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no drips, no drops: a city of 10 million is running out of water

by:QY Precision      2019-10-31
Sixth in India.
The biggest city, the water snake line around the city\'s neighborhoods, restaurants reject customers and a man is killed in a water brawl.
Chennai, with a population of nearly 10 million, has little water left.
In most parts of India, municipal water extracted from reservoirs or groundwater usually runs for only a few hours a day.
This is a normal year. round.
The rich area on their roof was filled with tanks;
The poor are filled with cans and buckets.
But in Chennai this summer, there was little water flowing.
The government has dispatched water tankers to residential areas to fill the vacancy.
Still, some people are
The disaster area has vacated their homes and moved in with relatives or friends.
Satellite images of Puzhal lake, the city\'s largest reservoir, show a chilling picture.
Lakes have shrunk significantly since June 2018.
Puzhal is one of four rains.
A reservoir that supplies water for most parts of Chennai.
Another photo is the dry river bed of Lake Chembarambakkam, another large reservoir.
The cracked surface is covered with dead fish.
Tarun Gopalakrishnan, a climate change expert in New Delhi, said: \"It\'s shocking, but it\'s not surprising --
Headquartered in the Center for Science and the environment.
He said the Chennai crisis was the result of \"bad governance and a toxic mix of climate change.
\"Rainfall has become more unstable due to climate change.
Coupled with the delay in the seasonal monsoon, which usually arrives in June, the city\'s water supply has almost dried up.
Government data show that the storage levels of the four lakes add up to less than one
This is 10 per cent of this time last year.
The intense heat wave sweeping across much of India, including Chennai, exacerbated the situation.
Gopalakrishnan said that anything that happens in Chennai is easy to happen anywhere in India.
A 2018 government think tank report predicts that 21 major Indian cities, including the capital New Delhi and India\'s IT center Bengaluru, will \"drain 2020 of groundwater as soon as possible \".
The report predicts that about 100 million people will be affected.
In Chennai, residents are scrambling to save water.
\"We don\'t take a shower anymore.
We use buckets so that we can supply a quantity of water, \"33-year-
Nivash shanmugkabam, a professor at the old university.
His family also avoided washing clothes with washing machines and did as much as possible by hand.
Public institutions are suffering.
According to local media reports, hospitals and nursing homes are charging more for services to cover increased water charges.
There are also reports that the school\'s toilets are dirty due to lack of water.
A scuffle of water is fatal to 33 people. year-
This month, when the old man tried to stop another man and his son from drawing a lot of water from the public tank.
Businesses and offices have also been affected.
Amit Agarwal, 28-year-
Chennai\'s old IT professional has been working from home for the past few days as there is no water in the bathroom in his office.
Many tech companies have been advising employees to do the same.
In Chennai\'s shopping center, there are restrooms only on some floors.
The rich can buy extra water from private tankers, sometimes at too high a price.
Poor people living in slums cannot afford to pay at all.
The capital is Chennai\'s Tamil Nadu government\'s response ranges from downplaying the crisis to praying to the rain gods.
\"There has been a shortage of water in several areas due to the lack of monsoon.
\"The government is taking several steps,\" Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Edappadi Palaniswami told reporters on Friday . \".
These steps include a special train that is about to start shipping 10 million liters of water a day-about 2 liters.
6 million gallons
From another part of the state to Chennai.
After initially refusing to donate, Tamil Nadu accepted a proposal for 2 million litres of drinking water assistance from neighboring Kerala.
Opposition politicians in Tamil Nadu are holding protests.
This week, dozens of women carrying colorful plastic kettles with slogans gathered in Chennai to criticize the government\'s handling of the water crisis.
Is there one thing that can avoid this serious water shortage?
Rainwater collection.
On 2002, the government of Tamil Nadu passed a legislation stipulating rain
Harvest buildings on all buildings in the city, including private homes.
Goal: collect and store the rain for later use.
This is a revolutionary idea.
A few years later, when the city was hit by monsoon rains, rainwater harvesting lifted the water level enough to support the city until 2016, said Sekhar Raghavan, Chennai\'s director.
A non-profit organization located in the rain center.
But the government did not monitor the rain.
Harvest structure, which means many of them are not working properly.
\"This is a wake-up call --
\"Call on the government and citizens,\" he said . \".
Raghavan said he now receives calls from people asking them how to collect every drop of water correctly.
Due to climate change, planning for insufficient rainfall and severe water scarcity is expected to be more complex.
\"The fear associated with climate change is not the fear of knowing that everything will get worse,\" said Gopalakrishnan . \".
\"This is the fear of not knowing.
\"While they don\'t necessarily burn the fire at the ceremony for the rain spots as their elected leaders do, Chennai residents will soon pray for the downpour.
NPR\'s Lauren Fryer has contributed to the report in New Delhi.
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