Do we have money, though? India's agricultural sector is dependent on annual subsidies worth about $48 billion. Even though these subsidies are the stuff of politics, if even half of them were put toward lowering the water footprint of Indian agriculture, our access to water would be guaranteed without affecting farm incomes or output levels. Additionally, reducing food waste, which currently accounts for 40% of total production, would significantly lower our water bill.
The municipal sector used 56 bcm of water in 2010, and by 2050, it is anticipated that this amount will increase to 102 bcm, primarily due to urban and industrial growth.
India needs to move more quickly toward water-independent renewable energy sources in the energy sector. Currently, 6 bcm out of the 30 bcm drawn annually are used. There is no doubt that expensive thermal and hydropower systems must be upgraded in the near future to maximise water use efficiency. The most recent technologies must be adopted where new plants are being built, and sustainable water links must be established in regions where there is either an abundance of water or no water shortage. It is absurd to lose 14 terawatt hours of electricity production, as we did in 2016.
The time to hit snooze on this crisis has gone. Read the blog post written by P4I to learn more: