Posted by: Bratish Poddar on
Nov 13, 2011
Just a few days ago, we did not have water supply in our house for the whole morning. It was a very trying situation and we were dependant on our tank on the roof. We all were trying our best to save this water which had suddenly become very precious. The problem was minor-a broken pipe. However, this really goes to show how the conditions might be in the future. What we did in those 8 small hours, might be what we'll have to do everyday: conserve every drop.
We all take it for granted that conserving water is a trivial matter. We get sufficient water for our daily activities and so rarely stop to think about the future. However, strict water restrictions might soon become compulsory and strictly enforced. In several countries, water restrictions are somewhat voluntary. This should not be forcefully changed but awareness should be created and people's mentalities changed. We must and should reduce our water consumption.
Most people in our world do not have proper access to proper potable water. There are numerous floods in many parts of the world while in some places people toil daily to gain access to water. According to a article in the National Geographic Magazine, slums in Delhi rely on water provided by the government through tankers. The author wrote as a caption to a picture "In a parched Delhi slum, men swarm a tanker to siphon water-more precious than cash and gone in minutes". Another article stated that "Gabra women in northern Kenya spend up to five hours a day carrying heavy jerry cans filled with murky water. A lingering drought has pushed this already arid region to a water crisis." In the slums in India's cities, people often go thirsty for several hours. There are frequent fights for the water provided by the government tankers. An aquifer in Haskell County, Kansas is predicted to dry up in the recent future due to excessive irrigational use. If this is what has already started to take place, what will it be like in the future?
I request all my readers to think about the present crisis of earht's resources. We must use our resources wisely and efficiently.