Water conservation and regulated supply is a must
Water conservation should be part of any development strategy. While to many the water available is unsafe, to many others it is not available at all. Though people are aware of the value of water and the scarcity of its availability, water is still not part of development strategy.
In countries like India, callous politicians and bureaucrats, and self-seeking NGOs are the real wreckers. There is hardly any thinking, leave alone action to link different water bodies, create new ones, and repair the derelict ones, which can conserve water and avoid floods.
The water so conserved should be made available to the people safely and adequately. As the state of ecology has a direct bearing on rainfall, along with the water-needs the issue of ecological devastation should be addressed. There should also be water treatment plants, especially in cities, which are lacking now. Water should be declared as a national asset to which all citizens have equal right. The disparities and discriminations seen in wealth distribution are also clearly reflected in the differential access to water. This should not continue.