Water supply by 2020 ?

Let’s zoom into one of the old residential areas of Bangalore, an old house is demolished and before the start of construction of new house and a borewell is dug to access the underground water. The process is a nuisance to the people living in the neighborhood, especially over the weekends.

Well, what’s the root cause for all this? People face acute water shortage due to unreliable water supply from BWSSB. As a result they plan to have their own water supply by boring a well.

The story is similar in the new residential areas too. Drilling a borewell is a pre-construction activity. It is assumed that the supplied water will be sufficient only for drinking and cooking purposes. Everyone wants “more and more” water, so bore a well!

Nice enough, but is it a long term solution? Is this borewell eternal?

With every household boring a well, looks like people are thinking that they will have a constant supply of underground water for ever. A few years back it was sufficient to bore a well of 50 feet depth, nowadays one has to reach at least 300 feet underground to get pure water. Alarming indeed, but not at all surprising with disappearing lakes while each nook and corner of the city getting concretized. Definitely underground water is going to dry up in a few years.

Hence officials can start supplying water directly to the dry underground water pipes, thus even saving a lot of water getting wasted because of leakage in roads !!!

Welcome a new world by 2020 – where water supply pipes will be 300 feet below ground level.

4 Comments so far

  1. Radman (unregistered) on August 5th, 2007 @ 6:50 pm

    Nice video Shandy. Infrastructure at all levels is a serious and exponentially growing problem not just in bangalore but in India. Urban planning: water, gas, electricity, traffic, sewage, etc must all be planned in a coordinated and cohesive manner by the Government. Are they up to the task?

  2. Prashant Murthy (unregistered) on August 7th, 2007 @ 9:44 am

    How long we will keep on blaming Govt for the infrastructure problem. I know its govt’s job to handle it. But its the time for people like us to take some action. Enough is said about it. We know the problem and that too very clearly. Lets take some preventive actions.

  3. Sharath G (unregistered) on August 7th, 2007 @ 7:25 pm

    Does anyone have any contact info on consultants/service providers who can help in rain-water harvesting?
    I have read many articles and heard about rain water harvesting, but none of them seem to give any contacts.

  4. gp (unregistered) on August 21st, 2007 @ 12:55 am

    Here is the information you are looking for.

    If every one of us implemented this and strive to have green spaces in our communities, we might be able to tide off the water shortage.

    It amazes me that Bangalore citizens claim that it is a green city but I find clusters and clusters of houses that try to maximize their carpet area (blatantly violating setback laws) with not a single tree within the house walls.

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