For the Love of Water

Travel - March 11th, 2011

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A friend recently met with a professor at a university in Varanasi who is studying the content of the Ganga river. If my memory serves me correctly, one of the things he shared with me is that of the 100 billion litres of waste that enters the holy Ganga River (industrial, sewage, cremated bodies, washing supplies etc) only 3 billion litres go through any filtering system.

In light of this, it has been interesting to watch the rituals of locals at banks of the Ganga- cremating, bathing, drinking, washing clothes etc. Organically green in colour, locals are seldom troubled by Ganga’s contents whereas any visitor who has not developed immunity to such things would be vilely sick.

It certainly makes me grateful for the safe and clean water that the city waterworks provide me at the turn of a tap in the respective homes I’ve had in Japan, Canada and New Zealand. With World Water Day on March 22 this year- take time to appreciate this valuable resource and take measures to conserve.

Om shanti,