Whether you’re a shopkeeper, a government employee, a businessman or a celebrity — if you live or have lived in Delhi, you know what its water shortage problems are like. While we all know water is a precious resource, sadly, we only realise its value when it’s scarce. The recent water crisis that Delhi faced is still fresh in everyone’s mind. Has to be. Some areas went without adequate supply for as long as 20 days. If we reflect on our daily water usage, we’re all guilty of wasting some water. Shutting the running tap while brushing teeth, taking a bath out of a bucket and not a shower, and cleaning cars with a wet cloth are simple steps in the right direction.
Here, celebs with a Dilli connect give more such tips, and share what is it that they do to save water.
A lot of it has to do with our careless attitude. Why would you wash your car with portable water, that too everyday? You can easily use waste water from your RO system to do that. And that’s just one example. Install a small rainwater harvesting system. It does not take much. Stop concretising every bit of land available. It affects the water table adversely. I remember when I was younger, I could easily smell rain, since there was a lot of natural soil around. MCD (Municipal Corporation of Delhi), stop making pavements everywhere. You are ruining the water table, and you are definitely blocking the sweet scent of rain! All I am going to say is, if we don’t have enough water, it will be difficult to make beer too. Now that’s a bummer, isn’t it?
Actor Manish Paul asks his car washer to clean the car with a wet cloth instead of using a bucket of water. (Waseem Gashroo/HT)
I keep telling everyone to save water. People need to keep a check on their taps because that is a huge way of saving water. Also people fill water bottles when they go out anywhere and then throw whatever amount is left. I myself try and do as much as I can at home to ensure that water is not wasted. For instance, I ask my car washer to clean the car with a wet cloth instead of using a bucket of water. If he does have to use water, I ask him to use as little as possible.
The condition that many of our states are in when it comes to water shortage is saddening. We have to start saving water little by little as every effort matters. People should have a bath from a bucket or take a very quick shower so that too much water isn’t wasted. Also, do not leave the taps running when you’re brushing your teeth. When you go out for meals at a food joint, don’t leave behind any water bottles or water in your glasses. Finish all of it. We are lucky that we have water and should save it for those who don’t.
I feel very strongly about water conservation, so much so that I have never taken a shower. I always have a bath out of a bucket. The amount of water one can save just by this is phenomenal. I also don’t use tap water to brush my teeth. I take water in a tumbler and brush my teeth using that. Also, people should use their taps at slow speeds. For watering plants, I recommend you use the waste RO water. It is anyway good for plants as RO removes all the minerals and vitamins from the water. Another thing that I recommend is that when you’re washing dishes, soak them and rinse them out in a tub full of water instead of wasting tap water.