Water Watch

The Yamuna river is the major source of water for Delhi’s inhabitants. But for a source there needs to be a sink! So where does the water actually come from and where is the sewage drained???

Water water everywhere nor any drop to drink !

The sorry state of water in every Indian city or village is ubiquitous to everyone. With the growing awareness campaigns for accessibility to both good quality and quantity of water, it became very important to assess the water system of the national capital.

Today we went for the Yamuna Yuck Ride. The water supply of Delhi is drawn from the Yamuna via Wazirabad. We saw barrages constructed on the side of the water works which acts as a catchment for the water and is pumped to the bustling city with ever growing water demand. We also went to see where the sewer of the city is drained. The Najafgarh nallah carries the waste water from the city and meets with the river Yamuna. There is a confluence of both these waters on the other side of the barrage.

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Being asked on the use of river water at Ramghat the entire plight of the water body was clear. A small channel connects Ramghat to the adjoining Yamuna river from where the Wazirabad Water Works extracts water, purifies it and supplies to the city for its usage. This was a very shocking revelation. Such is the pitiable condition of water management and planning from where water is supplied.

Coming back from the stinking place, into the class now, we had a lecture delivered by Jyotsna Singh, a senior reporter in the Down to Earth. She gave us some tips on reporting, what kind of questions should be asked and how to come up with stories by asking simple yet provoking questions. She quoted various examples of the stories that she had covered, one of them even featured in the Wall Street. She also gave certain tips regarding taking data from the source , write-ups in newspapers or magazines, being curious and showing the urge to know more as people are responsive if you be polite to them.

At the end of an exhausting day we realized that we stare at a precipice which is so grave that affects our daily lives. Today every other city or village in India faces with the same problem, that of water management. Fresh water makes civilization possible but human action are putting a healthy planet at risk.

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