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WATER CRISIS

Dos and don'ts

AS there is little hope of replenishing our dwindling water resources, the only way is to use what is available optimally. Here are some suggestions: avoid sprinkling water in front of homes, washing floors on auspicious days, using washing machines and dishwashers, washing cars and watering gardens. We should revert to Indian closets instead of western closets, which require more water for flushing, prevent evaporation by closing overhead tanks, stop construction activity and close down swimming pools. Hotels and tea stalls should serve water only on demand. The water trade should be taken over from private operators as was done in the case of the liquor. Water should be rationed, and affluent families should not be allowed to buy huge quantities of water. Guests for marriages, festivals and carnivals should be restricted.

The Tamil adage about spending money like water is no longer relevant for people are spending money to purchase water without realising that they have fallen into the trap of the water lords!

L. Mohan
Mylapore

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