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March 22nd, 2009, 02:03 PM
Welcome to the new world , a drier world. Today water is fast becoming a resource that is all set to rival oil for value.
Not only is the human body composed primarily of water but water is one of the fundamental premises for life on earth across life forms, birds, bees and all things that breathe need water. Unfortunately so do other things such as agriculture and , industry. Means “Life is water intensive”.

Today is World Water Day i.e, 22nd March

With every country seeking to satisfy its water needs from limited water resources, some foresee a future filled with conflict. But history shows that cooperation, not conflict, is the most common response to transboundary water management issues.

Its rightly said that Third World War is going to be for The Water.:boxing

Water Facts

71 % of the earth’s surface is covered with water
97% of that 71% is water in the salt water oceans i.e, 68.87% of the earth’s water is saline.
2.4% of that 71% is water contained in glaciers, polar ice caps and underground i.E. 1.70 % of the earth’s water is in frozen form.
The remainder, a mere 0.6% of 71% i.e. 0.42% of the earth’s water is in surface water bodies such as lakes and rivers.
Up to 77 % of the human body comprises water.
On average one human body needs between one to seven litres of water per day.
A dripping tap can waste as much as 60 litres per day or 1800 litres per month.
A leaking toilet can waste upto 100000 litres of water per year.

Just see…..we are short of time to avoid Third World War..:eek:
To save water is our moral duty.

Pearls don’t sustain life, the drops of water do! ;)

Let us save every little drop of water…..it counts:)

April 21st, 2009, 07:28 PM

Thanks for bringing up this pressing issue of water scarcity and understanding its importance to sustain life form on earth.

In fact, with ever growing stress on development which is actually the unsustainable exploitation of our limited natural resources, we are cosily living in our todays with no thought of what 'tomorrow' this exploitation is going to gift us with.

With global warming, the glaciers are melting at a very rapid pace leading to the gradual drying up of perennial life-sustaining rivers. There is over-exploitation of ground water/aquifers ultimately leading to complete depletion of ground water which is so important for normal life activities including agriculture. There is pollution of the ground water of whatever is left of it through use and seepage of industrial/agriculture chemicals and household sewage (including use of septic tanks/pits). Rivers, Canals, lakes and ponds are being used as dumping grounds for effluents of all sorts. Every now and then, we get to hear about oil spills in international waters which is affecting the marine ecosystem which in turn is linked with the other ecosystems.

The scenario is so alarming that it is being predicted that the unplanned 'development' of cities like Gurgaon, ground water which is the chief source of its day to day water needs would totally vanish in the next 5-7 years.

Trading of water in trade exchanges is already a reality, though still in its infancy stage. Water disputes among states (Karnataka Vs Tamil Nadu, Haryana Vs Punjab etc.) and countries (India Vs. Pakistan) is nothing new. The grimmest part about it all is that there would be large scale and widespread water riots across major parts of the country (especially the developing/third world countries) leading to civil wars.

We can save ourselves from all this trouble by understanding and appreciating the importance of water as a precious and relatively non-renewable resource. Development is fine but is it fine at the expense of life sustaining water, air and also food...

Expecting more discussion on this as surprisingly so far no replies have been posted on such an important topic.

April 21st, 2009, 07:40 PM
its high time for our government to carefully chalk out a plan for connecting all major rivers in india. for sure, you have to do it one day, sooner or later. lets initiate the process, before we hit the crises.

although slow, but we are seeing rain water harvesting catching on with people, where ever possible.