FORCE has launched an urban Water Security Campaign called the “BLUE CITY” campaign - which aims at making urban centres self sufficient in their basic water requirements. The campaign involves calculating the total internal water resources of the urban centres, assessing their utilization status and then charting an action plan to maximize sustainable utilization.
The BLUE CITY campaign is based on the premise that every unit has the potential to be WATER SECURE by planning for self sufficiency in fulfilling its basic water requirements. To do so, it must first optimize and create sustainability in the use of its internal water resources, before it demands Water from upstream villages and forests.
The campaign will work towards this vision through multi stakeholder Task Forces having experts, government, community / NGO and funding partners for each of the following:
1) Blue City Water Bodies and River Revival Task FORCE
2) Blue City Protection of floodplains & greening of open spaces Task FORCE,
3) Blue City Groundwater Management Task FORCE
4) Blue City Water demand Management Task FORCE
5) Blue City Water Awareness Task FORCE
The cities identified for Phase I of the BLUE CITY campaign are –Delhi, Gurgaon,Bangalore, Mumbai and Jaipur.
The first phase of the campaign was flagged off on March 19, 2011, in the ‘Walk For Water’ wherein partner organizations and communities took the BLUE DELHI pledge under the leadership of the Honble Minister of Water Resources – Sh Salman Khurshid. (The lead story of the first issue of BLUETIMES is based on this Walk.)
The unique feature of the Walk For Water, was the adoption of the BLUE DELHI DECLARATION – A Pledge by all participants and partners to help make Delhi a completely Water Secure City within the next five years.
The BLUE DELHI DECLARATION is based on the premise that a city/municipal unit must first optimize and create sustainability in the use of its internal water resources, before it demands Water from upstream villages and forests. This White Paper titled - ‘Aiming for Sustainability and Self Sufficiency in Delhi Water Management – Evaluating Delhi’s current Water Assets vis a vis their Utilization’ uses Delhi as a study unit to prove that this is possible.
Through this we hope to create a model for sustainable community based water planning that reduces the probability of water conflicts. Unless this paradigm shift in water planning is made, the next wars will surely be fought for Water.
We invite corporate houses to partner with us on the BLUE CITY Campaign. Please find the details of various partnership options here.
Register now to become a BLUE CITY volunteer with FORCE – for the BLUE DELHI plan or our other activities to promote water and sanitation security.