Scarcity of water is not alien to people in urban and rural areas. In Kerala, providing water to the population in cities has become a grave problem. In the case of Kochi, it has been a perennial problem without an immediate solution.
Fresh water connections have been denied to the residents of a panchayat situated close to the city for many years together. One of the landmarks of Kerala, the Bharathapuzha has become dry in the summer at several places. No one is sure if an increasing number of rivers will face death in the near future. While the flow of river water is used to generate electricity, wastage of power during distribution has been a cause of concern to planners as well as political functionaries. Ways to minimise wastage have been devised at different levels. Use of compact fluorescent lamps that consume less energy than that by conventional incandescent lamps can be a method to improve the power position. Drought has been increasingly felt in vast stretches of agricultural land across countries. For instance, Australia had to stop export of wheat after production dwindled drastically. The situation is said to have compelled the authorities to impose curbs on use of water. In some cities, public fountains were reportedly turned off and sprinklers for watering were banned. Washing of automobiles was also restricted.
Whether such a scenario will occur in India is a question that needs an immediate answer.