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Chennai searches for water

Updated : 2019-07-04 19:17:29

Reports have come in that by 2020, about 21 major Indian cities would run out of ground water. But Chennai has fast-forwarded itself to 2020 already and has little or no groundwater available for the people to use. With monsoon failing in 2018, little or rain through 2019, inadequate and inefficient water distributing and storage system, concrete covering most of the land area with voracious constructions across the city not allowing rain water to seep underneath, rising population density have all added up to this catastrophe.With every possible reservoir dried out and depleting ground water levels across city, people have finally woken up to see the calamity they face. The situation has gone on to become a grim joke, with biryani sellers luring in customers by giving them freebies of the most wanted commodity — water. Gathered here is a collection of images that capture Chennai's acute water shortage.

Chembarambakkam lake is the major reservoir that provided water to people of Chennai. With this and other water sources like Poondi, Cholavaram, Puzhal lakes dried up, the intensity of the crisis is clear. Photo by Palani Kumar/PEP Collective.
Chembarambakkam lake is the major reservoir that provided water to people of Chennai. With this and other water sources like Poondi, Cholavaram, Puzhal lakes dried up, the intensity of the crisis is clear. Photo by Palani Kumar/PEP Collective.
Water tankers are used mainly to distribute water to apartments, large offices and other bigger buildings for a price. Smaller tanks are hired on a contract basis to distribute water directly to people. Photo by Steevez Rodriguez/PEP Collective.
Water tankers are used mainly to distribute water to apartments, large offices and other bigger buildings for a price. Smaller tanks are hired on a contract basis to distribute water directly to people. Photo by Steevez Rodriguez/PEP Collective.
A Metrowater tank is filled with water at the filling station. These are the only lifeline to citizens of Chennai. They make multiple trips through the day filling at metro stations and distributing them across to various places. Photo by Steevez Rodriguez/PEP Collective.
A Metrowater tank is filled with water at the filling station. These are the only lifeline to citizens of Chennai. They make multiple trips through the day filling at metro stations and distributing them across to various places. Photo by Steevez Rodriguez/PEP Collective.
Metrowater lorry drivers rest for the night outside a water filling station. The increasing crisis has led to more drivers being employed on a contract basis. Photo by Steevez Rodriguez/PEP Collective.
Metrowater lorry drivers rest for the night outside a water filling station. The increasing crisis has led to more drivers being employed on a contract basis. Photo by Steevez Rodriguez/PEP Collective.
People fill water from the lorries with smaller tanks that go around the city distributing water. Photo by Steevez Rodriguez/PEP Collective.
People fill water from the lorries with smaller tanks that go around the city distributing water. Photo by Steevez Rodriguez/PEP Collective.
People wait for their turn to fill water. Photo by Steevez Rodriguez/PEP Collective.
People wait for their turn to fill water. Photo by Steevez Rodriguez/PEP Collective.
Drilling a borewell. With increasing population density and rise in residential buildings, the need for groundwater has multiplied. The lack of proper water storage systems citizens has caused increased dependency on groundwater. Photo by Steevez Rodriguez/PEP Collective.
Drilling a borewell. With increasing population density and rise in residential buildings, the need for groundwater has multiplied. The lack of proper water storage systems citizens has caused increased dependency on groundwater. Photo by Steevez Rodriguez/PEP Collective.
The tower in Puzhal lake to measure height is left with no water around. Photo by Palani Kumar/PEP Collective.
The tower in Puzhal lake to measure height is left with no water around. Photo by Palani Kumar/PEP Collective.
An almost dry Puzhal lake that is one of the reservoirs providing water to people of Chennai. Photo by Palani Kumar/PEP Collective.
An almost dry Puzhal lake that is one of the reservoirs providing water to people of Chennai. Photo by Palani Kumar/PEP Collective.
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