Water scarcity: The abstract concept and the stark reality

Water scarcity: The abstract concept and the stark reality

Water scarcity: The abstract concept and the stark reality

Written by Lahiru Fernando

22 Mar, 2016 | 10:13 pm

The water we consume has likely been around in one form or another since the age of dinosaurs, hundreds of millions of years ago. However, water scarcity is an abstract concept to many and a stark reality for others.

Reports say that a severe water crisis will occur in the world approximately nine years from now as a result of human activities. On World Water Day, Tuesday, March 22, the United National calls on everyone to be prepared to face the water crisis that will take place in the near future.

Three-fourths of the fresh water that people use every day come from forested catchment areas. Experts say that the worst case scenario will emerge in the year 2025 – which is the lack of water to two billion of the world’s population. Not only will there be a challenge posed to obtain water, but also a challenge posed to obtain clean drinking water.

Reports show the main causes as industrialisation, arbitrary development and deforestation.

During News 1st’s recently concluded public service initiative, the Gammedda Door-to-Door Campaign, we made a bitter discovery of how some villages which are not even located much far-off from the main cities do not have a proper water supply programme.

We discovered that in certain areas of Anuradhapura, there is only one well that provides clean drinking water to multiple villages and settlements. Our teams often came across people who pay to obtain water which would only last one week.

The News 1st teams came across some settlements which are facing a crisis over the drying up of water sources, while some villages have been deprived of the opportunity of obtaining drinking water.

It was also evident that some politicians use water as a tool to gather votes as most of them end up not living-up to their promises once elected. The ‘Isura Diya Dahara’ proposed water supply project in Acharagama in Anuradhapura can be used as an example for the situation – as the water being supplied to 570 families through the project is not suitable for consumption.

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