World Water Day 2012

Photo Essay: India, Water, Culture

by |March 22, 2012

With a population of almost 1.2 billion and growing, over-exploited natural resources, and inadequate or failing infrastructure, perhaps no nation faces a greater challenge in securing enough fresh water to meet the needs of its people than India.

Take a photographic journey from the crowded streets of Delhi, through the parched state of Rajasthan, and into the farmlands of north Gujarat to get a closer look at some of the many ways water affects the lives of millions of Indians every day.

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Earth Institute researcher Ram Fishman conducts a survey with a farmer, Gujarat

Over the past year, the Columbia Water Center and Modi Research Group have conducted an innovative project in North Gujarat designed to help farmers conserve water, cut their energy use and employ sustainable farming techniques. In order to succeed, such efforts require working closely with community members as well as forming partnerships with local stakeholders and other organizations.

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Water shortage will soon, if not already, be a huge global problem. With ever increasing populations especially in emerging markets consumption of water will escalate. Not just for personal use but within industry as well. I’m not sure the Indian infrastructure is suitable for the amount of water needed by the people.


We humans never realize the importance of anything unless it’s lost. Water is without a doubt, one of the most essential factors that helps make life sustainable on this wonderful Earth. Even though there are several campaigns from individuals and groups to make people aware about the importance of water, we still continue to be negligent. Even when people are dying without having water to drink, there are people who continue using up thousands of liters of water for swimming pools and other water sports. Hope more people open their eyes and understand how vital pure water is for their… Read more »