I have said many times that when it comes to water, man thinks way too small to have the impact necessary to solve our growing and future water needs. In California for instance, where water is available in abundance, Governor Jerry Brown forces usage restrictions and dumps away billions of gallons of fresh drinking water rather than build sorely needed additional reservoir capacity to collect the bounty of water the state is blessed with.
We take water for granted. We only rise to action when there is a problem at our faucet. Plan for the future? Don’t be silly, we don’t have to do that.Sadly, this is how we behave with our water. I promise you, if we continue on this path, our water problems will become so severe that one day soon, they will be too severe for us to rectify.
Enter the visionary hero Nitin Jayram Gadkari, newly appointed Transportation Minister of India. As one of his first acts he has decided to divert some of the abundant water from the Godavari river to the water-starved communities of Krishna, to the Pennar river (Karnataka) and finally to Carvery.”
As I have written elsewhere, conservation is not a long-term solution to man’s water needs. Water is ridiculously over abundant on our planet. It is impossible to wastewater as the volume of water on Earth is a constant. Man cannot deplete or add to the amount of water on the planet. What we can do, however, is make water a top priority and use engineering, science and modern technology to make sure that every human being has all the safe water they could possibly need and want.
This Gadkari guy gets it. We still don’t.