India’s vice president spoke at water management and conservation dialogues held this week about the need to reduce water consumption and improve water treatment in a country where only 20 percent of wastewater is treated.
“Sewage pollutes our water bodies, since nearly 80 percent of it is untreated and is discharged into the nearest water body through unlined drains,” said Vice President Shri M. Hamid Ansari at the Anil Angrawal Dialogues. “This kills the receptacle besides polluting ground water. The groundwater is used by half or urban Indians without treatment, for drinking cooking and bathing, thereby creating a tricking health bomb amongst our people.”
Pollution loading and overuse of water has destroyed several natural water sources throughout the country, according to the vice president.