Its monsoon and naturally we are of the opinion that the entire country is reeling under heavy rains and floods. Yes, that’s true and some parts of our country are facing floods and related water contamination and loss of lives. But unfortunately, there are parts of our country that have received less or negligible rainfall. This has led to drinking water shortages. A prominent city among them is Pune.

On July 1st, the Pune municipal corporation declared that due to deficit rainfall, they are regulating water supply. Know more about it here. They have stopped daily supply of municipal water. In fact, the corporation has staggered the supply and scheduled it for alternate days.

Less water in reservoirs due to deficit rainfall has prompted this. The catchment areas of Khadakwasla, Panshet, Varasgaon, Temghar and Bhama Askhed dams have received very low rainfall. These dams supply water to the city of Pune. This has led to a drop in water storage levels. The civic administration is planning the supply in such a way, so as to ensure that the actual shortage does not impact lives.

This brings us to the question, are we managing our water reservoirs and supply systems well enough? If we are to face water shortages during monsoons, what do we do when we face extreme summers? Please do note that more than supply, we fail in managing distribution and effective use of this pre-treated water. Many households that receive municipal water drain huge quantities of water down the drain by using the wrong water purifier.

This is due to misinformation and lack of awareness. RO purifiers which are very popular in Indian kitchens waste 2-3 litres for every 1 litre of purified water. A family of four will waste around 30-50 litres down the drain every day. Awareness about the right type of water filter can help in managing our water resources.

One of the other reasons is that our water distribution networks are old and fraught with damages and leaks. Water management is devoid of any innovation and needs a complete over hauling. The government of India, through its Jal Jeevan Mission is taking sincere steps to address this issue.

Agreed that innovation and policy changes are started and administered at the government level. However, we as citizens also have our responsibilities to ensure water conservation and better individual management. Filters that do not waste water in the name of purification can be the first step. Reusing any used water can also do wonders to ensure that your individual water footprint is minimal. Periodical maintenance of household systems along with practicing good water habits can ensure that the society as a whole benefits.

Doulton water filters, with its legacy and presence across the globe, practices and supports water conservation and sustainability.   

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