| Shower baths cause major water
TIMES NEWS NETWORK
Mumbai: Shower baths are resulting in monumental loss of water in
metro cities across the country. On an average an individual consumes
eight buckets of water or 115 litres while taking a bath.
A survey conducted by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS)
across seven metros in the country shows that around 80% water is
used for bathing, in toilets, for washing clothes and utensils. The
survey was conducted early this month in Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmedabad,
Hyderabad, Kolkata, Kanpur and Madurai covering 2,734 households.
An average of the seven cities showed that 82 litres is used to flush
toilets, 76 litres for washing clothes and 67 litres for washing utensils.
Abdul Shaban, an urban expert at TISS said while the consumption of
water has increased, its availability has not kept pace with the growing
In Mumbai, around 17 lakh households are water deficient. In high
income areas, the deficiency is around 57% while in the slums it is
While the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) claims to provide
135 litres per capita per day, on an average the water supply is only
91 litres, said Shaban. With the ground water sources fast depleting,
water would become even more scarce in the future. “Stringent measures
need to be initiated by citizens to conserve water through efficient
use and minimisation of wastage,’’ said Shaban.
A change in consumption habits would help in conservation of water.
Reverting to the use of a bucket of water instead of a shower would
greatly reduce the wastage of water, said Shaban. Other suggestions
are closing the tap properly, storing water in copper coated vessels
for longer periods and using low sud detergents can prevent wastage
of water up to 50%, he added.
> Use a bucket of water instead of a shower
> Recycle water and use for gardening
For washing clothes
> Use full loads of laundry
> Use low sud detergents