According to a recent report by the government think tank NITI Aayog, the groundwater tables in 21 cities of India will dissipate by the year 2020. One of the cities under the major scare of groundwater depletion is Bengaluru. The capital city of Karnataka is experiencing high level of water stress owing to the urbanization and weak water management system. The water crisis in India is mostly credited to lack of government planning, the growth in corporate privatization, industrial and human waste and government corruption. According to many reports, water scarcity in India is expected to worsen as the overall population is expected to increase to 1.6 billion by year 2050.
Excessive digging of borewells and encroachment of lake beds have resulted in massive depletion of groundwater with levels falling to 1500 ft and more. India needs urgent solutions now. Reports state that children in 100 million homes in the country lack access to water, and one out of every two children is malnourished. What the people of India need is justice so that there is an equal inflow of water in all the states and households. The people of Bengaluru have taken a collaborative step with the government to be mindful about the usage of water. Simple tasks like washing full loads in the washing machine or keeping the tap closed while brushing your teeth can go a long way in saving millions of liters of water.
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Experts state that the demand of water in metropolitan cities like Bengaluru is stipulated to be around 200 liters per capita per day (lpcd), the average supply is however, of 100 – 125 lpcd. Indians need to realize that every drop of water needs to be conserved because every drop of water is priceless.
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