On brink of water crisis, India must take warning seriously – newindianexpress.com.
February 4, 2016
“There was a time when the Yamuna accounted for most of Delhi’s water supply. However, recent reports indicate that the oxygen level in the river is zero which means it is literally ‘dead’. Today, this polluted water cannot be used for anything—let alone drinking. Currently, the capital sources much of its water from Haryana and that, too, is threatened. Recent reports indicate that the Haryana government has been curtailing its water supply to the capital.
Delhi’s water requirement is 900 million gallons per day, but it is falling short by about 50 MGD since this May, according to a senior Delhi Jal Board (DJB) official. At this rate, it is predicted that the summer ahead is going to get harder with many areas in Delhi facing an acute water shortage. With groundwater depleted and other small water bodies either dried up or reclaimed by construction companies, Delhi has no natural sources of water.
Rainwater harvesting would be an option, however, the city, notwithstanding the recent showers, is not receiving enough rain. Water tankers supplying water in parched areas are hardy reliable. Not to mention, they are often unaffordable. When faced with water issue, people often resort to tapping sources that are not entirely safe. A data released by One Drop project estimates that over 805 children have died because of water-borne health hazards.”
Source: Archana Dalmia
Chairperson of Grievance Cell, All India Congress Committee