Once upon a time drinking water was free. Seems, weird right? Do you know what is weirder? 10 years down the line we might only say “once upon a time there was water”.Now, it seems scary. Well! We should rightfully be scared. Quick depletion of clean and drinking water should make alarm bells go off this very instant in everyone’s mind.
As per Economic Times, India is under serious threat as 50% of the country is grappling with the water crisis. The western and southern part of the country is continuously portraying the grim scenario of women waiting in long queues to collect water.
Chennai has shown a steep degrade of freshwater availability and the situation is worse compared to the last 75 years. The price of packaged water has gone up and bore well’s water level has gone down as low as 600 feet. Experts say that the water crisis has hit India, sooner than expected. Several factors like deforestation, urbanization, removal of ponds contribute to the grave situation.
NASA reported that the water table in India is declining at a rate of 0.3 meters every year.
World Bank, underlying the Ganga River Basin has notified that the drinking water shortage will shrink as low as 39% in some states by 2040.
Most of us are already aware of these statistics shared by news channels every day, but what we are clueless about is where did all the water go? India is the world’s ninth-largest freshwater reserve, so why is this water woe?
Among many ways of saving water, storing rainwater is the most essential yet the most ignored one. Most of the rainwater is going off to the ocean making it non-consumable. A chronic mismanagement lies at the backdrop, failing to keep pace with the competitive demands.
As per the Standing Committee on Water Resources, most of the water bodies have been encroached. The smaller water bodies should have been protected from neglect. Climate can be blamed by many, but few responsibilities can never be ignored.
The agriculture sector uses around 85% of groundwater. Farmers are reportedly collecting groundwater by long-running pumps as they are worried about power cuts.
We are seeing the oblivion but still waiting to act. The problem of water crisis has a solution, and that is to be implemented right now.
Each of us need to act on this, and act on this NOW! Spread more awareness, consume the amount of water that we need and plant more trees that will help retain the local water tables. Together we can bring the needed change and avoid scarcity of water in the coming years.