Jalandhar, Jul 7 : In a bid to prevent water wastage and replenish the groundwater, the administration is set to install three rooftop rainwater harvesting systems in the district administrative complex.
The work on the installation of systems will begin next week as the soil and water conservation department have identified the locations in the district administrative complex and the project will cost Rs 6.25 lakh.
Divulging the details, the deputy commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma said that the groundwater table has been depleting consistently in the district and all the ten blocks of the district have been declared over exploited.
He said that the rainwater harvesting systems will not only recharge the water but will also help to check the depleting water table.
He said that mostly the rainwater gets wasted in urban areas either go into the sewage or get evaporated which can be used to recharge the groundwater.
He added that Punjab Government led by Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh is making concerted efforts to save the groundwater depleting further either by plantation of saplings, increasing green cover, promoting maize and other crops, which use less water, drip irrigation or installing rainwater harvesting systems in the state.
Mr. Sharma exhorted the youths to become ambassadors of water conservation in their localities whey they live. He said that it is a collective duty for all of us to save this precious asset otherwise we would face dangerous consequences on the earth.
He said that the wastage of water must be stopped at any cost and requested the farmers and the general public to conserve water.
Lupinder Kumar, SDO, soil and water conservation department said that apart from this, the department is also aiming to increase the area under drip irrigation which can save the groundwater up to 75 percent being used in the agriculture sector. (UNI)