A recent World Bank report says that by the year 2020 most major Indian cities will run dry. India has the highest water footprints among the top rice and wheat producing countries (China, US, Indonesia, etc.). If we talk about Rajasthan in particular, conditions are even worse. At least 19 districts, out of the total 33, are facing water crisis in Rajasthan. The state has faced drought for 61 out of the last 67 years. Hence, it is aptly called, the driest state in the country. It is fitting too since it suffers from water scarcity, holds only 1.6% of water resources of the country. If these numbers are of some clue, Rajasthan is not in very good shape when it comes to water sustainability. As a state covering 10% land of the country, this number is evident of the fact that it’s water sustenance nowhere sufficient to fulfill the needs of its residents.
Rising water scarcity demands solution
Out of the necessity, water conservation campaign like MJSA emerged as an important step in the direction of resolving this crisis. It encompasses the importance of waste water management and rooftop rainwater harvesting as well. For a change to happen in this prospect, everybody is required to join hands and stand together. Users should understand the fact that how they use water defines its sustainability. It is not impossible, what we need is some quick response and joint action from the society.
Since each of us depends on water to sustain life, it is our responsibility to learn more about water conservation and how we can help keep our sources pure and safe for generations to come. A mass movement needs to be held for water conservation and participation of youth organizations including NCC, NSS, NYKS, and Scouts and Guides should be seen in the creation of water storage structures in Rajasthan. Members of Parliament, Members of Legislative Assembly and other public representatives of different political parties need to partake at the local level. Not only them, others have a major role as well in bringing the required changes. Everybody and anybody can contribute to the campaign through various means and resources. Special bank account and crowd funding collection system had been developed for collections of funds from the donors for the campaign. By reducing the amount of water we use and waste, we can better help against future drought years.
The Inbound Benefits
Lack of water is one issue that is common among all strata of the society. We forget the fact that if every one of us acts wisely, we can have plenty of water for our use. Saving water is important as it makes a tremendous impact in the lives of so many families. That is why this campaign is a mass movement, wherein everyone feels associated with the issue. They are welcome to lend their support in kind, labor or money. On their level, people should do their best to conserve water. The less water used or wasted by people, the less clean water will become contaminated and more water saved. Water conservation reduces energy use and can even save household money. The less water a household use, the less they have to pay each period. Appliances that use water, such as washing machines and dishwashers, also use a considerable amount of energy. One of the big impacts of making clean water more accessible in water-scarce rural areas is that it is helping people save time as well as preventing them from using dirty water.
Jal Swavalamban mission is apt to make the region and the state drought free. It is helping people not only understand the significance of water but also conserve and harvest the same for themselves. People have realized the importance of storing rain water. Conserved Water means cities and regions can plan for more efficient use of the water resources in the future. If most of an area's clean water is wasted, there will not be water for future generations to use, meaning the state will need to come up with new ways to produce clean and fresh water. Water sustainability also means that there would be lesser effects of drought in the state. There will be more portable water for distribution. If people keep assisting the cause by donating more and more as they are now, Rajasthan is on the path to be sustainable enough to be not labeled as the driest state with the success of MJSA campaign and who knows it may inspire other suffering states too.