India is now on the brink of the biggest water crisis ever! While everyone thinks about climate change being the most important reason for this development, the real reason is that this is a “MAN MADE CRISIS”.
Here are some basic facts from NITI Aayog’s report which will help you understand more about India’s water crisis:
Up to 70% of India’s water supply is “contaminated”.
Up to 75% of households do not have drinking water on premise.
Up to 84% rural households do not have piped water access.
Up to 70% of states treat less than half of their waste water.
Up to 40% of water is lost due to leakages in urban areas.
India is currently ranked 120 among 122 countries in the water quality index.
Two hundred thousand Indians already die every year because they don’t have a safe water supply.
600 million people face “high to extreme” water stress.
Rainwater harvesting capacity is only 8%.
Demand for potable water will outstrip supply by 2030.
At the current demand rate, 21 Indian cities will run out of groundwater by next year, including our capital New Delhi and IT hub Bangalore.
If matters are to continue, there will be a 6% loss in the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 2050.
Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala—are also only able to provide drinking water to 53-72% of urban populations.
The stats in this blog have been taken straight out of NITI Aayog’s report titled “Composite Water Management Index – June 2018”.