India is facing a growing water crisis.
There appears to be a national crisis in India at the moment, with the country facing serious drought across much of the land and a recent government report warning that 21 cities including Hyderabad, Delhi, Chennai and Bangalore likely to run out of groundwater by the year 2020.
In all, 18 per cent of the world’s population can be found in India but the country has just four per cent of global freshwater resources, the BBC reports. The government-backed paper estimated that by 2030, 40 per cent of Indians could be faced with no fresh drinking water supplies at all.
Dr Veena Srinivasan of the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment explained that cities are expanding so quickly that “there’s no infrastructure that can deliver available water”.
But she went on to say that the bigger concern over the long term is the overuse of groundwater in rural areas of the country. Approximately 80 per cent of water in India is used for agriculture, with the majority of this taken from groundwater stored in rock and soil.
Dr Srinivasan concluded that the key to solving the problem is to focus on the farming industry’s need to make money, as opposed to their need for water. “We need to rethink what is grown, where and how,” she went on to say.
How water consultants can help businesses now
If you’re worried about the growing water crisis which is an international issue and one that will affect us all, no matter what country you live in, you could benefit from calling out water consultants to come and help you work out how your business could start saving this precious resource.
You might not even be aware that you’re wasting water since it’s very hard to tell if you have a leak on site or not. The majority of these take place out of side and hidden away below ground, so unless you have a water audit carried out to notice any spikes in usage, leaks could continue undetected.
Other ways to consider saving water include rainwater harvesting, where the water that collects on the roof of your building is taken and used in place of mains water for applications such as vehicle washing and toilet flushing.
Companies of all shapes and sizes are now facing a growing need for them to start using their water supplies more effectively, given the increased demand for water these days coupled with increasing concerns about both the environment and the social impact that businesses have.
A rainwater system can be installed on your premises to help push up your cost efficiencies while lowering your water bills and reducing the impact you and your organisation have on the environment. If you’d like to find out more, get in touch with us today.