“The waterman of India,” Rajendra Singh Recipient of Nobel Prize of Water

“The waterman of India,” Rajendra Singh been awarded The Noble Prize of Water by The Stockholm International Water Institute for bringing water to one thousand villages.
Leading UK water engineer, Katherine Pygott, has drawn on Mr Singh’s work to help prevent flooding in the UK.
Judges of the Stockholm Water Prize are saying that his techniques have restored soil and streams, helped flood prevention and brought back natural life.
His system is inferior, straightforward, and that his ideas ought to be learned around the world, judges are saying.
Mr Singh uses a modern day version of an archaic Indian technique of water preservation. It involves building low-level banks of clay to keep down the stream of water during rainy season and permits water to soak the ground for future use.
His dream was to be a doctor, however, when he took up a position in a rural town in dry Rajasthan he discovered that the root of the problem is water not disease. Water repository has been used by farmers and due to its short supply, crops died, rivers, forests and wildlife vanished and people left for greener pastures.
Mr Singh said, “When we started our work, we were only looking at the drinking water crisis and how to solve that. Today our aim is higher. This is the century of exploitation, pollution and encroachment. To stop all this, to convert the war on water into peace, that is my life’s goal.”
“His lessons were essential as climate change alters weather patterns round the world,” according to The Stockholm International Water Institute
Director Torgny Holmgren said, “In a world where demand for freshwater is booming, we will face a severe water crisis within decades if we do not learn how to better take care of our water. Mr Singh is a beacon of hope.”
The board of judges said, “Today’s water problems cannot be solved by science or technology alone. They are human problems of governance, policy, leadership, and social resilience. Rajendra Singh’s life work has been in building social capacity to solve local water problems through participatory action, empowerment of women, linking indigenous know-how with modern scientific and technical approaches and upending traditional patterns of development and resource use.”



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