According to WHO, every minute a newborn baby dies due to lack of clean water. Even if it’s not happening where you live, that’s the future staring at us in the face.
Take, for instance, the water crisis in Chennai. Nearly every household in the city has tasted the bitter pill, all thanks to the worst drought Tamil Nadu has seen in over 140 years. Chennai’s water supply — which used to be 830 million litres of water a day (MLD) — has trickled down to mere 470 MLD.
Homes dependent of Metro water often go without water for as long as 24-48 hours. Worse, no fixed timings for supply means many are skipping work, missing college, putting off everything they are supposed to do only for one thing — to make sure they are ready to fill every bucket and utensil they can possibly fill when the water finally comes.
Stuck deep in water crisis, most Chennai apartments are relying solely on private water suppliers. Sadly, this is just a short-term solution and one that doesn’t come cheap. If you’ve experienced this, you may have spent well over Rs.10K on maintenance costs — a large chunk of which may have gone into sourcing drinking water from private suppliers. Unfortunately, even this doesn’t guarantee constant supply of water.
But there is a ray of hope. If you choose wisely the location where you’ll stay, you can evade most of these issues. A location with sufficient ground water availability like Eden Park can cut out the water problem from your lifestyle. Plus, facilities for rain water harvesting and water re-cycling reduces the average cost for apartment maintenance remarkably.
However, that doesn’t mean you can — or should — turn a blind eye to the bigger problem. It’s a matter that goes far beyond the question of daily convenience. While, yes, the government needs to come up with better strategies to address the issue of water crisis in Chennai, things won’t change unless you’re willing to do your part.
Wondering what sacrifices you have to make to save water? Not much, really. By making just a few small changes in your daily routine, you can make a big difference. Here are some tips on how you can start using water more responsibly:
- Invest in water-efficient appliances and household products.
- Cut down your shower by a minute or two and you can save up as much as 150 gallons per month.
- Use soaps and detergents that produce less lather. This can help save up to 50 percent of water.
- Place a filled 1.5 litres bottle in your toilet cistern to save 1.5 litres of water in each flush.
- Instead of a hose pipe, use a bucket of water and sponge to wash your vehicle.
With the water crisis looming large, we need to keep looking for new ways to conserve water in and around our homes. Otherwise, there’s nothing that can save us from the grim future that many countries worldwide are facing already.