We have a famous Indian saying, “Anna Daatha Sukhibhava”. A Sanskrit phrase which means blessed is the one who donates food. But to suit the modern day world, we may have to change it to “Jala Daatha Sukhibhava” blessed is the one who donates water. The dried rivers, increased heat, global warming, melting glaciers, thirsty throats, added to the list, we may have to wage wars with other countries for water.
Is it so late to act upon the issue? I feel it is still definitely not out of our hands. The change can be initiated right from the comfort of our homes. Avoid long showers, consider reusing the water for gardening. Teach your children about saving water, make soak away pits in every house. It is a societal issue where government intervention is greatly needed. Imposing fine on water wastage, recycling water, and collecting rainwater and storing it properly can help to avoid water scarcity in the future.
But to be frank, do we really have a water scarcity? Well, around 90% of the water supply in our houses often goes to waste. Yes, of course, we cannot drink more than 4.5 Ltrs in a day. But what about the remaining water we use for washing and cleaning. We can save the water in this regard by using only what is needed.
Mother nature loves us immensely. There are water resources, but we are ignorant of how to protect them and use them properly. Collective effort, government regulations and saving water projects are the solutions to avoid any water scarcity issues.