Images of India : India’s Water Crisis…

watershortageIndia has just 4% of the world’s fresh water, but 16% of the global population. Half of India’s water supply in rural areas is routinely contaminated with toxic bacteria. Every year, about 600,000 Indian children die of illnesses associated with unclean drinking water. Lack of clean water is hurting India’s manufacturing sector, resulting in employment declines. India is the seventh largest country in the world, is the second populous country and second country which gets the most frequent rainfalls. Unfortunately, there is an ecological unbalance on the global scale. India is one of the eight countries which are seriously facing a sharp increase in water crisis that threatens humans, while a huge percentage has no access to sanitation and clean water. The average person only needs 20 or 30 liters of water, while every Indian uses a big amount of water per day for different purposes than they are supposed to. Additionally, overpopulation and pollution have also been a cause of water poverty. Young children under the age of five make up the 75% of 37.7 million people who are affected by water-borne diseases. Nearly 70% of the country’s irrigation and 80% of domestic water use comes from groundwater, which is rapidly depleting.