We all need water, obviously.
Lucie has a regular stop in a ‘paddling pool’ at a neighbours house. Jains in particular will leave out water and food for cows, birds and dogs.
One of our big problems locally is there just isn’t enough water for drinking or agriculture, let alone industry. So you’d think we’d be a tad more careful with it? Nah….. The re is a massive dispute with the neighbouring state. The Kaveri river passes through Karnataka (our state) before reaching Tamil Nadu, there’s insufficient water so do we find a way to share the problem? Nah, we’re first in the queue so we take what we want. This is a worldwide problem, look anywhere: California, Australia, wherever, same problem.
What is is about us? We know the problems, we know we need to act but do we, not in any significant or meaningful way. As highlighted in this insightful book our empires collapse for many different reasons but almost always because we do t recognise what’s at the end of our collective noses and do something about it.
Water is of course a massive problem around the world.
Same here in Mysore.
Close to where we live new borewells are being drilled because that house needs it, of course. Let’s look after our own.
So who cares?
2 thoughts on “Water”
Agreed this problem is global, we see this happening on many river systems here in Aus (e.g. Murray Darling). I saw this also in Cyprus – particularly with boreholes. As a father left his plot to his two sons, they’d need a second bore for the other half of land created. I worked in Cyprus in early 2000s and then the water table was dropping so fast that seawater was entering the aquifer. Then there was no water for irrigation (lemons and POTATOES) meaning there was no longer “free” water for anyone. This will happen in India very soon I am sure (e.g. Bangalore where the water table was dropping about a metre a year, from memory). In Cyprus when I was there they had just opened their first desal plant, previous to this they shipped in water (like a number of small Mediterranean Islands). Now there are at least 4. For cities like Bangalore there is no nearby seawater to desalinate. So what’s the solution? Rainwater harvesting – tricky as all the rain comes in a short season. Recycling – this allows wastewater to be treated for reuse. Conservation – tricky as this requires everyone to be on board to make it work.
I found it especially ironic that where water is supplied intermittently, due to high leakage and low supply, that taps are left open with containers placed underneath. This ensures that when the water is turned on that the person will end up with a full container. However, I saw a number of these simply overflowing and water going to waste as the person was clearly out and unaware the water had been turned on. Very depressing to know if you are the next town downstream.
I hear that this is a very tricky problem to solve (especially in India), but the Indians are engenius people who will develop a solution somehow.
Absolutely Stuart. I’m just back from walking Lucie and a sump tank is overflowing up the road. So simple to resolve. Lack of awareness? Don’t give a damn? It’s astonishing really how people throughout the world are both insensitive and inactive. Happy marriage! Best wishes, stephen