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Watered down: Evaluating Bengaluru's future as India's IT capital

As Bengaluru segues from a parched summer to torrential rains, citizen groups and authorities evaluate the city's future as India's IT capital

People collect free drinking water from a tanker due to the ongoing water crisis in Bengaluru. The city’s population has tripled since 1990, and it is estimated to require as much as 2,632 MLD of freshwater — half of this comes from the Kaveri and th
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People collect free drinking water from a tanker due to the ongoing water crisis in Bengaluru. The city’s population has tripled since 1990, and it is estimated to require as much as 2,632 MLD of freshwater — half of this comes from the Kaveri and the rest is groundwater. (Photo: PTI)

Ranjita Ganesan Mumbai
In April, Nithin Kamath of Zerodha posted a series of tweets drawing attention to Bengaluru’s escalating water crisis. He mentioned a possible solution: Turning wastewater into drinkable water, which the city-based Boson White Water (BWW) is already doing.
 
The next day, phones at BWW erupted with calls. Apartment complexes, standalone homes, industries — everyone wanted to know more. Though BWW puts partially treated water through an 11-stage system until it comes out highly safe, founder Vikas Brahamavar understands there are miles to go before anyone is willing to drink what was once sewage. 
 
“Some years ago, we were supposed to

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First Published: May 16 2024 | 11:47 PM IST

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