Kerala government, with the help of students, is set to impart lessons on water conservation to 10 lakh families.
The Kerala state literacy mission unveiled a major drive 'Jalasaksharatha' (water literacy) to create awareness among the public on the need to conserve water bodies in the state, known for its abundance of rivers, backwaters, waterfalls, streams and ponds.
The mission is to engage 70,000 learners, who pursue class X and higher secondary-equivalent programmes, for the state-wide initiative at a time when water scarcity and pollution are cause of worry.
The mission recently conducted a study which found that 26.90 per cent of water sources were completely polluted.
As many as 46.10 per cent of the over 3,000 water sources, such as ponds, canals, river and backwaters and public wells, surveyed in 2,003 wards is partly polluted, the study found.
A total of 1,302 ponds, 941 canals, 153 river stretches, 16 backwater stretches, 1,107 public wells and 87 others in various districts were surveyed as part of the study.
P.S Sreekala, director of the mission, said the water literacy campaign was designed based on the findings of the study and suggestions of experts.
A special handbook 'The Water: Textbook for Environment Literacy Programme-1' has been brought out for the campaign, she said.