According to the United Nations, water use has grown at more than twice the rate of population increase in the last century. By 2025, an estimated 1.8 billion people will live in areas plagued by water scarcity, with two-thirds of the world's population living in water-stressed regions because of use, growth, and climate change.
Kenichi Fukui, who was a Japanese chemist, known as the first Asian scientist to receive a chemistry Nobel Prize, famously said that Chemistry itself knows altogether too well that - given the real fear that the scarcity of global resources and energy might threaten the unity of mankind.
Living in Mumbai keeps us away from the problems arising from water scarcity but the fact is that to fuel the water needs of Mumbaikars, many villages in Maharashtra have to bear the cut in water supply to fulfil the fat belly our city has.
There are many actions being taken to solve the problem of water, nationally as well as globally but the bottom line is that this isn’t something which has to be dealt with only at government level but rather every human being has an equal contribution to give or the price to pay sooner or later.
What can we do to contribute? Nothing really just a few tweaks here and there in our daily bad habits, is that too much? We all know what can be done to save wastage of water in a household but just to give a gist.
If you turn off the tap when you brush your teeth – this can save 6 litres of water per minute. By taking a shorter shower. A shower can use anything between 6 and 45 litres per minute. This one is a surprise if you fix a dripping tap. A dripping tap can waste 15 litres of water a day, or 5,500 litres of water a year. And last but not the least water your garden with a watering can rather than a hosepipe. A hosepipe uses 1,000 litres of water an hour.
So, until we don’t learn to clean seawater at an affordable price, let’s make smart choices and make our lives a bit easy for the future us.
Leo Rahul Narula,
Member Of Leo Club Of Juhu.