“A mass awareness has to be created, and all stakeholders should come together to conserve water and seek solutions to the problems associated with it,” A. Gurunathan, head of Dhan Vayalagam Foundation, said on Tuesday.

At a press meet, representatives of the Foundation spoke about the recently concluded ‘Tamil Nadu Water Week’ on the theme of ‘Water and Food Security’, organised jointly with Tamil Nadu Agriculture University, Anna University and Madras Institute of Development Studies.

“The draft resolutions which were prepared with inputs from various stakeholders will be sent for analysis during the ‘India Water Week’ to be held in Delhi in 2014,” Mr.Gurunathan said.

The State had only 650 cubic metres of available annual per capita water resource as apposed to the national average of 2,000 cubic metres, the representatives said, and discussed measures to improve water conservation and storage methods such as roof water harvesting.

“Mandatory implementation of effective water conservation schemes across institutions, industries and households will help combat water scarcity,” said N. Palaniraj a farmer and member of Vayalagam movement.

Referring to the dry and dilapidated irrigation tanks and waterbodies in the district, he said workers engaged under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme could be employed to desilt tanks.

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