In a country accustomed to water troubles, the need to address India's ongoing water issue has never been more pressing. Despite having 4% of the world's water resources, we constantly battle droughts due to our growing population and the harsh impact of climate change. Over the past 150 years, we've faced 26 major droughts, highlighting the severity of our water problems.
The distressing events of Chennai's water crisis in 2019 serve as a powerful reminder of our vulnerability. "Day Zero" arrived in June, when the city's reservoirs dried up, forcing it to import a whopping 10 million trucks of drinking water daily.
Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri rightly points out that India's water crisis isn't just about scarcity; it's about how we handle what we have. While political actions and treaties can help with water rights, they don't address the core issues of how we use, plan, and manage our water systems. Puri suggests decentralizing water management and giving more power to local communities.
To tackle the impending crisis, the government has taken significant steps. India's first water census, released in May 2023, digs into the factors causing water stress and outlines ways to save water. The report highlights key factors like a growing population, unpredictable monsoons due to climate change, excessive groundwater use, and water pollution, which makes 70% of surface water unsuitable to drink.
Aside from mismanagement, not treating wastewater properly worsens the crisis. Urban India produces a massive 72,368 million liters of sewage daily, with only a small part getting treated. Water inequality and unsustainable urban water use, like unregulated borewell digging, make things worse.
Despite these challenges, there's hope. Cities like Chennai and Shimla have made impressive progress in managing water better. Chennai, for example, recycles wastewater to meet industrial needs.
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