A tipping point for water


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This blog originally appeared on The Huffington Post as part of a series, "What's Working: Sustainable Development Goals." 

As a sector in world affairs, water is reaching a tipping point. Over the next two decades, the global push for food and energy security and for sustaining urbanization will place unprecedented demands on water.

Ours is a "thirsty" world, in which agriculture and energy compete with the needs of cities. At the same time, climate change may worsen the situation by increasing water stress and extreme-weather events. Hence, the water and climate nexus can no longer be a side event at global-climate talks. All of this is happening while the important push for universal access to water and sanitation services -- despite the impressive gains over the past several decades -- remains an unfinished agenda.

The Sustainable Development Goal on water recognizes its unique and interconnected nature, with one overarching goal for water bringing together formerly disparate approaches. It states, "Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all." The challenge for all nations is implementation.

Three important issues define this challenge.

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S K Tiwari
October 12, 2018

Since 3-4 decade several discussions & developments have been made to secure Surface Water & Ground water, but deteriorations have been observed in quantity & quality .
World Data shows that India occupies 2% world’s land, 17% population, 15% live stock & only 4% water availability. Thus the quantity ranks 133 out of 180 nations & quality ranks 120 out of 122 nations. Even then the rarity of Water Wealth has not been cared /conserved. Resulting of which 80% surface water became polluted & 90% ground water gone deep with serious pollution/Contaminations/ sea water intrusion. Hence following authorities has warned/reported.
NGT stated for Biggest Rivers Ganga & Yamuna to post health warning like cigarette packet “Injurious to Health” for Ganga River & Poisonous/Dead River for Yamuna River .
NASA reported that the Indus basin are second-most over-stressed aquifer in the world, where ground water is extracted badly and the aquifer has gone very deep & persists of fluoride, arsenic etc .
CWC says that India precipitate 4000 BCM annually & utilize 690 BCM (17%) & 1869 BCM (47%) flows in rivers to sea ..
This shows that OUR GOD is giving sufficient rains, but we had not managed to save/secure the flowing water and secondly the area suffering from flood, suffers from water crises in summer. This shows that we had not planned to conserve & manage to use , like a house wife, who use to fills additional containers in one time water supply.
World Resources Institute has reported that the India comes under Extremely High Stress (>80%) country in World .
Following chart shows that the population of India has doubled in 30 years & per capita water availability has This concept needs discussions to save maximum water wealth of India