If we do not change the way we handle usage of water, it will not be any longer that we are going to suffer from acute water shortage around the globe. Unlike 20-30 years back, it is not a myth anymore that we need to buy potable water for our usage. Natural resources ought to be free, but we do not even realize that we are paying for water. In fact, it has become a standard household phenomenon. Nearly half of the world’s population is already on the verge of losing access to consumable water. Yemen, Libya, Jordan, and Djibouti are the countries that have no access to healthy water anymore. The political unrest or the geographical location; who is to be blamed? It is us, the humans that are the cause of the water crisis. These statistics are going to creep in our location as well if we do not take an oath to save water.
What are the effects that are already being seen around the world?
To summaries, the water crisis has led to four major issues that the world is suffering from. They are;
- Health– Water is used for drinking, cooking, bathing, washing and the list can go on forever. The shortage of usable water is the reason why people are forced to drink and use unhygienic water. It leads to an unsanitary lifestyle. There are many ways available which can help us to conserve water and yet maintain personal hygiene. Use waterless body cleansing solutions instead.
Dr. Puneet Gupta, a scholar and the founder of Clensta International says, “we need to take this challenge very seriously as it is the monster that we have created. It is slowly going to destroy life from the earth”. His team along with him have been able to create waterless body bath and waterless shampoos. You have to take a few drops of it and rub it against your body until it lathers and then cleans it with a tissue paper or a towel. Dr. Puneet Gupta adds; 100 ml of this waterless body bath and waterless shampoo is going to save 350 litres of water. Isn’t that great?
- Hunger– It is true that one can go without food for days but not without water. However, it needs water to grow food. If there’s a shortage of water, farming is not possible. This means no vegetation and for us. Plants and animals both need water to grow properly. There are many animals in our food chain which wouldn’t be alive due to non-availability of greenery.
- Education– However hard it might seem, but there are many remote villages in India and in the world where it is the everyday household chores for a member to fetch water from far away in the morning. It requires much strength to do that, and it exhausts people before doing anything else. It is evident that between education and water, anyone would choose water. So, it forces them to miss school. Which further adds a problem of not being able to learn the importance of hygiene and the issues related to it. So, it is a vicious circle, and, it will not let anyone free.
- Poverty– It might seem hard to imagine, but there is a direct link between water and poverty. For running a business, a school, a hospital, farming, mining and all other activities, we need water. It means that shortage of water can stop the daily operations and the economy of any country very easily forcing it towards poverty.
So, if there’s no water, there is no life. It is tough to imagine ourselves carrying a fully loaded water tank as our backpack wherever we go. Refills are going to cost us a fortune. Still, it would be necessary. It might be funny, but someday, the idea of buying water sounded funny as well.