Water, water, everywhere, And all the boards did shrink; Water, water, everywhere, Nor any drop to drink.”
Water conflicts or water wars are now being seen as a new reality for business and governments. One of the root causes of the long-running war in Darfur in the African continent has been attributed to water. India too has a history of conflicts over sharing of river water. The ongoing issue of the Sutlej-Yamuna Link canal also brings into focus how politics over water sharing can turn ugly in the long run.
Water, the life-giving source on Earth, is now the bone of contention between countries, states and communities. March 22 is observed as World Water Day every year to bring focus on the importance of freshwater and advocating sustainable management of these resources.
Reports by the United Nations
deliver alarming numbers that say 783 million people do not have access to clean water and almost 2.5 billion of the world’s population does not have access to adequate sanitation. In India, two-thirds of homes have no drinking water facility from a treated tap source, and fourfifths are devoid of closed drainage connectivity. Even now, 36% households have to fetch water from a source located within 500 metres in rural areas and 100 metres in urban areas.
We, as responsible and educated citizens, can start by observing practices that save water in our own homes. On World Water Day, Hindustan Times talks to people to gather tips on water conservation at home, in our own simple way.
Dheerja Sharma, geography teacher, GMSSS-16
Careful dish washing: One should not let tap water run continuously and should try washing dishes with stored water.
Say no washing vehicles daily: A huge amount of water is used in washing vehicles. Avoid doing so daily to save water.
Low flow taps: Maximise the use of low flow taps in the wash basins.
Showering: Refrain from letting your shower run continuously and use buckets to keep a check on water consumed.
Water is synonymous to life, so saving it is equivalent to saving lives.
Prerak Sharma, Class 12, Govt Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16
Reusing water: We can direct water from the kitchen sink to water our lawns so as to not depend on an external or extra source for the same.
Detergent mopping: Instead of draining away leftover water used for washing clothes, it can be utilised for mopping and cleaning the house.
Fixing leaks: We must fix leaking outlets as soon as possible to ensure that not a single drop goes waste.
Cistern displacement: This device used in toilets reduces the amount of water used in each flush.
Save water. What is the purpose of talking about water conservation at length when there would be no water left?
Rajni Gupta, homemaker
Switch from dishwashers to traditional washing: Use this tech-savvy version of washing dishes only when the load is full otherwise it is a sheer waste of detergent and water. Also keep a check on running tap water.
Preparing soup: Water for boiling vegetables or any other eatable, can be used for preparing soups or broths.
New ways to water plants: While waiting for water to warm up, the amount of cold water accumulated in the duration, can be used for watering small plants or any other task. The whole idea is to not throw away water and put it to maximum use.
Water-saving shower heads and low-flow faucets: These bathroom fittings will reduce the amount of water supply.
No amount of long discussions or lengthy essays will work; it is time that we put our ideas and strategies to use.