July 2015

Water: Here today, and tomorrow?

Water is a paradoxical commodity: It seems free and plentiful, yet its supply is under tremendous strain. Every time we interact with water, we change it, redirect it or otherwise alter its state. As a result, the nature of the water we get and have is continually changing - from rainfall to ocean. The chemical composition of water around us is fluctuating and these risky changes are forcing us to ask some thought provoking questions about how we use and abuse it. We look at methods being developed and adopted to curb this crisis in our main story. In Walk the Talk, Rumi Engineer points out practical ways to conserve water.

By the Editorial Team

“We act as if fresh water were a perpetually abundant resource. It is not.”

Kofi Annan, UN Secretary-General

Being mindful of natural resources is key to building a better city. When it comes to conserving water, we need to wake up to the reality of our excessive consumption. Thankfully, most upcoming projects today are conscious about this aspect and are incorporating rainwater harvesting in the project by default. Manufacturers are coming up with faucets and showers that consume less water than usual. Commercial buildings are recycling water and re-using it within their campus. There are many initiatives today in water conservation, especially in urban setups, that is bringing about a positive change. With more awareness and widespread acceptance of such products and technology, we can hope for a water positive future.

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Is it burdensome to introduce water-efficiency in a property?
Rumi Engineer, Business Head, Green Building Consultancy Services: Getting into the gamut of water-efficiency solely depends on ‘attitude’. It is not at all burdensome to introduce water-efficiency in a property. Can one imagine a life in the city, for day or two, without a single drop of water? Today in most of the cities, Municipal Corporation is unable to meet the demand of water supply. Hence, tankers are pressed into operation, which collect the water from ground source. It is a known fact that with increase in population, availability of potable water remains a challenge.
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