“Jalsamrudh Maharashtra”, Water Conservation Movement, Launched during Lokmat Water Summit
11 July 2017: The Lokmat Water Summit: Towards Sustainable Water Management was organised by Lokmat in Mumbai. H2 Life Foundation was the official knowledge partner for this event.
The summit was intended to create mass awareness for conserving valuable water resources. It witnessed participation from representatives of Maharashtra Government, corporates, social activists and key industry stakeholders who spoke on various issues related to water conservation and also lauded the recent initiatives in the field of water conservation.
A key speaker for the occasion, Mr. Rajendra Singh, better known as the Water Man of India, and Chairman of Tarun Bharat Sangh stated “I believe, if the society connects and understands the importance of water, only then we would be able to bring about that noticeable change for our society. Luckily, Maharashtra is the first state that’s blessed with various sources of water; we need to continue doing every bit of it in future also. I urge Lokmat to keep this legacy going which will eventually help to educate people about the concerns of water conservation.”
The summit was divided into 3 major sessions to discuss the following issues:
- Maharashtra's Innovative Approaches to Water Management and Conservation
- Clean and Safe Drinking Water: A Must for a Healthy Population
- Finding Practical Solutions to Meet the Water Challenges
Speaking on Maharashtra’s current water crisis, Mr. Girish Mahajan, Minister for Water Resources and Medical Education, Government of Maharashtra, said, “Maharashtra is currently facing an unfortunate draught situation which needs to be primarily tackled. We want to take forth Mr. Modi’s initiative, per drop, more crops by providing quality water distribution system across Maharashtra. We are working towards making Maharashtra drought free by 2019 and ensuring every farmer gets water supply by helping implement the most advanced technologies and overcoming the old-fashioned techniques.”
The event was also attended by Mr. Sanjiv Mehta, CEO and Managing Director, Hindustan Unilever Limited, who said, “Hindustan Unilever has a clear purpose – making sustainable living commonplace. Our purpose inspires our vision – to accelerate growth in our business, while reducing our environmental footprint. Partnerships with like-minded stakeholders like Lokmat make a difference, and we hope this Water summit is the start of a journey.”
Along with discussions on water conservation, the Lokmat Water Summit also recognized and lauded the efforts of individuals who have contributed to society through various measures of water conservation and harvesting. Nine such “water crusaders” were awarded:
- Vijay Kumar Honmute - Water Saving Initiative through public participation from Solapur
- Rahul Jivani - Work in Water Conservation from Yawavatmal
- Priyadarshan Bhatewara - Water Harvesting more than 1 lakh liters of water every monsoon from Nashik, Ahmednagar pond built in the village - Tanker free village from Naigaon- Amalnagar
- Anil Chougule - Avoid water wastage, reuse water, use water wisely – awareness programs
- Hemant Patil - Invested his own money and saved 15 crore liters from Jalgoan
- Suresh Kharawan - Water Conservation from Washim
- Ankush Padwale - Defeated water scarcity by building 3 ponds of 1 crore liters each from Solapur
- Dyandev Pachpute - Water Harvesting in 100 homes from – 62 Chougule- Avoid Water Wastage, re-use water use water wisely- awareness programmes from Kolhapur
- Suresh Patil - Cleared silt of Khadakwalsa Dam from Pune, doubling the dam capacity thereby benefitting 30 lakh people
The Lokmat Water Summit: Towards Sustainable Water Management was co-powered by Rin (A leading detergent brand) and H2 Life Foundation as the official knowledge partner. The summit culminated in a water conservation movement called “Jalsamrudh Maharashtra” which is an initiative to drive water conservation across Maharashtra.