Water's crisis is ours to change

Each drop must bring more crop and more of everything

Sunita Narain New Delhi

By the time you read this, the crisis will be over. It will be business as usual. Instead of acute and crippling water shortage, the worry will be floods. But the fact is that this relief is temporary. The fact is also that this season of plenty is when we need to prepare for the longer season of scarcity. But we don’t.
This summer the Himalayan town of Shimla literally ran out of water. But this is not the only town to confront this crisis. According to the 2018 Composite Water Index of the NITI Aayog, 600 million people — roughly half of Indians — face high to extreme water crisis; worse, 70 per cent of the available water is contaminated. And by 2020, Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai and Hyderabad will run out of groundwater and by 2030, as much as 40 per cent of India will have no drinking water.
But this is one future we can change. Water is a replenishable resource — it snows and rains each year. More importantly, other than
Disclaimer: These are personal views of the writer. They do not necessarily reflect the opinion of or the Business Standard newspaper

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First Published: Jul 02 2018 | 5:55 AM IST

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