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Afshan Iqbal
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Water is a part of our life that we cannot live without. About 71% of the earth is covered with water and the rest 29% is a part of the land, of which only 0.3% is potable water. And every living life needs water for survival. Scientists and researchers gave the warning sign to the whole world, if we wake up not right now, then only regrets will be left with us. The quality of water is degrading day- by- day, because of water pollution and the wastage of water is at an all-time high. It is predicted by researchers, that by the year 2050, water stress will double, because of global warming. As per the data, from less than a year ago. Clean Drinking Water & Hygienic Sanitation Facilities Continues to be a Distant Dream in India. Why? More than 163 million Indians do not have access to safe drinking water, about 78 % of 1.7 million rural Indianhabitations have access to the minimum required quantity of water. It is also ironic that despite having spent more than Rs 89,956 Crore on the project so far, the government has failed to reap the benefits of the project. The audit report produced by the government that was produced in August 2018 said that the policy even failed to provide two buckets of safe drinking water per person per day which was half of the complete target that was set. The report said that the project had failed to deliver because of poor execution and poor management. Water tables, the level below which the ground is saturated with water, are falling in most parts of India. Minerals like fluoride, arsenic, mercury and uranium are present in groundwater. This is when groundwater contributes to 80 per cent of India’s drinking water and nearly two-thirds of irrigation needs. Even in the case of cleanliness, the situation is fragile. Despite all the hype, our country’s lack of cleanliness remains a major challenge. The issue of garbage disposal is also associated with cleanliness. Today due to the rising urbanisation, waste management has emerged as a major problem in developing countries like India. We have built mountains of trash near our cities, the height and width of these dangerous mountains are increasing day by day. This garbage is dangerous, for both the health and the environment. As a society, we need to change our attitude towards cleanliness and put efforts into saving water and should not pollute water. Let’s make this dream a reality for the sake of our future generations.