Thirst


We take water for granted. Water is not just a concern for the future but is quite clearly a current Issue. Water issues must be framed in the wider context, including issues of efficiency of distribution , availability of safe, clean water, improving water resources, reducing travel and  transport time of water distributions, focusing on documenting how companies are using the water resources and how they handle pollutants etc. Based on current projections and research global population growth is set to rise from 6.7 billion today to over 9 billion in 2050. Unlike fossil fuels, water has no substitutes or alternatives and the way that water is currently managed in many countries is simply unsustainable.

Recently New York city’s Department of Design and construction worked with a team to provide guidelines on how to save water. Find more details of this good project at http://new.pentagram.com/2011/09/new-work-water-matters/

Our Municipal corporation , state Govt. should work with builders, engineers, architects to make sure water usage and distribution is done well while permitting building constructions or infrastructure development of a town or a city.

Did you know that water makes 60% of human body, 80% of blood, 70% of brain. We can survive a month without food but we cannot survive without water for more than a week. Water that existed for millions of years exists today also and it covers most of the planet. Only 3% of that is fresh water and most of that is ice and 1% is used by humans and industry.

Did you know that most of the water is wasted in over pumping,  flushing toilets, washing clothes ,   leaking pipes, taking showers (10 minute shower uses 50 gallons of water) , filling bath tubs,  brushing teeth while tap running(4 gallons but without tap running it just .25 gallons)

Did you know that millions of people live on less than 3 gallons of water per day? Millions of people are becoming refugees because of contamination in water and they are forced to move out of their homelands. On top of this we are now experiencing global warming and extreme weathers with floods in some places and dry lands in some places. One in five doesn’t have clean water to drink. According to United Nations a child dies due to contaminated water every 15 seconds. We might run out of water before we run out of oil.

As both the world population and the demand for clean water are increasing, water availability is decreasing in some locations around the world. We are already experiencing the scarcity of water for agriculture use in India. We saw India suffering from losses in food production and high prices of agricultural products. Our Water problem is becoming a hunger problem too.  check the below links

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=is-india-running-out-of-water

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=climate-change-impacts-staple-crop-yields

http://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode.cfm?id=wasted-food-equals-wasted-energy-10-10-03

Heavy use of water by industry is building up pressure on this precious natural resource too. There is some awareness by global corporations about  the water problem and they are taking some steps

The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) has turned its attention to water as well and recently released the results of its first Water Disclosure (WD) questionnaire More can be learnt here (https://www.cdproject.net/CDPResults/CDP-2010-Water-Disclosure-Global-Report.pdf)

Here are a few highlights from the 2010 CDP WD report, which went out to 302 of the world’s largest companies. Of the respondents (and 25 unsolicited submissions)…

  • 50 percent of the companies foresee near-term risks (1 to 5 years), with 39 percent currently experiencing impacts such as disruption to operations from drought or flooding, declining water quality, and increases in water prices.
  • 67 percent already report on water related issues to the board or executive committee level.
  • 89 percent have developed specific water policies, strategies and plans
  • 60 percent have set water-related performance targets

And the CDP WD is not alone — several key reports on water risk and opportunity have recently been released.  Check this links for more information.

http://www.sabmiller.com/files/reports/water_future_report.pdf

http://www.edf.org/documents/490_AQUA.pdf

http://www.2030waterresourcesgroup.com/water_full/Charting_Our_Water_Future_Final.pdf

http://www.croptrust.org/main/laboutus.php

http://www.nature.org/ The Nature Conservancy protects Earth’s most important natural places — for you and future generations — through great science and smart partnerships

http://www.unep.org/dewa/vitalwater/index.html

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has taken a lead position over the last 30 years, in assessing and monitoring the state of global water resources and their use and management. In collaboration with partners and collaborating centers, it collates and analyzes water resource data on a global scale.

Finally water is desired, beneficial and  necessary.

Now you know that we live in a thirsty world. We are all thirsty, agriculture is thirsty, industry is thirsty. It is time we take a serious look of how we use water daily. Do your best to rethink about this issue and please let your friends also be made aware about water problem?

Water will be next issue for war between countries in future.

some more links on water http://www.watercanary.com/Water_Canary.html

http://www.varshajal.com/

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7 thoughts on “Thirst

  1. It is hard to accept the bare facts of nature.Once it was plenty. Now we are counting on it. Guess its hard for our people to realise the harsh realities…The moment when they refused to offer a carry bag to pack all my items from grocery, I was really happy..It is all over now and they started using plastic bags again. I guess there should be some effective way of telling people the facts that how much a plastic bag costs the environment…how much the water we waste now counts on next…

  2. Thank you sir for sharing such a alarming topic. I think time will
    come where people will fight for water if we continue wasting water.
    The impacts of climate change is devastating and now the impact of water scarcity will be even more perilous.

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