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An Inside Look at the Daily Struggle for Water in One of the World’s Largest Cities

An Indian woman fills a pot with drinking water in Mumbai. Photo retrieved from: www.telegraph.co.uk

“Time and distance are at least as important as cost. According to the WHO/UNICEF report, if people face a round trip of more than 30 minutes or have to make more than one trip to collect water, they “progressively collect less water, and eventually fail to meet their families’ minimum daily drinking-water needs.”

Fighting for a prime-time slot

The expansion of water availability has been most successful in large urban areas of the global South. Among the beneficiaries have been the residents of Kadam Chawl (“Footsteps Slum”), a short row of tiny homes clinging to a narrow terrace on a hillside in the northern part of Mumbai, India’s largest city.

In a city like Mumbai, where the total available water supply is barely sufficient to fill the needs of the population, a community of ordinary people won’t get its fair share without first fighting for it and then working hard, day by day, to keep the flow coming.”

Read more: AlterNet

PAKISTAN: Harvesting rain, restoring dignity

“Tharparker District in Sindh Province, southern Pakistan, is among the most arid regions in the country. Limited rainfall, brackish underground water and the private ownership of wells by an elite minority have made access to potable water very difficult for much of the district’s 900,000 mostly rural inhabitants.

“However, an innovative project by local NGO Thardeep Rural Development Programme (TRDP) in conjunction with the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Government of Sindh is helping alleviate Tharparker’s drought problems.”

read more: AlterNet