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Class 10 Visit the Israel Pavillion at the India Water Week 2016 at Pragati Maidan
6th April, 2016

"Shalom!" We were all warmly greeted after a rather long bus ride, there was suddenly something to look forward to. The 4th India Water Week was held at Pragati Maidan. The programme began with an eye opener. The delegates from Israel told all of us the very importance of conservation of water. He said, " Having a tap that opens and gives water is not normal, it's a miracle."
Israel has 'always been a drop ahead'. They have begun water conservation on a large scale as water is scarce. After 7 years of drought, they have learnt from their mistakes and revolutionized Israel into the nation with the best water technology in the world. At the beginning of the talk the speaker posed three important questions : How do we conserve water? How can we use water? And the most interesting was, 'How can we create water?' Then followed a series of videos where, as seconds passed, water became scarce and the faces of people had cracks in them and that had a great impact on every one of us. There were a lot of interesting facts that we found out such as if we shower for just 2 minutes lesser on a daily basis, we can save 40l of water. Dripping taps waste 60l of water a day.

After an interesting talk, half of us headed to the Israel Pavilion where they had depicted the methods used in their country for water recycling. These methods included desalination, urban water management, wastewater treatment and use of recycled water for irrigation and water for agriculture. The process of recycling of water was cleverly explained and depicted in a 3D model. We were told that it involved a few steps – The waste water would go from our houses and the industries through the sewage canals to the sewage treatment plant and then it would be filtered and treated and sent back to the industries and additionally to the farms which would then use recycled water for irrigation in the fields. Another method is desalination which involves taking the salt out of sea water and making it fit for drinking. One of our students eagerly asked, " Wouldn't that be expensive?" and the delegate confidently answered, " It is expensive but it is much more expensive if you don't have water." Then, we had the slogan making competition when students sat diligently in their groups or individually and brainstormed for slogans which they wrote on sheets of paper along with vibrant illustrations. Some of the slogans were, ' Stop the drip, Save the drop' and ' Every drop counts'.

It was a wonderful experience and we all learnt a lot about water conservation and also realized that not everyone is as prosperous as us and that water is more valuable than any other commodity that we posses. On an end note I would like to say just two words, Save Water.

Aditi Singh
10 A

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