Is Chennai the Next Capetown!

A topic that I left not to touch upon but a need arises to talk about it. Have you ever heard of this story Capetown Crisis! It is the first city to run out of water in the world. But, thanks to Nature which showed some mercy for the people and brought good rains this year for their survival. You know what, Chennai is going to face this “ Day Zero ” soon. Day Zero is when most of the city’s taps will be switched off — literally.

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What will happen if we face Day Zero?

  1. You will be restricted to consume specified litres of water (maybe 10)per day that too you will be forced to go to collection sites across the city to fetch water.
  2. Significant risk of increased waterborne diseases such as informal settlements, and critical services like hospitals.
  3. You will be demanded to pay a huge amount to the Government for the extra water you need.

Will this happen? Perhaps not. But people may resort to violence in an attempt to prevent a nightmare scenario like this.

A video that clearly depicts the scenario of our situation tomorrow…

Do Watch!

Got a glimpse, So let's analyze how is the water scarcity condition in Chennai as of July 2019?

It is worse, getting worse and the worst! Increased living status is linked with high resource wastage and People forget that natural resources are supposed to be used not misused. The city’s main reservoirs have run dry. Borewells are depleted and the groundwater levels have fallen sharply. The main reason is 70% of urban sewage in India is untreated and is disposed of directly to the water bodies that creates quite a lot of health and environmental concerns.

Who is responsible for it? It is none other than you and me, not the government. If we had been more aware of water management we would have not have faced this today.

But the good news is, it is never too Late!

There is still time to repair the damage one. So, here are five effective ways you can save WATER as an individual!!!

1. Rainwater Harvesting: It is crucial to harvest both the rooftop and the setback areas in a household, to preserve precious drops of water from getting into the sea. Roof-top rainwater harvesting which can be implemented in individual houses and apartment complexes involves diverting and storing a part of the rainwater that falls on the roof of a house. You can also feel good about the fact that you are saving the precious resource for generations to come.

2. Growing Trees: Many people find this as a stupid thing but believe me growing trees take water from the soil and release it into the atmosphere. Tree leaves also act as interceptors, catching falling rain, which then evaporates causing rain precipitation elsewhere — a process known as evapotranspiration. This is something Cool!


3. Reuse the Water More: Re-using the water as much as possible such as, using water after washing clothes for gardening, vehicle washing, washing utensils etc… Install dual water supply lines: Freshwater line which only supplies potable water to kitchen, shower and washbasin. Recycled water line, which only goes to flushing, car washing & driveway cleaning etc.

4. Avoid Leakages: Be Plumbing Prepared! Regularly check your kitchen pipes and the dishwasher hose for slow leaks. Make sure that you can turn it on and off since in case you ever have a burst pipe you’ll be able to cut off the flow before it floods the house.

5. Be Responsible! : Last but not least, be responsible for yourself! There are tons of methods and ways by which we can save water unless you have some interest to make efforts do for. Instead of saying to save water, first, try not to waste water. Do remember “ Tiny drops make a mighty ocean! ”

Heavy hearts, like heavy clouds in the sky, are best relieved by the letting of a little water. — Christopher Morley

So, Why there to wait, Let’s get started, people. There is much water to be saved! And we belong to that last generation who can make a difference…

An explorer looking forward to exploring the world! In the mean process, wishing to live a meaningful life.