CHENNAI IN SEVERE THIRST
This is quite disastrous but yet it is true that India 6th largest city Chennai is out of drinking water. The rains have been postponed due to the ridiculously changing climate and so Chennai is all dry and thirsty for a few days. Chembarambakkam and the three other reservoirs that have traditionally supplied Chennai are nearly all dry, leaving the city suffering from an acute water shortage. We waste water so easily, and until the water shortage no one realizes the importance of saving water and that’s why this situation comes in and hits the lifestyles very hard.
In Chennai Poondi reservoir, one of the major water sources for the residents of Chennai has gone bone dry due to acute water shortage in the city. Several sectors, including IT and hospitality, have been hit, forcing them to scale back operations. People with their vessels wait for the opening of the draw of lots to fetch water from a community well at Eswari Nagar in Chennai. While IT companies have informally allowed employees to work from home, restaurants have taken lunch meals off the menu as they say it’s more water-consuming. According to local media reports, four major reservoirs around Chennai have under 30 mcft of water through their total storage capacity is more than 11,000 mcft.
Due to an inability to collect sufficient rainwater combined with low groundwater levels, the Tamil Nadu state government has been struggling to provide water to residents.
With the reservoirs dry, water is being brought directly into Chennai neighborhoods in trucks. Every day, hundreds of thousands of residents have no choice but to stand in line for hours in soaring summer temperatures, filling dozens of cans and plastic containers.
Indian residents stand around with plastic pots filled with drinking water at a distribution point in Chennai on June 19, 2019.
Suresh Subburaman, a resident of Chennai and owner of the Nivis Kitchen hotel, has been struggling to keep his business afloat.
“We are open and we are somehow functioning. But we are running at a no-loss, no-gain situation. This is our only business. We have no other option. We have to run it,” said Subburaman.
“Earlier the water would come every day at home. Now, we get it every three to four days. We store the water in a small tank or 20-liter plastic pots at home,” said Subburaman whose home is in Egattur neighborhood on the southern outskirts of Chennai.
M. Senthilsaravanan, another hotel owner and resident, said: “In (the) Chennai area, hotels, and restaurants have shut down because we are not getting sufficient water and there is high demand.
Now that’s a lesson to the whole country to start saving the water from now without waiting for such drought to hit the country again.