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Save water, save life
ANKIT GATTANI | 19 Mar 2011

Water crisis is one of the major issues that the world is facing and it is the responsibility, perhaps the duty of each one of us to contribute towards water management. Intelligent utilisation of water resources is the need of the hour.

BANKIMCHANDRA, A visionary poet, in our national song ‘Vande Mataram’, salutes the prosperity of our motherland and its rich natural resources and plentiful water. Yet, India and in large our world is facing the problem of water since many years. The future of the world is under threat due to water crisis.
 
There is water crisis today but the crisis is not about having too little water to fulfil our needs, it is a crisis of managing water so poorly that billions of people, animals, and the environment suffer badly.
 
Earlier seen as a problem of only the poorest, the water crisis is increasingly affecting the wealthier nations, economic riches being no insurance against it. For years, we have misused our most important resource – water.
 
In Antarctic sea, penguins will face extinction due to the water scarcity. Our natural beauty will be hampered due to depletion of water. We humans have a notion that all that is there in this world belongs to us and we have all the right to squander its natural resources, but what we think is ours, does belong to other species as well. So while we intelligently mess with the hydrological cycle and send eco-system into a tizzy, we ignorantly rob animals of their water and hence their lives.
 
One thing that people need to understand is that each one of us can help and save this country and the world. Each soul can make a difference, just like every drop in the ocean makes a difference. As Mother Teresa had said, “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.” If each of us recognise, realise and respect water as our most precious resource ever, we can mirror the ocean in all its forceful resilience. And we might just be able to placate the global water crisis, if not completely vanquish it. It shouldn’t be too late when we realise our mistake. Today, through the means of right technology and careful water usage, we can help combat water scarcity in near future.
 
Water being one of the most essential necessity of life, becoming an increasing scare resource, needs careful planning and management. Availability of safe quality drinking water is being reduced due to pollution from sewage and industrial waste.
 
So water should be meticulously harnessed and carefully conserved. It should be economically used and safely disposed off after usage.
The need of the hour is sustainable water management, specially in the context of meeting the demands of an increasing population. Simply put, it means managing our finite water resources for present needs while keeping in mind the future requirement of next generation. It also means looking at fresh water as an exhaustible, natural and essential resource and seeing watershed areas as sustainable units of water resource development and management.
 
Uttarakhand State, whose glacial peaks and beautiful valleys hold age-old ecological secretes, is a measure water bank for North India. Its 1917 glaciers spreading over 3550 Sq. km, comprise a perennial source of water. The state is largely made up of mountainous areas full of forest, which cradle many rivers and natural water sources. These natural sources are nourished by rain water, which is the biggest source of water on this planet.