The Importance of Conserving Water - Especially in a Climate Such As India
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The Importance of Conserving Water - Especially in a Climate Such As India

Water is nature's gift to living beings.It is the single most essential component of all things in our lives !

Water is the single most essential component of all things in our lives. Nowadays one needs to pay for water in the cities. We need to be careful using wate, so that others are not deprived of this very essential commodity.  I see people wasting water because they think it is plentiful, even when they have to pay for it. Just now the water rates are not too high, but if we carry on abusing and wasting it, we may have to pay a heavy price to get clean water for our daily use.

Water is a Nature's gift to all living beings.

I am generally very careful with water and try not to waste. I water the plants with water used for washing rice and vegetables.  I never flush unnecessarily and never keep the tap running while washing my face or brushing my teeth.

Because of the intense heat, most tropical countries face water problems, especially during summer months. But I see that most people in my country neither value the importance of water nor do they learn from experience. They waste water when it is plentiful and struggle to find enough water when the levels deplete. It happens at all levels of society. The rich seem to have a disdain for conserving water since they can "afford to pay" for water. The middle class wants to show that they are not far behind, and the poor are completely ignorant. They face the maximum amount of difficulties, and yet they do not care. The best example is my maid, who keeps the tap on while washing utensils even when it is not needed. I keep telling her to turn the tap off when it is not needed, but she fails to understand. In her own home she has to struggle for a pot of water and depends solely on the public tap which serves the entire community. Daily water wars are very common in these localities, and yet they don't seem to realise the importance of water in their lives..

In dry places like Gujarat , Rajasthan and parts of other northern states in India people, especially women, walk for miles together going in search of water sources. During harsh, dry summer months, their entire day is taken up by this task.This sufficiently proves that the government and the local authorities have not been able to find a solution for such a major problem, or that they simply have not had the political will to do so..

An incident comes to my mind:  our neighbors have a huge house with a lawn and garden and during summer their sprinklers are continuously watering the lawns to keep them green and lush--thats o;k, as they buy water from the tankers when the corporation water fails.  Closeby there is a small colony where the poorer section live and sometimes when their public taps go dry.  The poor things came to the neighbors, asking for a pot of water.  I watched as they were turned away without being given any water. The extra water from the compound runs down a little pipe outside the compound and into a gutter, and these peole were desperately trying to catch the flowing water from the pipes in their pots and little mugs , , , what a sad situation! That's how callous most people are.Thankfully, the watchman from our apartment block called them and gave them a few pots of water.

I personally feel that we need to teach the youngsters about respecting natural resources like water, trees, etc.  I feel that not enough is being done to conserve nature; one fine day we will come to regret this. I see most people wasting water unnecessarily and then when there is a shortage they curse the government and the authorities--but they fail to do their part in trying to utilise water in the right manner, and  help in conserving it. Nowadays even the smaller villages are facing water problems because the water tables are connected, and as the need increases the supply decreases--and there is bound to be problem In India. There are talks about linking rivers so that the water gets equally distributed..

Rainwater harvesting--which is nothing but conserving rain water which otherwise would flow away into the sea--for future use is gaining a lot of importance and in some cities the authorities are insisting that each house has its own rainwater conservation system put in place. We have to learn to respect Nature and her bounties.

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Kiran, this article is EXCELLENT. If we, meaning the world, does not learn to protect through conserving the gifts that nature has given us, we will be in danger of losing them. Thank you for your article and also your guidance and example. Marie :) Peace and love to you.

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Thanks a lot Marie for your feed back :) We tend to take nature for granted and thats why there so many calamities happening around the world ...

Excellent article. You could almost replace India with part of the United States in this article. Except the asking for water here is done in the water courts where states sue states for the amount of water they get from certain rivers. There is also a lot of animosity between certain states, Colorado and California for an example. All the swimming pools in southern California filled with Colorado River water while the eastern plain farmers of Colorado run out of water.

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Thanks a lot Sam Montana for your post. Basic human nature is the same everywhere I guess, it just varies in degrees ...

How incredibly sad. I live in a water-rich area; but even here, we sometimes have droughts. It is a shame that people can be so thoughtless.

yes water conservation is very important, it will become even more important globally as the climate continues to warm up

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Thanks a lot Daisy,carolroach for your views ! In days to come clean drinking water is going to become a dear commodity in tropical countries ...


but 70 % of the world is covered by water why should we worry so much about saving water?

This 70% of the water that covers the planet is salt water; you cannot drink salt water. Maybe someday there will be more desalinization plants that will turn this salt water into drinkable water.


yes! the water is very important to our life


it is

Kiran, thank you very much to makr an effort to write an article related to water crisis worldwide... it should be an eye opener for the people who waste water, the saddest part is that even wise n educated people keep wasting water as they are rich enough to afford to buy as when it's required to buy.... I think more n more people to be motivated to campaign about the 'The importance of conserving water'..... may God bless u, keep up your good work....

Kalyan Brata Sarkar, Kolkata