Nitin Desai’s article “Water: Less govt, more governance” (March 22) draws attention to key issues in the management of water
resources. With the prediction that India might face 50 per cent water
deficit by 2030 (according to a report of Asian Development Bank), there is an immediate need for more efficient use of water
such as in agriculture.
Application of nature-based solutions, restoration of steadily depleting small water
bodies and recycling of used water
in industrial processes should be priority.
pollution is the other area of concern. Nearly 70 per cent of Indians do not have adequate access to safe water
for sanitation and hygiene. Water
supplied by tankers in municipal towns, drinking of river and tank water
without purifying the same and inefficient water
treatment plants are major sources of unsafe water.
Health hazards such as water-borne diseases
and early child mortality are the price people have to pay. Lastly, while macro-level steps are being taken, we at household level, can contribute our bit by reducing water
If we do not realise the gravity of the looming water
crisis, we may soon land in a situation where there will be “water, water
every where, not a drop to drink”.
Y G Chouksey, Pune
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