When every drop counts

Water wastage

When every drop counts

Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s words, ‘Water, water, everywhere, Nor any drop to drink’ ring true today when many parts of the state are facing severe water scarcity.

While most individuals in the city are doing their bit to conserve as much water as they can, water tankers that leave behind a trail of water in their wake are a common sight. Overfilled storage capacities, leaking pipes or wide open lids are some of the common reasons behind this criminal wastage of a precious resource.

Many Bengalureans feel that at a time when water is a cause for concern, water tank owners should deal with it in a more responsible way. “I see most of these tankers leave their tap open either fully or partially, causing loss of gallons. This is a very irresponsible attitude especially when most parts of Karnataka are struggling for even drinking water. Water tank manufacturers and owners must take care of this issue,”  says Skandashree Bali, a communication professional.

She also points out that most of these tankers have open lids while moving from one place to another which can also cause dust particles to contaminate the water. Another worry is the situation of motorists riding behind these gigantic vehicles, who have to navigate the slippery water rivulets on the road left in the wake of the tankers.

“Lack of maintenance of these tankers is visible. The owners don’t want to invest money and maintain these vehicles. Even when they come to fill the sump at home, the pipe they use keeps leaking, leading to most of the water being wasted before even it reaches the sump. When asked about the same, they act ignorant and say that ‘it happens everywhere’,” asserts Rohit Rajiv.

Marvin Diaz, a management associate, insists that these tanker owners should make sure that water is not filled to the brim; half or a little less than that would be ideal.
He also adds that the root cause of this wastage stems from the fact that there is no value attached to wasted water. “It is taken for granted that when water tankers are filled, 25% of it will be lost during the transit. It is a general attitude which has to be changed. People should be made aware of the process of water distribution. Otherwise, we are all going to be in an alarming position in the long run,”  he says.

Marvin suggests that a capital intensive process of getting proper lorries that are designed for water transport should be thought about. “Sealed and waterproof lorries can reduce this issue in a big way. Though it is an expensive affair, it has the potential to solve the existing problem,” he opines.

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