How we are using technology to solve the water crisis

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How we are using technology to solve the water crisis
Potable, Clean water is a basic right of every person. Unfortunately, more than 700 million people worldwide do not have access to clean drinking water. These are mostly people from disadvantaged sections of society in both urban and rural areas of developing and even developed countries. Due to the lack of access to water, these people are forced to depend on contaminated or hard water that is detrimental to their health.

Though many governments, nonprofits, and corporates have tried addressing this issue, a lot needs to be done. Climate change and its resultant droughts, and floods have exasperated the situation. Unrestricted use of natural resources for commercial agriculture and industry has resulted in desertification in many regions, resulting in poor communities not getting enough water. However, things are improving for the better in many places. A combination of collective willpower, coordination with all stakeholders, and timely execution have helped many water-stressed rural communities become self-sufficient in their water needs. Here are some examples-

Reviving a Tamil Nadu river

In south India’s Tamil Nadu state, villagers across the Vellore district depended on the Naganadhi river for water. The main problem- the river was almost dry for more than 20 years. A local NGO worked with water experts to rejuvenate the river and provide water for agriculture and domestic use across the area.

Tree plantation for reviving rivers

It is common knowledge that trees help in conserving water and arresting soil erosion. Tree roots go deep into the ground to reach the underground aquifers, rejuvenate the groundwater and raise the water table. Across the world, many countries have used afforestation to help people in need in rural areas get water naturally. China has done this at a scale no one else ever has. It has planted millions of trees across hectares of almost-desertified land to revive the water table and improve the local ecosystem.

How technology is helping us grow crops in the desert

Israel has been at the forefront when it comes to agricultural technologies. As most of its land area is a flat desert, the Israelis have used innovation and research, and development to come up with agricultural practices to grow palm trees and other low-maintenance and hardy crops to grow in the desert. They have even come up with crops that can withstand the harsh climatic conditions of the desert yet get them good crop yields.

‘Ice stupas’ to converse water in the Himalayas

In the cold desert of Ladakh, Northern India, a local engineer has come up with an ingenious solution to conserve water at lower altitudes where most people in the cold desert live. With a network of pipes beneath the frost line, he got pipes to push water upwards in the -20 Degrees air, resulting in a stupa of ice that didn’t melt in the summers. This was an award-winning solution for water conservation in hilly areas which is slowly being replicated elsewhere.

Last words

With an ever-growing population and increased use of water for industrial uses, water consumption has now become more than the supply. Many governments, international organizations, and Catholic charities to donate to have been working in this regard to help local communities solve their water woes. You too can help them with a donation that could get you immense goodwill and blessings for life.
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