Water Conservation: Everyone’s Responsibility

Manu Goel

The 3rd World War, they say will be fought on water. Weird, as it may sound, this statement could well come true if analyses the current water situation across the world, particularly in India and few Third World countries. Water is one commodity which only nature can provide and we need to respect it and use it with utmost care.

In India, the water situation changes from region to region and is different round the year. At times, due to heavy rainfall, there are floods and at other times there is drought.

It is the duty of the Government and every individual to understand the importance of water in our day-to-day life and make every effort to conserve it. First and foremost is that rainwater should be stored in water bodies.  There are plenty of them lying defunct and need to be revived. Furthermore, water logging during monsoons is a common sight. These waters should be diverted into pits that can raise the fast depleting groundwater levels.

The Government should make Rainwater Harvesting (RWH), pits mandatory for government buildings and educational institutions. A lot of rainwater gets wasted below flyovers. This needs to be channelised too. The Delhi Government has made them mandatory for individual houses and apartment complexes. It is a joint effort and the duty of every individual to contribute to stopping water wastage. Another reason for water wastage is leakages in Jalboard pipes that are old and get damaged easily. It is their duty to attend to this issue regularly.

In these times, most of the city households have installed RO systems in their kitchens as one feels water supplied by Jalboard is not purified properly and can cause health issues. One should get water tested and if required, only then go for this alternate arrangement. In this, it's very essential to collect the water from the RO pipes and used for watering plants or for other household purposes. One should not wash cars and drive-in passage with hose pipes. Instead, this can be done with bucket water.

Jal board should go for sewage treatment plants in all areas so that this water replaces potable water that is used for horticulture. One needs to moderate even saving water that is left untouched by guests which would otherwise be poured out into kitchen sinks. One should be careful and not waste this precious commodity in any way.

These are some of the ways of water conservation which might help in the long run. We have to think of our future generation so that they are not deprived of this basic commodity.

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