New Delhi: The city is on the verge of a water shortage.
The world’s biggest water body, the International Water Management Organization (IWMO), has warned that there is a 90 per cent chance of shortages of drinking water in parts of the city, where it’s been a major source of water for decades.
“We have a situation where water is running out for the whole of Delhi,” a senior official of the water body said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The water shortage comes after Delhi, one of the world’s top cities, declared a state of emergency in January, saying it would use water as a last resort.
Water officials say they are trying to tap into a water supply that is running low.
“Water has been the major source for sanitation and drinking water for the city for decades,” said the official, who spoke on condition that he not be named.
“But it is becoming a problem for the people as the population grows and there is not enough water for everyone.”
The city is facing a shortage of water in the suburbs of Delhi, the capital, and the city itself.
It was only when the drought started to intensify that the IWMO warned of a 90-per-cent chance of a major water crisis in the city.
“The city’s water supplies are not adequate for the population,” the official said.
“People need to buy water at the market.
This is a crisis for the government.
The situation is getting worse.”
The water body’s warning came after Delhi declared a drought state for the month of February, when rainfall fell to a record low of 1.29 million cubic meters per day.
At the same time, it also warned that a third of Delhi’s water supply was being “over-used” due to the city’s growing population.
Since the water crisis began, the government has been trying to boost water usage and use of water as water is a vital service for Delhi’s population.
In a bid to tackle the crisis, Delhi has introduced a range of measures to reduce water use, such as installing filters at the entrances of homes, opening taps in parks and building new homes in urban areas.
The government also announced that water consumption would be reduced to 1.5 litres per person per day by the end of the year.
Water officials in the capital say the government should do more to boost demand and conserve water for people, and to curb water use.
As per the latest figures from the state government, Delhi consumes around 4.7 litres of water a day.
The government estimates that by 2030, the city will have to ration its water supply to 50 litres per day and that by 2050, it will have a limit of 70 litres per household.
In response to the water shortage, a number of civic bodies have been launching “tap water” programmes to encourage people to use water wisely.
Civic bodies have also been asking people to conserve water by buying bottled water at various water stores, opening tap water taps at homes and by buying water in shops.
A senior water official said that the government is working to boost use of tap water in Delhi by giving free water to residents and distributing tap water to people.
Earlier this month, a Delhi government employee was killed in a road accident while trying to buy tap water.
Many in the national capital say that the water shortages in the state are the biggest in the country.
The water scarcity has prompted protests in several parts of Delhi.
Demonstrators took to the streets to protest against the shortage of drinking and sanitation water.
They said that it was a matter of life and death.