MoU for Water Conservation in India

Israel is the world leader in water conservation technology and also an exporter of drinking water in West Asia. The MoU on water conservation will help India learn advanced water conservation techniques and technologies, helping the water scarce regions of the vast country. PM Modi said, “We agreed that efficiency of water and resource use; water conservation and its purification; productivity increases in agriculture are key areas in deepening our bilateral cooperation.”

MoU on State Water Utility Reform in India

India needs a reform on the use of water across states. This MoU is expected to help develop best practices and their implementation to help solve India’s water woes.

On July 1, the water minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat launched the Jal Shakti Abhiyan, a campaign for water conservation and water security, which would run in two phases this year from July 1 to September 15, and from October 1 to November 30. The focus of the campaign will be on water-stressed districts and blocks. Secretary of the Indian government’s Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Parameswaran Iyer, in a statement said that teams of officers from the central government will visit and work with district administration in 1,592 water-stressed blocks in 256 districts across India, to ensure five important water conservation interventions. The five interventions would be – water conservation and rainwater harvesting, renovation of traditional and other water bodies or tanks, reuse, borewell recharge structures, watershed development and intensive afforestation.
GOI launches nationwide water conservation scheme Govt to focus on 256 districts in the first phase, urge farmers to adopt efficient irrigation practices, Gradual shift to less water intensive crops and promotion of efficient irrigation

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