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Growing water shortage in Bengaluru owing to lack of rains

Less rainfall leads to drought-like situation, and more rainfall leads to floods. What is the solution?
Bengaluru, the capital of Karnataka in India, has been facing water shortage recently. This is not new. A few years ago, the residents of the city faced water shortage to such levels that people even resorted to taking a shower at the malls or their workplace restrooms. However, the situation is much worse today. The water crisis has been going on for weeks now, with no end in sight. Tankers have to be ordered every day to meet the daily water needs of the people.
Bengaluru, the IT hub of India, which looks so pretty on the outside, is quietly fighting with water shortage.
Bengaluru, the IT hub of India, which looks so pretty on the outside, is quietly fighting with water shortage.

Last year, Bengaluru did not receive much rainfall, and it is to this fact that much of the water shortage is being attributed to. The locals have another perspective: The city is known as the IT hub of India and lots of techies from all over the world have migrated to this city owing to the level of opportunities. If the people moved back to their hometowns, the population level would decrease, thereby leading to a reduction in water consumption.
The rising water levels outside an IT company in Bengaluru in 2023
The rising water levels outside an IT company in Bengaluru in 2023

But is that a feasible solution? I am also worried about the rainwater management system in place in Bengaluru. Also, in case there is a good rainfall this year, the city is going to face a flood situation, as has happened in the past. Reason: Some lakes in the city have been covered up over the past few years and apartments have been built upon them, thus leaving lesser space for the rainwater to collect. This leads to floods.
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  • Manas

    3 w

    It floods when there is rain and it’s a scarcity when there isn’t any. May be there is more to think other than effective water management as the only solution like plantation policy for societies and companies, materials used for road construction which can allow water absorption, a direction to flow of excess flood water that can be collected to a storage. It is just a thought, however practical and feasible solutions can be possible to implement.

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    • George Kariuki

      4 w

      Encouraging residents to use water wisely is essential too. Everyone has a role to play! We need long-term solutions to prevent future shortages & floods.

      • Joseph Githinji

        5 w

        Water scarcity in Bengaluru is a major concern that recquires an immediate attention. The government must chip in and work hand in hand with the local communities to get a solution to this.

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        • Chris Ndungu

          5 w

          That is more essential than anything else a human can demands to survive. A dead serious action opt to be taken.

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          • Rashid Kamau

            5 w

            Water is life and fighting climate change is the solution to their current pressing issue.

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            • walter lungayi

              5 w

              The growing water shortage in Bengaluru due to insufficient rainfall presents a pressing challenge that requires immediate attention and sustainable solutions. The city's recurrent water crisis highlights the need for effective water management strategies, including rainwater harvesting, efficient water distribution systems, and conservation measures. Also, collaborative efforts from government authorities, communities, and individuals are crucial to address this critical issue and ensure a sustainable water supply for the residents of Bengaluru.

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              • mary Mwihaki

                5 w

                This is so sad samething needs to be done water is everything

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                • Esther Wanjiku

                  5 w

                  A looming disaster in waiting

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                  • Elizabeth Gathigia

                    5 w

                    A very worrying situation, water is everything and we can't survive without it

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                    • Abraham Jok Atem

                      5 w

                      This is sad

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