India Facing Historic Water Crisis

India’s Bellandur Lake in Bengaluru is prone to bursting into flames, while a detergent-like foam sometimes tops the Yamuna river flowing through New Delhi.
Across India, waters heavily polluted with a toxic stew of industrial waste, garbage, and raw sewage kill nearly 200,000 annually. 600 million people suffer from acute water shortages, many depending on tankers for drinking water. It all adds up to India’s “worst water crisis in history,” according to a government think tank report.
More Numbers:

  • Nearly 70% of India's water is contaminated
  • Polluted water contributes to 20% of the country's disease burden
  • Just 1/3 of India’s wastewater is currently treated

Thomson Reuters Foundation


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