Noting that recycling is also the need of the hour as the used water cannot be just thrown away
New Delhi: Against the backdrop of tensions, that often erupt into violence, among states like Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Haryana and others over sharing water of common-flowing rivers, its usage pattern needs drastic change, say experts. India can no longer afford to remain in its existing “use-and-throw-away” mode. Unless the country starts conserving water and re-uses it by recycling, besides addressing issues like contamination of drinking water, these experts believe a major water crisis is just round the corner.
They also recommend new methods of irrigation as over 80 percent of the available fresh water in the country is used for farming.
Himanshu Thakkar, the coordinator of South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers and People (SANDRP), said that groundwater is one of the major sources of fresh water in India — but it is not unlimited and hence has to be utilised more sensibly.
“Groundwater is a major source of water in our country and dependence on this is increasing with each passing day. We are drawing more water than we are recharging,” Thakkar told IANS. “The usage of the groundwater has to be regulated. It’s high time that we did so,” he added.
Noting that recycling is also the need of the hour as the used water cannot be just thrown away, he said: “It has to be used again and again. India cannot afford any more wastage.”
S.K. Sarkar, a former Secretary of the Ministry of Water Resources, echoed this, saying that India will soon become a water-stressed country.
“There is a silent water crisis in the country. It primarily affects the poor. It’s already there and we still think that the water problem is not our problem,” he said, adding: “Everybody has to understand this.”
He said a major portion of India’s water is used for irrigation and to minimise this, new methods of farming need to be developed. IANS
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