‘Evoke a sense of responsibility among people to manage water’

Implement traditional methods using technology: expert

February 25, 2019 01:19 am | Updated 01:19 am IST - CHENNAI

In days of severe water scarcity like this, there is a need to evoke a sense of responsibility among people for water management, said Douglas Herman, Senior Geographer, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, U.S.

Mr. Herman was in the city to help design an exhibit ‘Water Matters’, a project being partnered by the U.S. Consulate General in Chennai, Care Earth Trust, a voluntary organisation and Science Gallery, Bengaluru. “Concepts are being developed to create awareness about traditional methods of water conservation,” he said.

Traditional methods

A system must be evolved to implement the principles of traditional conservation methods using modern technology.

For instance, temple tanks and e ris , a system of cascading tanks, could be adopted for rainwater collection, he said. “We could use permeable pavement in parking lots for groundwater recharge. Water recycling facilities must be part of the design of a house. It is a requirement,” he said.

‘Water Matters’ will be designed with various such concepts to spread awareness among people. A travelling exhibit will be designed to reach out to school children with interactive components.

This project will be done in Chennai and Bengaluru in collaboration with the State government.

Other activities planned this year include an innovation fellowship for postgraduate students, visits and talks by experts from the U.S. and symposiums.

0 / 0
Sign in to unlock member-only benefits!
  • Access 10 free stories every month
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign-up/manage your newsletter subscriptions with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early access to discounts & offers on our products
Sign in


Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.