The United Nations (UN), this time, has done a commendable job by directly putting “Water and sanitation to All” as one of the goals under SDGs 2030 (Sustainable Development Goal 6-Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all). India is busy taking several concrete steps at the highest level of governance to address the water challenge. It was not surprising that the Prime Minister of India, Shri. Narendra Modi has awarded the much prized portfolio of ‘River Management and Ganga Rejuvenation’ , at Centre to his trusted colleague Shri. Nitin Gadkari recently, during the cabinet reshuffles. Gadkari, who is known for his smart and efficient deliverance of targets, in his proactive best, has started expediting the nations ambitious water targets, with no time to waste.
Oftentimes, a host of things are blended with water, say it water ‘stress’, water ‘scarcity’, water ‘pollution’, water ‘efficiency’, water ‘deficiency’, water ‘treatment’, water ‘management’, water ‘shed’ and ‘water table.’ There are prefixes too – ‘packaged’ water, ‘mineral’ water, ‘ozonised’ water, 'RO' (reverse osmosis) water and and the odorous 'sewage' water, what not? The water USP flows as ‘spring’ water, ‘mountain’ water, ‘natural spring’ water so on and so forth! A plethora of divergent prepositions are getting hobnobbed on behest of the consumers, state, not-state actors as well as business community, around water.
For the people of Bangalore, water has literally become a burning topic now! Thanks to the fire in the Bellandur lake! At this level, a quick dip into the crisis makes sense for all who love the 'Garden City' of India! It is also worthwhile to explore IT enabled smarter options for water management and reuse, as the city being the IT hub of India. Greenvironmentindia, is currently working on such a smarter option to fight the water woes of the city as part of the Grand Challenges Karnataka Call - an initiative by Government of Karnataka.
The App makes you wake up on time, the App helps that you get a cab; the App fetches food for you! Are we getting the dues from Apps fully…perhaps not! At least we at Greenvironment sensed it so!
So, we sought a bit more? What if an App alarms you when the water consumed at our home turns unsafe? What if the App warns you that the pollutant-level of effluent water surpass the limits set by the state? What if the App helps to optimize your water usage and ensure that you aren’t polluting environment with effluent water?
“Use Metro water for drinking and cooking only”, says the first among a few “Dos” listed in the Chennai Metro Water portal. Now, what about the rest of the needs? Can we- the general public, the industry et al manage to collate water for the needs of our own? How to fetch water for the needs other than drinking, cooking and other essential domestic requirements? It needs a detailed debate. Perhaps we can at least start with “Reuse”, which won’t break solicitation of “Do” of Chennai Metro Water, which is much in tune with the scarcity of water at times!.