By Samanvaya Team Members:
Mangalore 9th July:The Eco Club of BM High School, Ullal and Samanvaya Mangalore had jointly organized training on Rain Water Harvesting at High School hall on 08-07-2008. Mrs B. Padmavathi, Headmistress of BM High School inaugurated the programme and also Vanamahotsava by planting a sapling in a pot.
“Water Conservation is a social responsibility. No source of clean water must be polluted. If chemicals or industrial effluents get mixed with water, we cannot purify it and we shall be losing this precious source of life. This planet of ours has only 0.28 % of clean, potable water and we have the responsibility of conserving it. Using water sparingly, not letting dirty water contaminate tanks, wells, streams and rivers are some of the ways of developing water resources. When we harden the soil for the construction of houses, complexes, roads it loses its capacity to absorb water. Therefore, attention must be paid to the percolation of water when these activities are taken up” said the resource person Rev. Dr Ronald Cutinha, the Director of Samanvaya. The slides showing the preparation of soak pits, collection of roof water, construction of bunds, vent dams and of different models of rainwater harvesting helped the participants understand water conservation methods fully.
Mr Yogish K. welcomed, Mrs Jayavanthi Soans proposed vote of thanks and Mrs Anitha Linet compeered. Mrs Dhanalaxmi, Eco Club incharge read the annual report of the club. Ms Agnes Granroth from London was the chief guest. 175 members participated in this programme. This is the 123rd training programme on Rain Water Harvesting conducted by Samanvaya in D.K. and Udupi districts.
Edited and Published By Raj Francis Pereira