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World Water Day observed in Nagaland

Nagaland News

Dimapur, March 22: PHED Kohima Rural Division, in collaboration with Tesophenyu Village youth fraternity, observed World Water Day on the theme ‘Groundwater: Making the Invisible Visible’ on March 22 at Tesophenyu community hall along with WATSAN Committee, Tesophenyu Village Council and the villagers.
Mezivil Kikhi,SDO(PHED) Kohima Rural Division, in his keynote address, remarked that the World Water Day is observed by the Department every year “to raise awareness on the global water crisis” and “to inspire people around the world to learn more about water-related issues and to take action for making a difference”. The campaign is led by the Ministry of Jal Shakti in India.
Further, he highlighted that World Water Day is celebrated every year internationally on March 22 to increase public awareness of the importance of fresh water as per the resolution adopted by the United Nations in December 1992.
He stated that water plays a crucial role in various parts of life and the day provides a platform to achieve the UN’s sustainable goal of universal access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene.
SDO (PHED) Rural Division revealed that out of 113 villages, 88 have been undertaking groundwater works on gravity source and 25 villages on deep tube well. He also called upon for community participation for maintenance and operation of the scheme/project.
Dr. Zasekuolie Chusi, DC Tseminyu district, remarked that the problem of water scarcity and contamination exist everywhere and lauded the PHED for undertaking a commendable job.
The Deputy Commissioner impressed upon the community to take care of the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) scheme as drilling works of 7 deep tube wells have been completed.
He stated that vey soon “Ground Water Act” will become a reality for long-term planning and sustainable development and that it is the collective responsibility of the youth and the village council to take care of its maintenance and operation.
Sharing concerns on the “ill-effects of consuming contaminated water”, Dziesetseinuo Kiso, Chemist at PHED Kohima Division, highlighted the physical, chemical and biological contaminations posing threat to humans and that 3.5 million people are still consuming contaminated water.
She further stated that contaminated water are linked to transmission of diseases such as cholera, diarrhoea, dysentery, hepatitis A, typhoid, polio, affecting pregnant woman and infants below 6 months etc.
She further dwelt on the effects of hard water causing numerous health problems such as kidney stone, constant urination, constipation, diabetes, and stomach ailments. She encouraged the community to clean source of water using bleaching powder every 3 months and also test water for consumption to stay fit and healthy.
The Deputy Commissioner Tseminyu inspected sites of deep tube well at the village along with WATSAN Committee, village council and the youth.
Public Health Engineering Department (PHED), Mon Division along with the rest of the world celebrated World Water Day on the theme “Groundwater: Making the invisible visible” at Sayeang Middle School, Shiyong Village under Wakching Block, Mon. SDO (C) Wakching, L. Samuel Konyak, NCS graced the occasion as the special guest.
Konyak in his speech said that growing up in a clean and safe environment is the right of each and every child and access to clean water, basic toilets, good hygiene practices not only keep children thriving, but also gives them a healthier start in life. He also said that as climate change gets worse, groundwater will become more and more critical and that everyone needs to work together to sustainably manage water.
T. Pangken Konyak, Chemist, DWSM, PHED Mon spoke on the topic ‘Reflecting on the Value of water’ meanwhile Monglong Implementing Support Agency (ISA) spoke on the topic Water, Sanitation & Hygiene interventions on improving health outcomes among school children.
Samziuram village:
World Water Day, organised by the Department of PHE under District Water and Sanitation Mission, Peren on the theme “Groundwater: Making the Invisible Visible”, was observed on March 22 at Community Hall, Samziuram Village, Peren.
Kewizailungiu Dailiam, Swachhagrahi from Samziuram Village highlighting on the occasion stated that the World Water Day is observed annually to raise awareness on the global water crisis. She informed that the year’s theme “Groundwater: Making the Invisible Visible”, focuses on the importance of groundwater and raise awareness about the over exploitation.
Speaking on “The importance of Water: how to preserve and conserve it”, Hugiak Gonmei, ISA Rongmai Baptist Association urged the citizens to dedicate themselves by practicing ways to conserve water by following some important and easy ways to conserve water such as keeping the tap closed when not in use and not to ignore any water leaks, practicing rainwater harvesting, find ways to recharge ground water, protect water resources and find ways to conserve water pre-monsoon and post-monsoon, to teach the children about the value of water from a young age and not waste water, to have an awareness in the family about the importance of water, not to use chemicals in paddy fields and reuse of water.
The programme was chaired by Sashinaro Longkumer, Sanitation and Hygiene Consultant, DWSM, PHED Peren while vote of thanks was proposed by Binsaniu Rentta, District Coordinator, DWSM, PHED Peren.
The programme was attended by Village Council members, WATSAN committee members, Women Society and youth from seven villages under Peren District. Tree saplings were also distributed. (Page News Service)