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World Environment Day 2019: More work, less water: Bengaluru faces dry times

Updated : 2019-06-05 10:52:15

Years of rapid urbanisation, a swelling population and poor water management have led to drying taps, falling groundwater levels and filth-frothed lakes that can burst into flames. Bangalore is paying a heavy price for its success since marketing itself as a tech hub in the late 1990s and attracting top firms including Microsoft, IBM, Dell and Google. While job opportunities have soared in the sprawling city, millions have no piped water and instead rely on an army of privately-run tankers that suck water from wells inside and outside the city and deliver it to homes. Other families dig unauthorised private wells in search of water for drinking, bathing, laundry and other daily needs. Even those living in long-established neighbourhoods with piped water often find water trickling, rather than gushing, from the tap.

Fishermen-turned-farmers paddle through aquatic plants on Varthur Lake in Bangalore, on March 16, 2019. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Annie Banerji
Fishermen-turned-farmers paddle through aquatic plants on Varthur Lake in Bangalore, on March 16, 2019. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Annie Banerji
A fisherman-turned-farmer collects aquatic plants from Varthur Lake as fodder for his cattle in Bangalore, on March 16, 2019. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Annie Banerji
A fisherman-turned-farmer collects aquatic plants from Varthur Lake as fodder for his cattle in Bangalore, on March 16, 2019. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Annie Banerji
Fisherman-turned-farmer paddles through swathes of aquatic plants on his coracle on Varthur Lake in Bangalore, on March 16, 2019. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Rajan Zaveri
Fisherman-turned-farmer paddles through swathes of aquatic plants on his coracle on Varthur Lake in Bangalore, on March 16, 2019. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Rajan Zaveri
A fisherman-turned-farmer poses for a photo as he and his colleagues collect aquatic plants from Varthur Lake as fodder for their cattle in Bangalore, on March 16, 2019. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Rajan Zaveri
A fisherman-turned-farmer poses for a photo as he and his colleagues collect aquatic plants from Varthur Lake as fodder for their cattle in Bangalore, on March 16, 2019. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Rajan Zaveri
A fisherman-turned-farmer stands next to coracles near Varthur Lake in Bangalore, India on March 16, 2019. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Annie Banerji
A fisherman-turned-farmer stands next to coracles near Varthur Lake in Bangalore, India on March 16, 2019. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Annie Banerji
Construction labourers work to rejuvenate dried up Avalahalli Lake in Bangalore, on March 14, 2019. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Rajan Zaveri
Construction labourers work to rejuvenate dried up Avalahalli Lake in Bangalore, on March 14, 2019. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Rajan Zaveri
Stray dogs walk into the water at Jakkur Lake in Bangalore, on March 15, 2019. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Rajan Zaveri
Stray dogs walk into the water at Jakkur Lake in Bangalore, on March 15, 2019. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Rajan Zaveri
A washerman soaks clothes in detergent water at an open-air laundromat in Bangalore,  on March 13, 2019. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Rajan Zaveri
A washerman soaks clothes in detergent water at an open-air laundromat in Bangalore,  on March 13, 2019. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Rajan Zaveri
A worker welds together a water tanker at a local manufacturing workshop in Bangalore, on March 12, 2019. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Rajan Zaveri
A worker welds together a water tanker at a local manufacturing workshop in Bangalore, on March 12, 2019. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Rajan Zaveri
A local worker dries clothes in a machine at an open-air laundromat in Bangalore, on March 13, 2019. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Rajan Zaveri
A local worker dries clothes in a machine at an open-air laundromat in Bangalore, on March 13, 2019. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Rajan Zaveri
A washerman beats clothes on a flogging stone at an open-air laundromat in Bangalore, on March 13, 2019. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Rajan Zaveri
A washerman beats clothes on a flogging stone at an open-air laundromat in Bangalore, on March 13, 2019. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Rajan Zaveri
Raghavendra CP, an executive engineer at the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board, poses for a photo in Bangalore, on March 15, 2019. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Rajan Zaveri
Raghavendra CP, an executive engineer at the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board, poses for a photo in Bangalore, on March 15, 2019. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Rajan Zaveri
A worker welds together a water tanker at a local manufacturing workshop in Bangalore, on March 12, 2019. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Rajan Zaveri
A worker welds together a water tanker at a local manufacturing workshop in Bangalore, on March 12, 2019. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Rajan Zaveri
A washerman wrings out clothes at an open-air laundromat in Bangalore, on March 13, 2019. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Rajan Zaveri
A washerman wrings out clothes at an open-air laundromat in Bangalore, on March 13, 2019. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Rajan Zaveri
Vishwanath Srikantaiah, a water conservation and urban planning expert, poses for a photo near Jakkur Lake in Bangalore, on March 15, 2019. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Annie Banerji
Vishwanath Srikantaiah, a water conservation and urban planning expert, poses for a photo near Jakkur Lake in Bangalore, on March 15, 2019. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Annie Banerji
Water tankers line up at a water filling station in Bangalore, on March 13, 2019. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Annie Banerji
Water tankers line up at a water filling station in Bangalore, on March 13, 2019. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Annie Banerji
Ajay Kumar, a local water tanker driver, poses for a photo in Bangalore, on March 14, 2019. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Rajan Zaveri
Ajay Kumar, a local water tanker driver, poses for a photo in Bangalore, on March 14, 2019. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Rajan Zaveri
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