Monday, November 12, 2007

Water Pump



















There are water pumps like this for public use. In some places you see public taps.
The street is littered with garbage from firecrackers from the night before.

There are multi-storey (typically 4-5 floors) buildings pretty much all over the city. One of the first thing that the developer does is dig a borewell to access groundwater. After the building is finished, the residents continue to use the borewell, usually with the help of a water pump. Groundwater has been going down due to inordinate amount of construction activity. Recently rainwater harvesting has been made mandatory for all new buildings, and this replenishes the borewells to some extent.

Coca Cola is responsible for depletion of water in the southern state of Kerala causing the residents hardships, and where its plant had to be shutdown, but it is criticized for its water usage in other states and countries as well.

"When the well is dry, we learn the worth of water." -Benjamin Franklin


"In their efforts to provide a sufficiency of water where there was not one, men have resorted to every expedient from prayer to dynamite. The story of their efforts is, on the whole, one of pathos and tragedy, of a few successes and many failures"
-Walter Prescott Webb, The Great Plains

"Till taught by pain, men really know not what god water is worth." - Byron, Don Juan

6 comments:

WebOJ said...

Typical India and lovin' it. Just look at those fire crackers papers. Gosh!

Gudl said...

Interesting...

zakscloset said...

is the tap water like that safe to drink in india?

Hyderabad Daily Photo said...

@zakscloset - No, it is not safe. It should always be filtered and boiled. Foreigners and even Indians living abroad and visting India for a while don't take any chance and order bottled water even in restaurants even though most decent restaurants have filtered water now-a-days.

Wendy said...

Interesting to read about water conditions in your country. I hope conditions change for the better.

Neva said...

An interesting post...A lot of information.I wondered about the safety as well. Bottled water sounds like a good bet!