Friday, June 14, 2013

Water crisis in India


Millions of Indians currently lack access to clean drinking water, and the situation is only getting worse. India’s demand for water is growing at an alarming rate. India currently has the world’s second largest population, which is expected to overtake China’s by 2050 when it reaches a staggering 1.6 billion. According to 2001 census 68.2% households have access to safe drinking water. The department of drinking water supplies estimates that 94% of rural habitations and 91% urban households have access to drinking water. But according to experts these figures are misleading simply because coverage refers to installed capacity and not actual supply.37.7 million People –over 75% of whom are children are afflicted by waterborne diseases every year. Overdependence on groundwater has brought in contaminants, fluoride being one of them. Nearly 66 million people in 20 states are at risk because of the excessive fluoride in water. India must start conserving water, begin to harvest rainwater, treat human, agricultural, and industrial waste effectively, and regulate how much water can be drawn out of the ground.

1 comment:

  1. Hello,

    I found an article about the Warka Water Tower on Smithsonian.com. This amazing invention, “…Pulls Drinking Water Out of Thin Air...”, from water vapor. The article goes on to say, “Designer Arturo Vittori says his invention can provide remote villages with more than 25 gallons of clean drinking water per day.” It is an affordable, cleaner and better alternative than buying oil water from the oil companies.

    Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-tower-pulls-drinking-water-out-of-thin-air-180950399/#o3yqglCmz3RYMzlr.99

    I’m hoping that you can pass this information on and help with the water shortages in India. (Or other places.) Using many of these on larger American farms would even cost less than what some farmers were already paying annually for water! For a 160 acre alfalfa farm, which requires roughly 240 million gallons of water per year, you would need 26 Warka Water Towers. At roughly $500 apiece, that is around $12,000 a year!! (I use alfalfa as an example, because it is one plant that needs a lot of water to grow. Grains use significantly less.)

    Recently, I watched a you tube about how a Southern California farmer used to pay $80,000 for water annually. Now he pays upwards to $1 million for the same amount!! This is a really wonderful idea that just isn’t being used, because a lot of people don’t know about it. Please list this as a resource for drought relief so that families can find relief from suffering.

    Thanks so much and have a wonderful day!!

    Kind Regards,

    Jody Danforth

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