Much like California’s Silicon Valley, India’s Silicon Valley is booming. New buildings are sprouting up all over Bangalore. People and businesses are moving in at a quick rate. This all sounds great on the surface, a city exploding with new technology, but there is one great concern. There is not enough water on hand to provide for all of these people.
Just as with many places around the globe, clean drinking water seems to be dwindling. There is not an adequate supply for Bangalore, but yet the city is continuing to grow. As the groundwater levels keep shrinking, Bangalore might become the first Indian city to run completely out of water. It would be a bit ironic that a city rich with technology and finances would run out of a natural resource that is essential for living.
It wasn’t always like this though. Bangalore was once known as India’s garden city. There were trees, lakes, and parks everywhere you would look. In fact, Bangalore was built around many lakes. The lakes were rainwater reservoirs that were put in place to keep the most precious of resources available through collection. But now they have been polluted or done away with and apartment buildings have taken their place.
To put it into perspective, Bellandur was the largest lake in Bangalore. Now it has become a toxic wasteland that spontaneously catches on fire. When you are searching for drinking water, it is never a good sign when the water will occasionally burst into flames. The white froth off the water is so large that the city has had to build barriers around the lake to keep it contained. Think of it like a foaming beer where the foam just keeps growing larger and larger. Clean water does not act this way.
TV Ramachandra is an ecologist with the Indian Institute of Science. “The city is dying,” says the man known as TV. “If the current trend of growth and urbanisation is allowed (to continue), by 2020, 94 percent of the landscape will be concretized.”
Trying to dig for new water has not gone so well. Authorities have dug down as deep as 1,500 feet and still have not found any water. They are now in a prison of their own making, but still the city grows. There are possible solutions to the problem that should be explored. For instance, half of Bangalore’s 10 million residents now rely solely on borewells and tankers for their water. Clean water is brought into the city in tanker trucks and dispersed into individual holding tanks for families and businesses.
Plus, there does not seem to be a hurry to fix the water problem. There definitely is not panic setting in for many. Although there have been several years of drought now, the government is still providing clean water to their citizens at a highly discounted rate. “In Bangalore 1,000 bottles of the cleanest treated water comes to our doorstep and we pay only six rupees (about nine cents)… the incentive is not there,” says AR Shivakumar, a senior scientist with the Karnataka State Council of Science and Technology.
A Possible Solution
There are many in Bangalore that feel the solution to the problem is evident. There is enough rainfall to provide water for ten million people, if only more places were trying to collect the rainwater properly. Quite a few families collect rainwater by use of the gutters on their house. The water drains into large tanks that are located under the house and provides the families with usually more than enough water.
Solving Pollution with Waiakea Water
It is a shame that people abuse nature without a second thought. How many times do you see litter out on the street or in bodies of water every single day? It is one thing to be polluting the air with emissions from vehicles. That can often not be avoided because we do have to travel from place to place. But it is quite another thing to willfully dump garbage wherever you please. There are consequences to these actions and it is affecting everyone deeply. Bangalore is suffering now because of their own lack of cleanliness and responsibility, but other cities and entire nations may soon be following in their footsteps.
Plastic is a huge contaminant affecting our world around us. Once it makes its way into the environment, it sticks around for a very long time and poisons our land and water. Plastic water bottles are being made in billions every year and only about 20 percent of them become recycled. Tons of plastic water bottles find their way into our environment. The tragedy behind this is that it takes 1,500 years for a plastic water bottle to fully decompose on its own.
Until now. TimePlast is a nano-additive that can used during the manufacturing of plastic bottles and food containers. This amazing new piece of technology allows the plastic to fully decompose on its own in only 15 years instead of 1,500 years. You would believe that huge companies that use plastic like Pepsi and Coke would jump on this bandwagon quickly. This hasn’t been the case.
Waiakea Water is a bottled water company based out of Hawaii that takes issues with our environment seriously. Created in 2012 by Ryan Emmons, a college student, the volcanic water is collected at the base of a volcano in Hawaii through rain or melted snow. Waiakea has been growing quickly ever since. The company has received numerous awards for both their great tasting water and their commitment to helping the world around it. Waiakea uses TimePlast in their plastic bottle manufacturing. They currently are the only bottled water company to be doing so.
Waiakea goes one step further by also only using 100 percent recycled plastic material in the creation of their bottles. Once again, you would believe that many other major companies would be doing the same. Evian Water just made headlines around the globe because they say they will start using 100 percent recycled plastic in 2025. Congratulations, but what is taking you so long? Waiakea Water has been doing this for quite awhile now. It is a bit more expensive, but it is saving the environment. Companies need to follow Waiakea’s lead before more cities like Bangalore start emerging all over the globe.
Read our last article on Waiakea Water here.