#SoCS May 11/19

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “strain.” Use it any way you’d like. Enjoy!
We shifted to our house in 2005 from the University campus. For the first time we have been facing water crisis. Many families have their own wells and many others get water supplied by the city corporation. We have and underground ‘sump’ which holds 6000 litres of water. We used to get water everyday but in the last two months we have getting once in three days. But today we got water after more than a week. The feeling that there will be no water has always made me very anxious and a great strain. How can we live without water?

In many parts in the northern part of our state there has been no rainfall for almost four years. People living in those places have been migrating to the cities. Our town and other neighbouring areas get drinking water from a reservoir. That has dried up this year. Many say it is because of the pattern of rainfall last year. We got very heavy rains for three months from June to September first week and water was overflowing in all rivers, lakes and dams. Then the rains just stopped. Usually there is rainfall till November. So water has dried up earlier in water sources. Many people are buying water which is supplied in water-tankers. These tankers get water from other sources, mainly from wells. I had been asking my neighbour if she knows any person who will gey water for us. We had water just in the overhead tank. She asked a relative who has three wells in his farm a little away from our place. He got the water and we filled our sump. There was extra water and we asked another neighbour if they wanted it. They wanted it. Such a relief from the strain 😊. And today afternoon we got water from the corporation too. They had started supplying water but had not stated to which places they were supplying. We dared not wait. We were a little casual about though we never wasted it but we are now very careful. The monsoon will begin only in June. Hopefully it will arrive on time. And we just hope the officials in charge of the water supply will manage better next year. No one would complain if they start rationing from January. We have got information that from now on we will be getting water once a week. We have to be careful and manage. So many constructions, so many borewells without and restrictions, is such a strain on Mother Earth. Wonder what the future holds for us.



9 Replies to “#SoCS May 11/19”

  1. This must be a terrible strain on you and your family. It is raining hard here right now. We have gotten 2 and one half inches today. I hope you have relief soon.

  2. This world is suffering because the people of the world are abusing instead of doing everything to protect it. This world, and all the people, the creatures, the plants, down to the smallest grain of sand are all sacred on this earth. If we were not, we would not be here. We need to start respecting and cooperating with each other through the whole world to protect and preserve our beautiful earth and the universe. It’s as simple as that.

  3. It never gets as serious as that here in England but the water companies, no matter how much rain there is, are always saying that they are short of water. The theory is that they prefer to take their money as profits and have expensive holidays rather than develop the water storing infrastructure with more reservoirs and more sumps.

  4. This is so important to see. People here take water for granted — I don’t know how they’d handle a severe shortage. I hope this gets better for you soon.

  5. I thought the California drought situations were bad when I lived there; they pale in comparison to what you describe. So many people are clueless as to things like this. It is important that you wrote about it.

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