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Education dept's efforts to conserve water gain momentum

Eileen Singh, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, March 21, 2012
First Published: 20:12 IST(21/3/2012) | Last Updated: 20:20 IST(21/3/2012)

On the occasion of World Water Day that is celebrated worldwide on March 22, the UT education department is close to taking a step towards conserving water and recycling it.

The department is working hand in hand with various schools, non-governmental organisations and various departments of the administration to initiate rainwater-harvesting units in schools and create programmes towards increasing the water table.
 
At present, Government Model Senior Secondary School (GMSSS), sector46-D, GMSSS, sector47-D, GMSSS, sector 35, Government Senior Secondary School (G.S.S.S.) sector 38(W), G.S.S.S. Dhanas, GMSSS, sector 10, Government Girls Senior Secondary School, sector 20-B and GMSSS, sector 23, have rainwater-harvesting units. Rainwater harvesting means accumulation and storing of rainwater for reuse, it may be used for drinking purposes, livestock use or for irrigation.
 
Besides this, Department of Education, is also constructing rainwater-harvesting units in 46 schools of Chandigarh to increase the water table of the area. Thus department of education, forest and environment, are becoming a role model to many schools all over the region with their unique rainwater harvesting techniques. The department is also conducting numerous awareness programmes and activities like painting, various writing competitions, poetry recitation and singing amongst others.
 
DPI(schools) Sandeep Hans said, "It is the best plan to prevent the continuous depletion of water and we have the infrastructure to channelise this project and meet our future requirements. In today's time water conservation and solar energy usage is very important. The existent water harvesting units are doing great and more will be set up in 46 schools earmarked for the project."
 
Sohanjana Eco-Club of Government Model Senior Secondary School, 46-D, Chandigarh, is putting in an extra effort towards safeguarding the environment as the school campus has two rainwater-harvesting units. Students are taking keen interest in the numerous activities conducted by the school in this regard.
 
"Awareness and action oriented programs towards increasing the water table and making full use of the rainwater-harvesting units is our main aim for water conservation at school level. But it does not end here, we are teaching children ways to recycle and use water," said O.P.Manauli, incharge of all the eco-clubs in the city.
 
Yuvsatta, an NGO is also constructing the rainwater-harvesting units in 10 schools of Chandigarh. Sargun Kaur, a student of class 11 of GMSSS, sector46-D said, "This is the best way to conserve water and our teachers are teaching us how to use water in an economic way." Teacher in charge, Baljinder Kaur, of Sohanjana Eco-Club, said, "Water needs to be saved before it trickles down the drain."

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