Tuesday, December 30, 2008

KERALA'S WATER RESOURCES- OUTLOOK FOR 2009



What are the problems that our state has to face in the water sector? Scarcity, droughts, floods, pollution, environmental conflicts, interstate problems or what?
We know all these were there haunting the state ever since we could remember...
But we have to change the state of affairs... for the good. Now, let us put our heads together and think up how the state has to proceed with its developmental activities now ongoing.
This is a forum for standing up and airing your views.

So let us start... start telling to us, to your friends at CWRDM, in Calicut, in Kerala, in India and to the world out there, how YOU think the issues could be resolved...
Start posting on the topic
Kerala's Water Resources - the problems and opportunities that would come alive on the horizon of 2009...
CWRDM LAN TEAM.

6 comments:

M.R Venugopal said...

This is an important topic to be discussed in detail. The ideas then compiled and crystallized will be able to be used to help the State to solve the issues.

Anonymous said...

The natural resources of Kerala are so precious that anyone who comes to the state becomes envious. The State is growing as a residential land and not as an industrial state or as an agricultural state. The inpour of money from outside, the outburst of population density, the high standard of living, the culture, education etc make the state much different from the other areas. These directly or indirectly add to the problems mentioned. Hence the best thought for the hour should be to preserve and conserve the available water resources for the sustainable use. This can be achieved through scientific interventions which help not to pollute the resource, recycle and reuse the resource and adopting a sensible water pricing. Extension and awareness activities should be conducted in a massive scale and all efforts should be taken to audit the water sector and consider water as en economic and state resource.

Prem said...

We are 5 months away from another monsoon season. I am reminded of MT's Vaishali. Propitiate all Gods for a favourable monsoon!

What if we get 800 mm rain in May and no rain in June? How is it going to impact agriculture? Many more scenarios can be painted and answers sought. Do we have any plan in place except to write to MHA to send a delegation to assess post disaster sops? Why are we finding a phenomenon like deficiency of rainfall in catchment areas of hydel projects even when the rain fall pattern looks near normal. Are we condemned to live with power cuts for all times to come?

Muralee Thummarukudy said...

Dear CWRDM team

It was a pleasure to be in CWRDM and meet with old friends and make some new ones. I was very interested to know about the range of work which goes on and the type of capacities which exists in CWRDM. I hope that we will be able to collaborate on some topics at research or applied level.

Being from Kerala and also having civil/environmental engineering background, water resources issues are close to my heart. At one level, Kerala is blessed with abundance of water and probably as a consequence, we really don't know the true value of this resource. We also know very little about keeping it clean or conserving it. I often wonder what scientific institutions/communities should do about these.

First and foremost which comes to my mind is the question of water quality. Though we have 52 rivers (that is what I was taught in school), I am not aware of systematic water quality analyses of even one river. Why is this ?, Is this the case of all of India ?, Isn't there value in regular monitoring of river water ?, Is it being done, but not publicly reported (CPCB used to have a project in the past and CWC has some quantity measurements).

Manorama newspaper has been doing some excellent work on water in the past two years. They are doing this water conservation project. last year they also brought out the water quality snapshot, which brought out some fundamental points, that most of our drinking water in contaminated with e.coli (indicating fecal contamination of some sort). Still this has not gone to the logical next step. How should we change our septic tanks or our water wells or both so that we dont drink part of our toilet water ?

I also had questions about the entire water harvesting effort. In lot parts of Kerala, including in my own house, the surface water table is very close to surface. Efforts such as having retaining structures or pits will hold the water for a day or two before the water drains into the nearest water course. Is making people create non-lined water storage pits (which are very effective in places with deeper water tables) not just a feel good thing ?, what is the optimal water harvesting technique for kerala. How can an institute such as CWRDM with tremendous technical skills force multiply by joining hands with Manorama who has unparalleled reach in the state and hold on Malayalaee mindset ?

I would stop at this, but will continue another day.

M.R.Venugopal said...

It is quite relevant to have reliable WQ status of our water sources. CWRDM as well as several organizations such as KSPB, to quote one, are studying the WQ aspects of the water resources of Kerala. You may contact CWRDM to get more information on this aspect.
However this is an important area that touches all sections of the people and hence demands serious attention from the people and departments and agencies concerned.

kerala-rivers said...

its a matter of existence that we discuss and solve these issues regarding our precious water bodies of kerala.