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Life is a difficult game. You can win it only by retianing your birthright to be a person - Abdul Kalam

Monday, May 27, 2013

Water Water everywhere, not a drop to drink

Well, I was riding back to home from office and I noticed a confused crowd running here and there. Curious to know what has happened (as I always intend to do), I stopped the vehicle and walked toward the small narrow street, where I saw a water tanker that has just arrived.

People have thronged the tanker like a swarm of flies to fetch water. Not to mention about the queue, as it was not maintained as always. The crowd ranged from 7yr kid to 60yr elder persons. People were fighting amongst themselves to get a pot of water and none of them were even given a second chance. After half-an-hour of fast-paced drama, the tanker has been drained completely from its last drop of water.

The irritation in their faces were visibly seen as they were allowed only one pot. There were angry faces also and I realized that these lot were not lucky enough to get even a single pot of water. The tanker comes only twice a week and sometimes, it tends to carry half the tank of water due to water shortage in the city. Then I realized, its better to start before the crowd’s angriness turns violent.

As I was heading back to the bike, I wondered on the pitiful life of these people, who had to wage a battle to get a pot of water. What a life, where people has to fightt for their basic needs.

But, does the entire society faces the same problem?? No.

Take our daily life. How many of us have faced these problems??? Atleast 90% of us would say “NO, NEVER”. Reason being money does the trick as we buy water incase of shortage. As we are not aware or even bothered of the scarcity, we tend to waste water knowingly or unknowingly.

Sometimes, we tend to keep the tap open while brushing or we tend to keep the tap open while washing vessels or bathing. There are still ample scenarios to be mentioned.

Just because we don’t feel the pressure of water shortage, doesn’t mean that we can spend water lavishly. We need to understand the difficulty around us and try to preserve water in all possible ways we can, as the situation cannot remain same always.

Just think of the reasons for water shortage. A root cause analysis would say 100% of the water shortage is due to human beings. We don’t seem to preserve rain water. We like destroying trees and never bother about planting it somewhere else. And a lot more could be added to this kitty....

Out of the total quantity of water in the world, more than 95% is sea water leaving a very little as consumable for human beings. This little cannot last long and before this little becomes tiny, its high time that we act, before we start fighting to get even a half pot of water.
A day would come where water becomes more precious and cost would be equivalent or more than that of gold (not to mention that the rate is declining, though its for a different reason)

If we are neither saving water nor recycling it, sooner the human race will end up in a big mess facing water scarcity, wherein it will be “(sea) Water water everywhere, but not even a drop to drink”.