Pining for those leather boots on the display window? You would think twice about buying them if you were to see the exhibition Gallery on water conservation at the National Science Center (NSC).
According to the newly opened Water and Water Waste Gallery, 1.6 crore litre of water is used to make 1kg leather.
And if you are non-vegetarian, an exhibit in the gallery tells you that it takes 6,000 liters of water to produce 450g of meat - this includes the consumption by the animal as well.
The gallery, which was inaugurated by Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit on Tuesday, is full of tidbits such as these to make people aware of their water footprint.
The gallery houses 34 displays, which include interactive kiosks, illustrative panels, live models and documentaries. The making of the gallery was executed by Delhi Jal Board (DJB), along with the NSC.
The entry to the exhibition is through a virtual pool of water that develops ripples when one steps on it, creating an environment conducive for the gallery. All displays have information about the sewerage treatment plants, water treatment plants and availability of water on our planet.
The gallery became very popular with children, who were visiting NSC on the opening day. "The exhibits are very informative. I never knew that it takes so much water to make things like cotton shirts and leather; even cultivate fruits!" said Kajal Gaur, a Class 10 student of Vir Savarkar Government School, Nehru Place.
Students from the school underwent training sessions for two days and explained the exhibits and models to the guests after the inauguration.
"We need major lifestyle changes to ensure that water that is available to us today can is there for the coming generation as well," said DJB's chief executive officer Ramesh Negi.
The gallery is a part of an ongoing campaign to stop pollution in Yamuna river and water conservation under Yamuna Action Plan II.
"The gallery will have an important role in educating the citizens of Delhi to the need for water conservation and in bringing about abatement of pollution in the river Yamuna," said Dikshit.