Bengaluru: The Bangalore Apartments' Federation (BAF) has come out with an action plan for the government and citizens to tackle the water emergency given its alarming shortage and erratic supply.
Srikanth Narasimhan, General Secretary of BAF, said, “Bengaluru gets 1,450 million litres per day (MLD) of Cauvery water and about 1,500 MLD of STP treated water, which totals over 3,000 MLD. If we were to harvest even 30% of the 3,000 MLD rainwater that Bengaluru gets, another 1,000 MLD of water will become available. The requirement of water for a population of 1.2 crore at 135 liters per person per day works out to around 1600 MLD and if one adds another 400 MLD for industrial / commercial requirements it works out to just 2000 MLD. Hence, the crisis is not one of water availability but one of water management,” said Srikanth Narasimhan, General Secretary, BAF.
The BAF has started a change.org petition addressed to citizens to undertake simple measures of water conservation, which can help address the water crisis effectively.
H. A. Nagaraja Rao, President of BAF, concluded, “Citizens have to be active partners in tackling the water crisis by reducing consumption through water aerators, water meters & simple water conservation measures along with implementing rainwater harvesting systems & recharging ground water. With only 2,000 MLD requirement about 4,000 MLD of water available in Bengaluru, the solution lies in laying down rules and enforcing them. If the government and citizens can work together, then we do not need any water from outside and we can become self-sufficient.”