over rivers, streams and canals. Such projects from local self government institutions are given special attention.’ Bangalore German Consul General Jorn Rohde also spoke on the occassion.
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