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Valvemen, engineers told to manage water distribution efficiently

By Our Staff Correspondent

MYSORE, MARCH 22. Valvemen and engineers attached to the Vani Vilas Water Works (VVWW) in the city have been instructed to manage the water distribution system efficiently to tide over the water crisis.

The Deputy Commissioner, Kumar G. Naik, who inaugurated the World Water Day celebrations here on Monday at a function organised by the Mysore Agenda Task Force (MATF), called upon the engineers to enhance the efficiency of the water distribution system so that water could be supplied to all areas impartially.

The Deputy Commissioner underlined the seriousness of the water crisis across the world and pointed out that soon the axiom, spending money like water, would have to be rephrased as "spending water like money."

The main objective of today's meeting was to direct all valvemen, inspectors, and engineers to manage water distribution effectively to ensure its equitable distribution to all areas. The MATF said it had received complaints from the people that the valvemen were playing mischief in operating valves. While water was supplied on a daily basis in some streets, the neighbouring streets received water only once in three days.

This had been attributed to the mischief played by the valvemen, the MATF representatives said.

M. Lakshamana, a member of the MATF, pointed out that the theme for this year's World Water Day was "Water for future." The theme had been selected to create awareness among people about the judiciously use of water and to conserve it for future.

Fresh water was a key to sustainable development and an essential input in food production and poverty reduction. Without adequate supply of safe water, all other development efforts were doomed to fail, he said.

He noted that more than 1.2 billion people around the world lacked access to safe drinking water, and close to 2.5 billion people lacked sanitation facilities. Only 63 per cent of India's population had access to safe drinking water.

Mr. Lakshmana said the MATF could take pride in the fact that it had pegged the water level at the Krishnaraja Sagar Reservoir at 72.92 ft. as on March 22, 2004, which, he said, had declined only by six ft. during the past three months when the water level stood at around 78 ft. This, he said, could be attributed to hectic lobbying by the MATF, which had successfully persuaded the authorities to conserve water.

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