With the ever growing urban development needs of cities all over the country, water availability and supply has become a major civic issue. In recent times, we are facing severe water shortage in Bangalore. Let us face the reality. We are not really conservative about our water resources. It is a known fact that the ground water levels are depleting at an alarming rate everywhere in our country, NASA had to come up with a study to enlighten us. Agricultural produce is hitting all time low numbers, there by the food grain prices are beyond the reach of a common man. Irrigation has become highly impossible in elevated regions where the river water is out of question. The ground water levels have gone so deeper, the bore wells have to drilled to a minimum of 700+ feet for irrigational purpose.
The pic you see above is clicked at a water reservoir near my native place – Chittoor. It has water not more than a foot or two! Why am I mentioning all this now? here is the anwer – as mentioned before, continuing my experiments in rural India. The only bore well that was helping our folks at my native place dried up a month back. That bore well was initially drilled about 500 feet some 6 years back. Now that the ground water levels have gone down, we had no other option but to go for a new one which is much deeper. We got this done last week and the sad part is that we had to drill 837 feet to get 2.5″ of non-stop water as long as the electricity is available! This was a must to continue any kind of agricultural activity there.
With this adventure, I am not sure how long this new borewell will be functional. I have too many thoughts on my mind. Are we using the available water efficiently? Are we doing our bit to make the best use of water in the right way, even by following simple pro-active measures? In future, on this blog you will get to read a series of articles on water conservation and efficient ways of water consumption. By the way, I will be announcing the contest to give away the aloe vera saplings as mentioned before by next week. Stay tuned!