By now, everyone in India understands that we have a serious water crisis. Too many of our rivers are polluted, dammed, or dying. Rainfall is becoming increasingly erratic, and expected to become more so. Our groundwater is depleting fast. Our lakes are drying up or filling with sewage, especially in urban centres. Our water and sanitation infrastructure is old and creaking in many places and does not even exist in others. Agriculture, industry and urban settlements all compete for the same scarce resource. It is no longer a problem that can be discussed without remedy. Rich or poor, it affects us all, here and now.
But if we had to choose one area for immediate attention, it would have to be groundwater. Groundwater is fuelling much of India's growth in rural and urban areas. This has resulted in severe scarcity and quality issues, especially in these high growth areas.
IDENTIFYING THE PROBLEMS
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