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Am I running out of ideas for posts? If so, i just close the window and return back to android studio. No, I feel this post is the need of the hour. How do other countries cope with drought like situations and what can India learn from them.

Please read these and pass it on the your local elected representative.

How china is dealing with its water crisis

Water supply and sanitation in Israel


I am not an environmental expert. Nor do I know much about cost effectiveness of these things. But here are few suggestions on my side.

  • Make rain water harvesting compulsory for all apartment buildings and all houses with area more that 1000 square feet. Ensure that government gives subsidy for this, for the needy.
  • Implement rain water harvesting for all public buildings within a time frame say 3 months. 
  • Implement solar power generations in all large public buildings
  • And increase the subsidy for solar power generation in rural areas and encourage community solar power generation in rural areas
  • Just like electricity, use slabbed water rates, so that over usage of water is discouraged by upper middle class and richer classes. 
  • Encourage private sector participation in water distribution. This may increase efficiency of the system.
  • In all public parks, use treated water for the plants. 
  •  Rain needs trees. Whenever a tree is felled for public works, ensure that it is replaced by another. For example, the metro project in Bangalore has swallowed thousands of trees. Make BMRC responsible for growing back these trees. 

I am sure citizens will have such hundreds of suggestions. The government should take these suggestions into consideration whenever feasible

Again this is essential unless we are willing to die not of nuclear holocaust, not of world war, but from scarcity of water.

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