‘There are over 108 Crore people around the world who don’t have access to safe drinking water. More than 8,40,000 people die each year from water-related diseases!’
The above statement might sound farfetched, just-for-General-Knowledge-sake or something that doesn’t affect us in any way. Wrong, it does! Be shocked to hear that as per a survey conducted by a leading newspaper, Kerala is one of the worst-hit in access to protected drinking water. Though the report is based on access to govt-provided pipe water, and is likely flawed in not considering personal wells as a safe source, thus not depicting the actual situation, it is nevertheless a pointer to the hard fact that water crisis in Kerala is imminent. Some of you might agree with me that it’s already here! Various news reports during this ongoing-summer vouch that.
In Kerala, we pride ourselves of having blessed with 44 rivers and almost six-months-long monsoon. But it’s time for a reality check. What Coleridge wrote for the ocean-bound sailor -“Water, water everywhere, not a drop to drink!” – seems to have come true for today’s God’s Own Country. While in foreign lands we still see pure rivers flowing and flourishing, we have reduced our rivers to sewage drains and toxic dumps. The question is not just the quantity of water; it is that of quality as well. We have the example of river Periyar, abou