Water Scarcity, cover 8 July 2024 issue.

Water Scarcity

News Kashmir Analysis
Water is life , it is just not an adage but a reality of our world.
Water is an essential source for the existence of life on the planet earth. It is widely used for various purposes such as drinking, washing, bathing, cleaning, cooking, irrigation, and other industrial and domestic uses.
Water is vital to our health. It plays a key role in many of our body’s functions, including bringing nutrients to cells, getting rid of wastes, protecting joints and organs, and maintaining body temperature. Water should almost always be your go-to beverage.
Despite being water rich  the valley of Kashmir different areas are witnessing water shortage.
The residents of several villages in “Kandi B” area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district few days back  protested against Jal Shakti Department for failing to provide them drinking water for the last several years.
“Kandi B”  comprises of eleven villages .
There are also reports of water shortage from Central, South and North Kashmir.
In South Kashmir district of Pulwama the villagers of Koil are facing a significant irrigation crisis as prolonged dry spell of this summer continues to impact the region.
Few time back , Residents of Mominabad area of Batamaloo have expressed concern over the drinking water shortage in the locality.
Be it uptown or downtown the water shortage is felt in many areas.
Few weeks back, Residents of Syed Hamidpora Nawab Bazar area of Downtown had complained of an acute shortage of drinking water supply for long time.
The expert opinion is that While the drinking water shortage occurs throughout the year at some places but it gets serious  and extended to more areas in summer. It has been observed that generally in  summer the people need more water for drinking purpose.
Melting glaciers in Kashmir is another serious cause of concern that will have adverse impact including on our water supply as melting  glaciers will also have long-term implications, like groundwater recharge and overall glacier recharge, thus agriculture too will take a bad hit.
The less rainfall has also been a consistent worry.
Experts have also opined  that El Nino and the absence of a strong western disturbance may be to blame for Kashmir’s prolonged dry weather.
The need of the hour is that masses of Kashmir also take steps like not encroaching and polluting water bodies so that the situation doesn’t get more worse for us. People of Kashmir also have to incalculate water Saving  habits in them.