Officials of the AP Pollution Control Board (APPCB) and Gora Science Centre explained to the students the need to preserve rain water and prevent water pollution. The PCB and the Gora Science Centre jointly organised a seminar on ‘Conservation of Water' in connection with World Water Day at Atheist Centre in the city on Thursday.
PCB Joint Chief Environmental Engineer A. Vijay Kumar explained to the students different methods of water conservation, how the ground water table was depleting and stressed the need for saving water.
People were facing severe water crisis in many areas and drinking water was being polluted due to release of effluents, and drain water into canals, said the Atheist Centre Executive Director G. Vijayam.
Gora Science Centre Director G. Niyanta explained how rainwater was being wasted and enlightened the students and the participants on different methods of water preservation. A power point presentation was also given on how to ‘save water'.
A student of Vijaya Institute of Technology for Women, P. Manoja, who participated for the essay writing competition said that every person should take the responsibility of preservation of water.
Kushi. S. Jain, a fifth standard student of Nalanda School, opined that rainwater should be harvested at homes and the government should take steps to arrange percolation tanks in all houses. Students – B. Naga Varun and Ch. Kavya said that more water shed programmes, rock fill dams, trenches and percolation tanks should be constructed to facilitate infiltration of rainwater into the ground.
P. Sunitha, drawing teacher of Nirmala High School felt that more dams should be constructed across the rivers to store water and take up awareness programmes on protecting forests.
The photo exhibition arranged at the centre on change in climatic conditions, floods in different countries and drought impressed the participants. The pictures on people fetching water from far off places and animals and birds dying due to drying of tanks in forests moved the children.
Irrespective of age, people from different fields, students, youth and women participated in the essay writing and painting competitions organized by Gora Science Centre on ‘conservation of water'.
Arthik Samatha Mandal representative Hari Subramanyam and others participated.