Delhi Water Crisis : One of the most vital life supporting elements is getting degraded day by day. The capital city is facing a massive water crisis. According to the World Bank predictions, the next war among neighbouring nations and cities will be because of the water. And the capital city is already having rough beginning with Haryana.
Delhi water problem is different from a water shortage or crisis. It’s not that we don’t have enough water. Water resources are good enough to fulfil the thirst of every Delhite, but we are unable to manage our resources well.
Ban RO Water Purifier in Areas where TDS Level is below 500 mg/litre
After multiple surveys and analysis, National Green Tribunal has come up with the regulations to conserve water. NGT surveys speak that water which is below the TDS level of 350 is fit for drinking. The quality of the water is reliable and safe to use and hence no RO purification is required. Those within 900 needs treatment and above 1200 is unfit for drinking purposes.
RO, also known as reverse osmosis is the process of removal of impurities by applying external pressure through a semipermeable membrane. The problem with RO systems is that they eliminate almost 60 per cent of the formerly supplied water, which causes a lot of water wastage. NGT has also put a proposal of probation of RO usage to those areas of Delhi where the TDS count is less than 300. During the process of RO purification, even useful and essential minerals are eliminated from the water.
The main concern raised by NGT was the enormous water wastage by RO purifiers during RO process. Additionally, they have suggested using the extra discharged water in everyday activities like Cleaning Utensils, Floor Cleaning, Flushing instead of regarding it as complete wastewater.
Failure of Delhi Jal Board
Delhi Jal Board is the government organisation responsible for the distribution of water throughout the city. No doubt, they have failed miserably at doing so. Apart from the general water supply, there’s so much of drinking water problem as well.
Various parts of the city receive their water through tanks. No suitable means of water pipeline has reached them. Many Jal Board infrastructures have degraded due to poor maintenance and care. Improper storage and cheap quality transportation have commenced to almost 52% of direct water loss. Pollution has caused so much damage to our Yamuna river. Irrespective of the fact that it’s the heart of water supply to the various sections of Delhi, we are still bordering to a big water crisis. Pollution is one thing, but there are various other environmental issues in Delhi as well.
Together we must address the Delhi Jal Board to step up and take the necessary actions soon. We are already involved in the conflicts of water distribution with Haryana. Non-robust supply system, unmetered water supply, non-authorised water usage all of these have been influential contributors to this problem.
The toxicity of Yamuna river has been to a mark where without the treatment of this water, it just can’t be used anywhere. Now comes the role of trees. Neglecting the importance of these beautiful natural creatures, we cannot be any more ignorant. Not just the trees keep control of atmosphere, weather and quality but also serve as groundwater regulators, feed rivers and act as natural water filtration bodies.
As the ever-increasing population is not coming to a full stop, we are generating more and more garbage every day. Due to inappropriate disposals, a large amount of waste remains un-dumped every day. These units are then forcibly discharged into the river bodies. Since we are not facing the post effects of it, we end up settling them all like this. Not are we just escaping from the problems of today, but creating the brand new problems for tomorrow as well.
Following up the fake promises of more water or electricity wouldn’t come true unless we start using them effectively. Natural resources are not something like the words which keeps coming out of someone’s mouth. They just can’t be artificially created unless they are conserved. Every single drop counts.
What to do then?
Small steps taken over long periods of time leads to big implementations which are to be recognised later. A lot of fresh water is flushed every day. To avoid that scenario, one should take preventive measures. These include:
a) Switching off taps when not in use.
b) Brushing with a mug of water instead of doing it with the flowing water.
c) Car washing with a suitable amount of water. (Too much water won’t make your car cleaner)
d) Rainwater harvesting at every residence and rooftops.
As an individual, these preventive measures can help conserve a lot of water than you can even imagine.
On the other hand, we are paying less for the amount of water we consume. Irrespective of the economic status, a subsidy system should be released which should offer a sufficient amount of water to an affordable price. The authority should then add substantial subsidy for the users who go beyond that limit. In turn, this will make everyone understand the value of this precious element and influence them to put efforts towards its conservation.
The government should encourage a decentralised system of water distribution and treatment rather than one centralised system. In this way, working of other nodes will remain unaffected by issues caused in one node.
As discussed earlier, we have enough water resources to complete everyone’s need, but the management is something which matters a lot. The government should take strict and accurate measures to ensure the proper channelling and distribution of water. Computers can regulate the database to store all the information moreover smart computing algorithms can critically analyse the problem to suggest constructive solutions. As responsible citizens of Delhi, we must keep our cities clean and evergreen. We don’t own any of these resources. We are sharing this with every other living being including our future generations, who have the same rights as we do. We should be responsible for our actions and contribute towards the betterment of society and everyone’s well being.