Originally posted on waterreuse:
The issue of water scarcity in India is growing at the same rate as the population of the country. Think tanks involved in the finding of solutions for this issue are not able to palpate the pulse of the troublemaker. As a result, the mudslinging continues. The buck is passed from people to the politicians and to those who are dealing with the distribution of public water.
There are plenty of rivers in India and about half of India is bordered with oceans. Rains are unpredictable but they still pour in quantities that are more than enough. Municipal corporations and administrations in the towns of India have figures to show that they have enough water that is distributed to almost all those areas which come under their jurisdiction. But at the end of it, the common man has to jostle for water and wait for hours.
A lot of analysis is being done to find a final solution for the problem of India water scarcity. People, at the helm of affairs, are writing policies, discussing, organising meetings, and trying to do many other things. But at the end of the day, the common man sleeps with an agonising thought that the next day morning they will have to again wake up early to join the queue for water.
Like in many other issues in India, the disparity of water supply is big, with some people getting more than sufficient amount of water while a majority of them are going water less. Wastewater goes into the drains and through them finally flows into the rivers. The rivers have become moving bins rather than streams of water. Every major city that has a river flowing across it or near it has industrial development. But, as a side effect of the industrialisation, the rivers have become the dumping ground of waste products.
Wastewater treatment could therefore be one of the solutions to this pan-Indian problem. But those who have tried their hands in wastewater treatment lament the fact that the pollution in the rivers is presently so high that the cost of treatment has escalated. Some are also of the opinion that the public distribution system is quite disrupted and it requires better regulation to equalise the disparity and gap in the supply. In answer to such queries, those at the top positions are concerned that people will not agree to pay more because an even distribution will incur more expenditure. If water reuse plants are being installed, then there will be issues of expenses which the common man doesn’t agree to comply with.
Finally, everyone has the concerted opinion that the water pollution is the main culprit because this is something that makes the available water in India, unusable. But the blame for water pollution again goes around and seems to be distributed among the masses, officials and the industrial development.
Such points are topics of discussion whenever the question of the condition of India water arises in the country. Apart from shifting of the responsibilities, very less has actually been done by the people, the government and those who want to bring a change.