Friday, September 28, 2007

The growth story and h2o

Water Scarcity Threatens China's Future - Environment - New York Times

I guess this is true of many Indian cities too. Huge suburbs in Bangalore have no water connections - they either sink their own borewells or get the water from suppliers who do that - all of this leading to rapid depletion of groundwater.

Whats the solution ? Official water supply agencies can handle only so much growth, and are hard pressed to generate enough water for current demand levels itself.

Recharge ? Its a solution that may have no immediate benefit for those doing the spending - but would lead to sustainable groundwater if done by every house, every apartment. Tough ask - who's to implement and monitor this ?

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Hurtling down a cliff....

Indian rivers heading for disaster- Hindustan Times

The "cost" of not being able to treat all the sewage has to be higher than treating it. No rivers is a very scary scenario to imagine.