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Who is Known as Waterman of India?

By Balaji

Updated on: March 6th, 2023

The Waterman of India is Rajendra Singh. He is an Indian water conservationist and environmentalist from the Alwar district, Rajasthan. He won the Magsaysay Award in 2001 and Stockholm Water Prize in 2015 for his water conservation efforts. Rajendra Singh was born in the Uttar Pradesh village of Daula in the Bagpat district, not far from Meerut.

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Of his seven siblings, he was the oldest. His father, an agriculturist, oversaw their 60 acres of land in the village, where Singh attended his first few years of formal education.

  • To address the issue of water scarcity in Rajasthan, Rajendra Singh spread knowledge about conventional water conservation techniques.
  • He was the impetus behind the revival of about 3000 johads scattered across more than 650 villages in Rajasthan’s Alwar district.
  • Small earthen check dams called johads are used to store rainwater and provide water during dry periods.
  • In the region that was devastated by deforestation and mining activities, it led to a 33 percent increase in the forest cover and a steady rise of the groundwater table by nearly 6 meters.
  • He is a part of the National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA), which the Indian government established in 2009 to carry out its mandate under the Environment (Protection) Act of 1986 to plan, finance, monitor, and coordinate the Ganges (Ganga).
  • He is a founding member of the Flow Partnership in the UK, an NGO that works to mitigate the effects of flooding and soil erosion.

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