Friday, September 23, 2011

The Ripple Effect

In the process of reading a rather awesome book on one of my favourite topics other than terrorism - water. The Ripple Effect is a nicely written book on the history and the state of water in the US. It makes for some intriguing reading - on how water supply works in the US.

I have only reached till about half way through the book, but the state of affairs in the US - makes me think about India in general and Bangalore in particular. The impunity with which the lakes in Bangalore are being destroyed (for a while now), both by pouring untreated sewage and by filling up dried lakes with real estate is appalling.

The book makes for some scary reading. The next wars could very well on water - watch China as it moves to dry up the Brahmaputra (Link from Chinas national newspaper and hence written with a footnote to India assuaging that the dam will not cause any problems to India). And when you read the book, you will realize that damming dries up supplies downstream - so India will be screwed up sooner or later - the question is not if but when...

A longer review when I finish reading the book, but for now, suffice it to say that a big part of our own eco friendly efforts has to be on water - reducing consumption, trying to use greywater and recycling wherever possible!

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