Saturday, 3 April 2010

Our water

Those of us who buy bottled water without thinking twice should shut up about the water problem. We deserve it. And we deserve what is going to happen in the future. We deserve the water mafia. We deserve corporatisation of water. We deserve the foul smelling water dripping from taps. We deserve to pay a hundred times more for water. With every litre consumed.

Why, you ask.

For if we had questioned that why don’t we get clean water in our taps we would not be here in the first place - throwing our hands in despair while a handful of people hold our water supply to ransom.

Those of us living in cities where monsoon is aplenty deserve to pay hefty sums for water tankers and fill our tanks with worm infested water. We deserve the trickle supply from the municipal corporation.

Why, you ask.

Why indeed the question would come back to us. Why isn’t our building or house equipped with a water harvesting system? Who will come and do it for us? If we don’t know how water harvesting can solve our water problems, whose fault is it? We have access to more information than any other generation of people in any other age. What stops us from googling water harvesting and finding out just how we can benefit from it.

Those of us living in cities where rivers used to run fresh, deserve the gutters these rivers have become. We deserve the Yamuna and the Mithi and the Ganga and the Chambal. Polluted and out of breath.

We deserve the gutters and our complains should end up like bags of degraded plastic thrown in the river at 2000 per second.

Why, you ask.

Why indeed the question will fill our nostrils like stench. Why don’t we come out in numbers and protest. It’s our rivers. If the land mafia would rather they run dry then take the land mafia to task. If the industries would rather they carried effluents and not water, then let the industries know that there are far bigger things than profit.

Fresh water is disappearing fast from the face of this planet. And in India we used to have enough. We wasted it. We are wasting it. Millions of litres every second. There is only one thing we must remember. It’s not government’s water. It’s not municipality’s water. It’s not Coca-Cola’s water. It’s our water. It’s our problem. And we will have to solve it. Unfortunately it will require more than us using 5 litres less water every day. It will require us asking some serious questions. Addressed to ourselves, to begin with.


John Doe said...

when i was in my early teens i got into an argument with an old man in a bus who commented that there would come a time when people would need to buy water and air.

i found the idea too absurd.

now that i am older, with my share of grey in my leftover hair i realise how wise that man really was.

and to youngsters who will claim that buying air to breathe is absurd, i'd say... wait and watch kiddos.

John Doe said...

by the way:

Medieval Or Modern said...

we watch each drop. And wait for it to disappear.
Delhi was deluged when it rained last year. Where did all the water go?
Few apartment complexes have a working rain water harvesting system. And so far, it has not crept into our psyche that the commodity is precious. And we need to act now for it to remain.
We need to take up the large corporate developers..who turn everything around to create a glass and concrete monster, and do nothing about creating or preserving natural resources in these buildings.
Yes we deserve the Yamuna... but do those birds deserve it? And the fauna and which flourishes on its banks a little up on the map, and turns to hyacinth and dead fish in our city?