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  • Aditya Sawant

    Water, a precious and finite resource, is facing increasing scarcity and degradation worldwide. If we do not take immediate action to address water waste, we risk exacerbating the water crisis and facing severe consequences. This forum highlights the potential outcomes of continued water wastage and emphasizes the urgent need to conserve and manage water resources sustainably.

    Escalating Water Scarcity:
    Water scarcity is a growing global concern, and failing to curb water waste will only worsen the situation. As population growth, urbanization, and industrialization continue unabated, the demand for water is rapidly outpacing its availability. Prolonged water wastage exacerbates the strain on already stressed water sources, leading to increased scarcity, rationing, and conflicts over access to water.

    Environmental Degradation:
    Water wastage has detrimental effects on ecosystems and biodiversity. Excessive water use depletes natural water bodies, such as rivers, lakes, and wetlands, leading to their desiccation and destruction. Aquatic habitats suffer, endangering numerous species dependent on these ecosystems. Moreover, reduced water flow disrupts the natural balance, affecting the health of plants, animals, and entire ecosystems.

    Energy and Economic Implications:
    Water wastage is closely tied to energy consumption. Treating, transporting, and distributing water requires substantial energy inputs. By wasting water, we are not only depleting a valuable resource but also squandering the energy invested in its management. This leads to higher energy demands, increased greenhouse gas emissions, and escalated operational costs for water infrastructure, which ultimately impact consumers and economies.

    Food Security and Agricultural Impact:
    Agriculture is the largest consumer of water globally, and wasteful practices in irrigation have severe consequences for food production. Inefficient irrigation methods result in excessive water use, waterlogging, and salinization of agricultural lands. Reduced water availability can lead to crop failures, lower yields, and increased food prices, jeopardizing food security for vulnerable populations and affecting the overall economy.

    Social and Humanitarian Concerns:
    Water scarcity disproportionately affects marginalized communities, exacerbating social inequalities. In regions where water is scarce, women and girls bear the burden of collecting water, often walking long distances, compromising their safety, education, and economic opportunities. Insufficient access to safe water and sanitation facilities contributes to the spread of waterborne diseases, affecting public health and overall well-being.

    The consequences of failing to stop wasting water are far-reaching and grave. Escalating water scarcity, environmental degradation, energy inefficiency, agricultural disruptions, and social hardships are among the many challenges we face. It is imperative that we prioritize water conservation, adopt sustainable practices, and invest in efficient water management systems. By recognizing the value of water and implementing responsible water use strategies, we can mitigate the impending crisis and secure a sustainable future for generations to come.

    Ritu Biswas
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    Water crisis is a situation when available potable and unpolluted water in a region is less than the region’s demand. Water crisis is a global phenomena and India is no exception to it. According to NITI AAYOG’s report 21 cities of India will run out of groundwater by 2020. According to NITI AAYAOG’s composite water management index per capita availability of water is only 1300cubic meter which was 6008 cubic meter at the time of independence. India ranks 120 among 122 countries in Global Water quality index which speaks of the grim situation.

    There are many causes of water crisis like high population so high demand of water, deforestation, rapid urbanization, lack of civic sense in people regarding water conservation, excessive use of tube wells, excessive use for agricultural practices, pollution of freshwater bodies by industrial effluents and ash spillage, climate change is major reason due to which glaciers are shrinking and freshwater is evaporating.

    Impact are equally perilous like disputes between the states for water and a possibility of war for water in future, many places will run out of water so their survival will become difficult, food shortage, sanitation problems, energy shortages and economic slowdown.

    Possible solution are use of drip irrigation in farming, stringent laws on water pollution, rainwater harvesting, renovation of tradition and other water bodies, reuse of water (greywater) and recharging of structures, watershed management and intense afforestation. State governments have taken various steps like “Jal swawlamban abhiyaan” (Rajasthan), “Jalyukta shivar” (Maharashtra) and “Mission kakatiya” (Telangana) and central government’s jal shakti abhiyaan for addressing the water crisis.

    The government is making every effort to eradicate this dreadful dilemma but our contributions are required. For when these missions are energized by people’s participation, they become vibrant mass movement.

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