To create the much-needed awareness around groundwater depletion, we had the opportunity of having a quick conversation with Scientist B at CWPRS, Dr Manivanan Ramasamy.
Dr R Manivanan is presently working as SCIENTIST B at CWPRS, Pune. He has six years of research experience in water quality and forest ecosystems and 15 years in mathematical modelling of coastal engineering problems such as tidal hydrodynamics, temperature and salinity dispersion, littoral drift, shoreline evolution. He has worked in many projects related to mathematical modelling of industrial and thermal effluent into coastal water bodies. He has published a book titled ‘Recycling of industrial effluents’ He has several publications in journals and conference in a national and international forum.
He has guided four project dissertations for M.Sc. degree and working as Co-Guide for the PhD degree in Environmental Sciences titled “Temperature modelling in coastal area” in Pune university. He is one of the committee members in PhD thesis evaluation at Bharathidasan University, Tamil Nadu.
In conversation with Dr Manivanan Ramasamy, we have come to know about some of the most threatening facts about groundwater depletion and what steps should the government take before its too late.
Q. With your extensive experience, could you tell us the essential lessons India has learned and put into practice efficiently in urban water management?
A. India will learn about the water crisis in the future years with extreme drought and flooding. The Ministry of water resources created a Water Resources Information System in every state for the management of water in urban as well as rural water supply.
Q.How can developing countries face the challenge of expanding industrialization while simultaneously prioritizing water quality management?
A. The comparison of developed countries and developing countries for water resources and quality is as follows. In developed countries, the stakeholder has the voice to ask the Government to develop some innovative technology to control water pollution, improvement of water quality status and efficient use of water etc. But in Developing countries, the stake has no voice to ask any Government or any other authority to ask about the new technology implementation.
Q.What are the major challenges that the public sector in different countries faces to achieve efficient water management?
A. The major challenges are water evaporation, point and non-point water pollution and contamination of water in all countries. Treatment and recycling of polluted water.
Q. According to you, which country is making good progress in the water sector?
A. UK and USA have been making good progress in the recent past. Slowly, India also has been making progress with WRIS, Conversion of seawater to drinking water etc.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to tell our readers?
A: Remember, there are a number of ways to save water, and they all start with you!
In short, the country has got scientists like Dr.R. Manivanan Ramaswamy and many others. All it takes for us is to be accountable and take the right actions at the right time.