District to focus on water harvesting

: Local bodies in the district have been urged to initiate steps to implement projects aimed at long-term groundwater recharge in the district.

Addressing a meeting on the ‘Amrithavarshini' project conceived for turning Kannur into a water resource-rich district, District Collector Rathan Kelkar said that many panchayats had already started work to ensure groundwater recharge to stop the depletion in groundwater level.

Exemplary steps

Panchayats such as Kolachery and Kathirur have initiated exemplary measures in this regard, he added.

Rainwater harvesting

The Amrithavarshini project was launched on the occasion of a water conservation seminar held in April by the district administration and the Kannur Water Conservation Society.

D. Krishnanadha Pai, Kannur Water Conservation Society, said that rainwater harvesting and other measures to conserve water were planned for groundwater recharge, improvement of quality of drinking water, and ensuring supply of water for domestic use and for agricultural purposes in the district.

Centre of Water Resource Development and Management scientist Abdul Hameed noted that 9 lakh groundwater wells in the State were in a state of disuse.

Protecting resources

Mr. Abdul Hameed called for protecting water resources and also for constructing check-dams to lower the surface run-off of rainwater during the monsoon season.

The project to conserve water resources and enrich groundwater level is being implemented with the active involvement of the local bodies of the district.

Amrithavarshini project was launched in April

Nine lakh groundwater wells in Kerala are in a state of disuse

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