Urging people to conserve water, Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Uma Bharti said water conservation is essential for country's sustainable development.
"Increasing demand for water for various purposes on account of growing population, industrialisation and urbanisation pose serious challenges of creating facilities for conservation and proper utilisation of available water resources," the minister said while inaugurating the fourth edition of the 'India Water Week' in national capital.
She said deterioration of water quality -- of river water as also of the ground water -- were serious issues. She also said that the likely impact of climate change on water resources adds to the existing challenges.
"We have to address these issues on priority. Efforts are required at all levels and joint efforts are necessary to ensure that all sections of the society get benefited from water, the precious gift of the nature to us," Bharti said.
Pointing on inter-linking of rivers, she said the central government was fully committed for water security through implementation of interlinking of rivers projects.