Article #84 India’s Water Disaster: 20% of the World’s Population Utilizing 4% of the World’s Water

India is facing the worst water crisis in generations, with a population of nearly 1.4 billion people in the country and extensive poverty this severe problem is compounded on a yearly basis. Nearly all of India’s water sources are polluted so badly that they often resemble brown sludge instead of the clear liquid that has hydrated life across the planet for millions of years.

Mismanagement of the water sources, city planning, environmental strategies and humanitarian issues are just the tip of the iceberg to help resolve this massive problem. The situation in the country is serious, so serious in fact that it is unlike anything seen before.

Sanitation in urban areas is becoming so bad that it has become nearly impossible to solve this disaster. Interstate disputes over river waters have become progressively intense and widespread. So bad in fact that not even one city in India can provide its residents with clean tap water for a single week long period.

This is good news over the short term but with a population of almost 1.4 billion people in a nation with a complex water usage history the situation must be correctly managed for the future prosperity of the nation and its people

The politicians and the government that run the country seem to have lost all compassion towards fixing this abomination. It seems that political leaders are only concerned about the upcoming election to be re-elected or become a new leader in a specific area. They have failed to take responsibility for the long-term sustainability of India’s water resources and the health and well being on future generations.

https://thewaterproject.org/water-crisis/water-in-crisis-india

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_supply_and_sanitation_in_India

https://qz.com/931878/india-is-facing-its-worst-water-crisis-in-generations/

This map created by the most recent data from NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellites between 2003–2014 show that Indias reservoirs in parts of the nation may be actually recovering slowly. Areas with brown are where the underground aquifers have depleted, while areas with green are slowly being replenished. This is good news over the short term but with a population of almost 1.4 billion people in a nation with a complex water usage history the situation must be correctly managed for the future prosperity of the nation and its people. (Map Credit: Joshua Stevens from the NASA Earth Observatory)

India’s Water troubels are illustrated here: (Video Credit: NASA Video via Youtube)
Indian family getting water (Photo Credit: Mikhail Esteves via Flickr)