‘Save every drop' is a message that is often heard but seldom followed. The Central Water Commission has decided to take the seriousness of the issue straight to the masses through a much-loved medium — cartoons.

Water for All, an exhibition on water resources with the dominant theme of conservation was inaugurated by P.N. Sreenivasachary, Secretary to the Water Resources Department (Minor Irrigation), at the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath here on Wednesday.

Common strain

On display are about 75 cartoons by artists from the Karnataka Cartoonist Association. Water replacing petrol, money and jewellery is a commonly used concept, while the more innovative ones show the deity Shiva fleeing a polluted Ganga.

“While 80 per cent of potable water is used up by agriculture, stress is being laid on ‘more crop every drop' now that there is some stability in food security,” said L.A.V. Nathan, Chief Engineer of the Commission.

India is not doing very well on the front of conservation. We are lagging behind the United States, Australia, Brazil and even China when it comes to per capita manmade storage.

Water for All is open to the public till February 11 between 10.30 a.m. and 7 p.m. at the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath. Entry is free.