Andhra Pradesh Water Week 2013 held on the eve of the World Water Day on the 22nd March 2013 Water and Land Management Training and Research Institute (WALAMTARI) and International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Hyderabad jointly organized the AP Water Week from 20th to 22nd March 2013. This event is sponsored by the Climate Water Forum of AP funded by the Australian Center for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR).
The United Nations General Assembly declared 22nd March as the World Water Day and it is being observed since 1993 by all the member nations. This year will be observed as the “International Year for Water Cooperation”. Further, there is a World Water Forum (WWF) which is held in August of every year in Stockholm, Sweden.
This year, there is going to be a First World Irrigation Forum (WIF) in September-October in Turkey. Government of India started the India Water Week from 2012. On similar lines, the AP Water Week is initiated this year by WALAMTARI and IWMI. The activities organized include: Painting and Quiz competitions for School Children, Elocution and Poster Presentations for College Students, Workshops for Water user Associations and Non-Governmental Organizations. The focal theme is water resources management, water use efficiency and collaborative initiatives. About 136 school students participated in various activities. About 120 representatives from Water Users Associations/Engineers and 50 representatives from NGOs from 10 districts participated in the workshops.
An exhibition on the status of water resources in AP, the need to improve water use efficiency and technologies available was organized in Walamtari campus. On 22nd, a Panel discussion was held on the National Water Policy 2012 and its implications for AP. Experiences from Indo-French Center for Groundwater Research were shared as an example of International Cooperation. Dr.Jayakumar, Professor, National Institute of Technology (NIT) Warangal gave a lecture on International Cooperation for Water.
Hon’ble Minister for Major and Medium Irrigation, Sri.P.Sudarshan Reddy garu, Hon’ble Minister for Minor Irrigation Sri.T.G.Venkatesh were the Chief Guests for the Valedictory Function in the evening on 22nd March. Sri.Sudarshan Reddy garu called up on the Engineers to carry out their work with high quality standards so that they stand as testimony for decades to come. He also called for water awareness among people from all walks of life. Reducing water wastage should be a high priority, he said. Drip/Sprinkler irrigation must be encouraged on a large scale and farmer-manufacturer contact must be intensified for better operation and maintenance. Sri.TG Venkatesh put some interesting questions to the students like why there is no water around/near houses now? Whether River water will flow to the Sea 100 years from now? He encouraged the students to attempt to answer the questions. He gave a cash award of Rs.1000/- to each student who attempted. Interestingly, all those who attempted were girls. He chided the boys to take initiative at least to answer. He highlighted the point that with the water that AP is using, 5 times more area can be irrigated by following Israel Technology
Sri.B.Aravanda Reddy, Principal Secretary, Dr.K.Palanisami, IWMI, Dr.K.Tirupataiah, DG WALAMTARI, Sri.Narayan Reddy and C.Muralidhar both Engineers-in-Chief and many other senior engineers of the Department participated in the function along with school/college students, parents and teachers from various schools/colleges.