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Water and Solid waste management

MACT sensitizes the local communities in conservation, regeneration and development of water resources through creating water harvesting structures. MACT also believes that community based water ands solid waste management as a promising strategy for improving the environmental conditions. One of such approach is that the people should radically change their attitude and habits towards water and solid waste collection and disposal and build the capacity of the community, to plan and manage garbage waste collection. Their active involvement in segregation and collection of waste at the household and community level is ensured.

MACT undertakes construction of water harvesting structures and safe disposal of garbage waste in the target communities. The water harvesting structures aims at providing water for agriculture throughout for the rain – fed agricultural farmers.
Some of the activities include

  • Sensitizing on segregation of waste at household level
  • Increased awareness on solid waste management
  • Ensure that unused areas and open areas are free of garbage, stagnant water
  • Reduction in open defecation

Commemoration of World water day
Water is also considered as a symbol of purification. International World Water Day is held every twelve months to focus the attention on the importance of freshwater and to promote sustainable management of freshwater resources.
United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) decided to observe an international day to celebrate freshwater in 1992 and thus the first World Water Day was observed on 22 March 1993.

World Water Day is celebrated every year with a new theme highlighting an explicit aspect of freshwater. Every eight people in the world don’t get pure water inspite of spending hours by women and children in collecting water from distant resources.
This day gives an opportunity to remember our commitment to achieve the day when everyone in the world can have safe drinking water and also to celebrate the progress of bringing about people together to fight for clean water and sanitation.

In addition to the UN member states, a number of NGOs promoting health , environment clean water and sanitation have used World Day for Water as a time to focus public attention on the critical water issues. Participating agencies and NGOs have highlighted issues such as a billion people being without access to safe water for drinking and the role of gender in family access to safe water.

India too has witnessed phenomenal development of water resources and self sufficiency in food grains, rapid expansion in the urban, energy and industrial sectors, and drinking water infrastructure for about 85 per cent of India’s urban and rural population at the cost of groundwater depletion, water logging, water quality degradation and pollution and increasing salinity levels af fecting large areas. As a result, per capita water availability has been falling. The poor in india lack less access to water and sanitation facilities adding to the woes of socio – economic deprivation. The Urban places are not spared too. 

Thus MACT in solidarity with the  UN initiative commemorated the world water day on 22nd march, 2010 to address water and sanitation issues in the local context.  MACT along with 3 global networks – End Water Poverty, Fresh Water Action Network and Water Supply And Sanitation Collaborative Council decided to form the World’s Longest Toilet queue, urging the world to take a stand on sanitation and water. The memorandum was to construct sufficient toilets at the rural areas and the rally was organised to depict the scenari of people having to wait to queue to make use of toilet facilities.

The participants had a person stand and pose like a toilet door before which they formed the queue. They also held the word TOILET in huge block letters below which were the words ‘you are in the queue, please wait’. All these represented the scarcity for toilets all over the world.

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