The Roads are not Thirsty!Situation when I was in Madhya Pradesh
I woke up early in the morning and I see women carrying water pots on their heads. We were kids then but even we used to help our parents in carrying water as there was a severe shortage of water. Though we used to carry in smaller vessel we did our best to contribute to our family needs. Those experiences made us realize the value of every drop of water that we spent.
Situation when I was in Delhi.
We had to buy drinking water as sometimes we used to get water after 3-4 days and we had to be very careful in using the water. It was a severe drought at that time so we learned to reuse the water to survive for longer days.
These days in my neighborhood what I see deeply burdens my heart a lot and somewhere it hurts to see the action of the people.
This is what I see them doing, women splashing buckets of water into the road from the fresh water that comes early in the morning to fill our tanks. Every single household splashes at least 3-4 buckets of water in front of their house.
When I questioned them, this is the explanation I got- We have throw water onto the road as it is our custom to do that, the mud has to settle down, it will cool the atmosphere.
Why O Why do we waste such precious water into the roads?
Why O Why don't we understand that the roads are not thirsty? They don't need water.
Are we waiting to conserve water when a severe drought will hit us or when the underground water will be depleted or till we realize that there is no more drinking water?
A very humble appeal to everyone, please don't throw these fresh waters to the roads even if it is part of the custom. Every drop of water is precious. Reuse water as much as we can.
Since water is a natural resource, a time might when we may not be able to buy water. Let's take action before it's too late.
One part of our country is facing a severe shortage of water while in the other they are spending lavishly. Remember Roads are not Thirsty!