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World Water Day 2017: Over 30 scary pictures depicting India’s worsening water-crisis

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Today, the World Water Day 2017 (WWS) is being celebrated with this year’s theme ‘Why Waste Water?”. Apparently, the idea is to encourage water conservation. For a country like India, this day holds special value as it has the largest rural population without access to clean drinking water. As per WaterAid’s report, 62 million people in rural regions do not have access to clean drinking water. This makes India number one in the list trending nations that are facing crisis. The report also suggests that diseases such as cholera, blinding trachoma, malaria and dengue would witness a massive rise in numbers. Also, malnutrition would prevail and prosper as rural people will struggle even to grow food and maintain livestock without water. The women would have to travel more distance on feet to fetch drinking water.

The major share in rising demand of water will come from urban population, which, unfortunately, uses more than they need and are blank about re-use of waste water. As per the report, India’s one sixth ground water resources are over-burdened and over-extraction will soon consume them completely.

natwarghad Village in the western Indian state of GujaratNatwarghad Village in the western Indian state of Gujarat. Photo: Reuters

Urbanization has almost choked lifelines (Rivers) of India like Yamuna and Ganga. Yesterday, the two holy Rivers were granted title of “living human entity” in a judgment by Uttarakhand High Court in hope to encourage conservation. The worst example can be seen in Bengaluru – the garden city of India where lakes have started catching fires. Isn’t it too much?

bengaluru lake catches fireLake in Bengaluru is so polluted that it keeps catching fire. Experts fear, the city will be uninhabitable by 2025

Currently, the best way out is to reclaim waste water by adopting new methods being used in developed nations. Israel, for instance, recycles over 50 percent of its domestic waste-water, which is an incredible solution to water-scarcity.

WWD was first observed in March 1993 after March 22 was designated as the WWD by the U.N. General Assembly. The message was clear – water conservation. But despite that message, here we are in 2017 in a dungeon with water crisis looms over our heads. But still it’s not too late to observe the increasing demand of water and depleting water resources due to various man-made reasons. By 2030, the demand for drinking water is estimated to grow by 50 percent, for which the world isn’t prepared.

A girl carries utensils after filling them with water from a pipe that supplies water to trains at a railway station on the outskirts of AgartalaOn the outskirts of Agartala. Photo: Reuters

India deserves special mention as it has the largest chunk of population without access to clean drinking water. Take a look at some pictures depicting increasing water-scarcity in various regions of India:

Slum dwellers in the northern Indian city of AllahabadSlum dwellers in the northern Indian city of Allahabad. Photo: Reuters

An Indian farmer tries to revive an unconscious cow dying on an unploughed field during a water crisis in Gondiya village. Photo: AFP

Women fight over drinking water from a municipal tanker in AhmadabadWomen fight over drinking water from a municipal tanker in Ahmadabad. Photo: Reuters

Man carrying Hindu god Ganesh statue through the polluted waters of the holy river Yamuna in New DelhiMan carrying Hindu god Ganesh statue through the polluted waters of the holy river Yamuna in New Delhi. Photo: Reuters

Angry People Protest over water scarcity in Shimla, Himachal PradeshAngry people protest against civic body in Shimla for water shortage. Photo: Amar Ujala

Near a polluted water channel in KolkataNear a polluted water channel in Kolkata

Water scarcity drivers out animals out of forests in IndiaWater scarcity drives animals out of forests in India

Siang River at Berasapori village in AssamSiang River at Berasapori village in Assam. Photo AFP

Cops on scene after a murder over water in Chhatarpur district, BundelkhandCops on scene after a murder over water in Chhatarpur district, Bundelkhand

While on her way to a communal tube well at Raichi Wadi village, MumbaWhile on her way to a communal tube well at Raichi Wadi village, Mumbai. Photo: AP

On the banks of the river Ganges in AllahabadOn the banks of the river Ganges in Allahabad

Pedestrians cover their noses as they cross a bridge over a polluted canal in east BangalorePedestrians cover their noses as they cross a bridge over a polluted canal in east Bangalore. Photo: AFP

A submerged hand-pump at Dhuhibala village in AssamA submerged hand-pump at Dhuhibala village in Assam. Photo: Reuters

Villagers walking miles to fetch water in Meni village in GujaratVillagers walking miles to fetch water in Meni village in Gujarat. Photo: Reuters

drinking water from a tanker in Bhopal, IndiaCollecting drinking water from a tanker in Bhopal, India

plastic waste and other litter with the help of a makeshift raft in MumbaiPlastic waste and other litter with the help of a makeshift raft in Mumbai

A man bathes in the polluted waters of the river Yamuna in New DelhiA man bathes in the polluted waters of the river Yamuna in New Delhi

Bathing in contaminated water in Gangnauli village in Uttar PradeshBathing in contaminated water in Gangnauli village in Uttar Pradesh. Photo: AFP

Bellandur Lake to Varthur Lake filled with toxic foam, emanating from sewage in east BangaloreBellandur Lake to Varthur Lake filled with toxic foam, emanating from sewage in east Bangalore. Photo: AFP

Untreated sewage waste falling into the river Ganges in KanpurUntreated sewage waste falling into the river Ganges in Kanpur. Photo: AFP

Lined up to collect drinking water in BombayLined up to collect drinking water in Bombay

Waters of the Yamuna River in New DelhiWaters of the Yamuna River in New Delhi. Photo: Reuters

A municipal tanker in New DelhiA municipal tanker in New Delhi. Photo: Reuters

dried-up Banas river at Sukhpur village, AhmedabadDried-up Banas river at Sukhpur village, Ahmedabad. Photo: Reuters

Dried out bed of the Rajsamand lake near Udaipur in Rajasthan.Dried out bed of the Rajsamand lake near Udaipur in Rajasthan.

Water tanker in DelhiWater tanker in Delhi. Photo: Aljazeera

Boy with cycleRace for drinking water in a Delhi Slum. Photo: Aljazeera

In A Slum of New DelhiIn a New Delhi slum. Photo: Aljazeera

New Delhi Water CrisisNew Delhi Water Crisis. Photo: Aljazeera

In Khomnal village of Mangalwheda Taluk, Solapur, MaharashtraIn Khomnal village of Mangalwheda Taluk, Solapur, Maharashtra. Photo: Greenpeace

Greenpeace activists deposit water in the RBIGreenpeace activists try and deposit water in the RBI to highlight one of the impacts of climate change – Water scarcity. Photo: Greenpeace

India Water ProtestVillagers during a protest against water shortage across the country in New Delhi. Photo: AP

Women Protesting against water-shortage in Shimla, Himachal PradeshWomen protesting against water-shortage in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh. Photo: The Tribune


Residents wait as they get their containers filled with drinking water from a municipal tanker at a slum in KolkataRush for drinking water collection from a municipal tanker at a slum in Kolkata. Photo: Reuters

ndian labourers transport canisters of drinking water to distribute to food stalls in AgartalaIndian labourers transport canisters of drinking water to distribute to food stalls in Agartala. Photo: AFP

world water dayA municipal truck ahead of World Water Day, in Bengaluru.

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