Water crisis in Delhi

Due to the searing heatwave that set in early this year, Delhi’s lifeline – the Yamuna - is drying up. As a result, water production at the Chandrawal, Wazirabad and Okhla water treatment plants (WTPs) had fallen by around 25% on Monday, according to the Delhi Jal Board ( DJB ).

A DJB official said today “The river is dry and water production at Chandrawal, Wazirabad and Okhla has fallen by around 25%-30%. The current level of the Wazirabad pond, which is around 669 ft, is the lowest so far this year. The water being released from Haryana is less both directly into the river and through the other sources. Demand is higher in the summer, and supply is now low with the river drying up.

With this looks like we will have a water crisis in the city.

What are the solutions?? more  

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Free 20,000 litres piped water a month is a good step. Here is why. Poor people have gotten themselves metered connections, for availing this, when they until now would rely on tankers for the same water. Limited amount will be used judiciously, staying within that monthly quota, so as to also improve sanitation, thereby better hygiene conditions get where needed, get induced. Government was incurring the cost of diesel burnt in transportation, also adding to pollution. Tankers were prone to leakages too. I have seen them using personal discretion selling or simply draining the excess water! more  
This is really a serious problem now. Soaring heat in recent months made the life miserable, water body is getting dried up. concept of Harvesting rain water, initiated by Late CM Madam Sheila Dixit, perhaps has got a back seat now. Concept of free supply of water made it worse. Now it's the time to stop political appeasement to save from a disaster. more  
I can think of some: 1. Diesel pumps running on free diesel for irrigation should be replaced with solar panel powered pumps. Free power okay, when the source is green and clean. Pollution too would be tackled. Diesel must be paid for at market prices, when this alternative given to farmers. No chance of over pumping as once the sun sets pumping running on the sun's energy, automatically stops. 2. Stop washing cars with hose pipes directly connected to tapped water. Either use a bucket and cloth, or aerated supply hoses. 3. Recycle water. Imagination required here, such as, the reverse osmosis plants where one may imaginatively direct towards a garden the pipe carrying waste water. Similarly moiture condensate from split airconditioners could go into watering plants. 4. Harvest rainwater. more  
I daily commute from Delhi to Noida across DND Flyover. Just as your climb onto the flyover hardly 500 metres on your left a little before Yamuna River, you will find a Board of NGT(National Green Tribunal) mentioning No Construction, No Wastage dumping, Yamuna Flood Plains...however just 200 metres behind this signboard, you will find Bridge Construction for Metro in full swing with cement mixing, pillar erection right across and inside the river too. There was an article that due to illegal constructions on flood plains but what about the DMRC Constructions that is threatening to choke the river. Also it is likely that the river may change its course and if it does so in monsoon, then many illegal colonies will be swept under and the water scarcity may turn into floods aplenty. Delhi will get No Help from Haryana - deliberately the water releases would be halved to starve Delhi so that people start cursing the popularly elected Government...we do see some educated people already have started singing Bhajans. more  
There is no real solution to the current problem. Only... control must be exercised on consumption and wastage. STOP FREE water distribution to residences, as being done by AAP. more  
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