Bengaluru may soon run out of drinking water
Bengaluru's water shortage issue might soon lead the city to face Day Zero, after South African city Cape Town.
The drought-hit South African city recently became the first major city in the world to face Day Zero (when government shuts down water connections for homes and businesses).
It has also been highlighted that other big cities might face similar situation in the future.
Bengaluru water crisis might lead to Day Zero
Not a single lake in Bengaluru has suitable drinking water
With no groundwater and rainwater harvesting, there is not a single lake in the city that has suitable drinking water. As a result, it is speculated that the city might not be able to meet the water requirements of its people in future.
Impending water crisis admitted by Bengaluru Development Minister
According to a report, this impending crisis was confirmed when Bengaluru Development Minister KJ George said, "The availability of water per person per day will be 88 litres by 2031 when the city's population will touch 20 million."
Presently, as prescribed by the Central Public Health and Environmental Engineering Organization, the rule for domestic water usage is 135 litres per capita per day.
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A senior official said, "Bengaluru has faced a harsh drinking water crisis in the past four summers. But there is no political determination and bureaucratic vision with regard to water for the city."
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