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Water Conservation 101 For Tamil Nadu Parties
2019 Polls

Water Conservation 101 For Tamil Nadu Parties

Sandhya Ravishankar

Sandhya Ravishankar

Here are some tips for politicians on what their manifestos should have but don’t

As summer sets in and the dog days near, Chennai is already parched. Since the floods of 2015, the city has witnessed reasonably good monsoon but its ground water table has hit new lows every year and reservoirs are running dry.

Last summer, the state government tapped into stagnant water in stone quarries in a desperate bid to bring water to the one crore residents of Greater Chennai.

Despite activists and experts insisting that the need to maintain, rejuvenate water bodies is of paramount importance, not much has been done in that direction.

The Lede spoke with Professor S Janakarajan, an expert on water and hydrology, about what is missing in the manifestos of every political party – water and how to conserve it.

Here is what he told us.

ON HOW BAD THE WATER SCARCITY IN CHENNAI REALLY IS

ON WHAT MAKES CHENNAI A ‘BLUE’ CITY

ON WHY THE GROUND WATER TABLE IS CONTINUALLY DECLINING DESPITE REASONABLY GOOD RAINFALL IN CHENNAI

ON WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE IMMEDIATELY TO RECHARGE GROUND WATER

ON WHETHER CHENNAI WILL BE ABLE TO MEET THE DRINKING WATER DEMAND OF ITS RESIDENTS