Follow Singapore's example in water management, says expert

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Submitted by Editor on Thu, 2016-03-24 20:26 Mangaluru: Government should follow the example of Singapore and recycle water which could used for a range of purposes, said C Rajashekar Murthy, Professor Emeritus, Environmental Engineering in Canada.  Speaking at an event organised by Sahyadri College of Engineering and Management on the occasion of World Water Day, Prof Rajashekar said, Singapore stands first among all countries when it comes to water management. Due to this, over 65 percent of the drinking water in Singapore is recycled water."  "Availability and quality of the world's water supply is over-stretched and a serious challenge for the whole nation now. Though water is essential for life, it is a finite resource. Though there is a substitute for energy, there is a no substitute for water," Murthy said, adding that government should earmark more funds for water management by treating sewage into clean water. Speaking about the rapid urbanisation, Murthy said, "Construction of buildings have changed the catchment and watershed area of many urban lakes, which would lead to negative impact upon the water sources. There is a need to take utmost care while constructing buildings at catchment area of water."   First Additional District and Session Judge CM Joshi, who inaugurated the programme, asked people not to waste the water, warning that there would be severe shortage of water in the near future.