Our planet is surrounded by trillion liters of water but only a portion of it is fit for drinking. It is as much essential for our living as for industrial enterprise. Over the last few decades water has become a commodity. Thinking of commodities, recently I was listening to a former army general during a conference. He recalled a real life incident, ‘one of my business friends came to me one day and told me that he wanted to take advantage of the crisis in Middle East! I felt he’s being selfish but he was my friend! He wanted me to think over and come with an idea!” The general said, “I couldn’t think of even one item that he could sell! Yet, when the time came, we met again I told him, “You can sell bottled water there! When anybody lands there, he wants to drink water which is possibly not poisoned!” My friend accepted the advice to make a fortune out of it!
Apart from wars, the staggering rise in population, intensifying industrialization and growing agriculture have also compelled the demand for water across the globe.Our country, too, is fighting the war against a new crisis of the modern times which is supplying safe drinking water to each household.The Central Water Commission, Ministry of Drinking Water, Government of India lately reported that only 4% our water resources which is available through rivers is fit for drinking, irrigation etc.It is well known that most people in our country still cover long distances to fetch safe drinking water.Fortunately there’s someone we can look up to – Rajendra Singh is a former medic turned water conservation activist. He received the “Nobel Prizefor Water” award in recognition of his exemplary implementation of rainwater harvesting techniques to address the problem of water crisis in Rajasthan. He encouraged the villagers to build low-level mud banks which can hold water during the rainy season. The stored water seeps down to the ground thus replenishing the ground water. This technique of water conservation are certainly not new but were designed during the Indus Civilization. The judges of Stockholm Water prize described this technique as cheap & simple and yet powerful enough to prevent floods and also restore soil and rivers.
Archaeological scientists have discovered that about 1 million people inhabited the Indus Valley Civilization. That they were very much apprehensive about the idea of saving water is evident from the wells and tanks found in the valley to harvest rainwater. Dholvirain Gujrat is another city from the ancient world where people created reservoirs, dams and such systems which could help them for store fresh water. Guptaji learn this valuable lesson from our ancestors which should remind us that nothing is impossible. The need of the hour is that we must learn to adopt similar techniques which can help us save any quantity of water. There’s so much we as individuals can do to save water, after all, charity begins at home!
Water conservation reduces the shortage of water. All of must share this responsibility to save every droplet of water and the first and foremost principle is to use it wisely. Every step we take to conserve water is a step taken towards securing our future. Be it your office or your home – we need to incorporate right practices to create a better world. Here are a few ideas most of us can incorporate:
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