Photo Essay

Water Scarcity

One tubewell & many containers

Globally, the water problem is getting worse as cities and populations grow, and the needs for water increase in agriculture, industry and households

This fact file highlights the health consequences of water scarcity, its impact on daily life and how it could impede international development. In the reality we face scarcity of water which is nature's most essential element now becoming dangerously scarce. A freshwater crisis has already begun that threatens to leave much of the world dry in the next 20 years, without enough water for a minimum of life.

Global population has tripled in the past 70 years while water use has grown six fold due to industrial development, widespread irrigation, and lack of conservation. If, as expected, the number of people on earth increases by more than a third, to more than 8 billion, by 2025, 40 percent more water will be needed.

At the same time our resources are limited and the supply of freshwater is theoretically always the same, in reality it's diminishing. The natural course of rivers, streams, and lakes has been compromised by centuries of damming, diversion, sprawl, and industrial pollution.

Nearly 2.2 billion people in more than 62 countries, one-third of the world's population, are starved for water. The worst conditions are in places like Haiti, Gambia, and Cambodia, where residents subsist on an average of fewer than six liters per day. In some part of Southern India the situation is worse.

The photographs shown in this photo essay is taken from Belgaum, Karnataka, India. People from far comes with their container for collecting drinking water and every time there is a heavy competition for getting water at the water source.

How we respond to today's water crisis will determine whether we actually know how to survive or only know how to misuse a resource on which survival depends.

We all JPG family member stand by the common problem we face, for the scarcity of the essential commodity and think before use in our day to day life.

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24 responses

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (21 Aug 2011):

    One of the best essays I have read at JPG. It should be "story of the week." Voted!

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (21 Aug 2011):

    Thank you Sir Richard!!!

  • Debbie Smartt

    Debbie Smartt   gave props (21 Aug 2011):

    I love this essay Saroj! Some people don't realize how lucky they are!

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (21 Aug 2011):

    I agree with you Debbie!!!

  • ajtiM

    ajtiM (Deleted) said (22 Aug 2011):

    brilliant! my vote.

  • Carol Arntsen Masiak

    Carol Arntsen Masiak gave props (22 Aug 2011):

    yay - congrats on story of the week - so well deserved!

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) said (22 Aug 2011):

    Absolutely outstanding! Got my Vote. Congratulations on making Story of the Week. So well deserved, indeed...

  • Marco Martinez

    Marco Martinez gave props (22 Aug 2011):

    Excellent essay. Thanks for the reminder of the things so many of us take for granted. Seeing these photographs puts our lives in a global perspective.

  • Carol Holmes

    Carol Holmes gave props (22 Aug 2011):

    Congratulations on Story of the Week! Bravo! :)

  • Rajeev Jadhav

    Rajeev Jadhav gave props (22 Aug 2011):

    Congrats Saroj This is story of the week 34 !!!!!!!!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (23 Aug 2011):

    Way to go!!! An awsome story and great images. Congratulations on getting Story of the Week.

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) said (23 Aug 2011):

    Congrats Saroj! awesome.wonderful story.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (24 Aug 2011):

    Hell YEAH! Rad!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (24 Aug 2011):

    Congrats on making Story of the Week!

  • Tanniscd

    Tanniscd (Deleted) gave props (24 Aug 2011):

    Great story Saroj! Makes you stop and think how precious water is for life

  • Niharika Sanyal

    Niharika Sanyal gave props (25 Aug 2011):

    A poignant true story. Congratulations and thank you for bringing these shots to us and reminding us of what it's like to be the lucky ones.

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker said (25 Aug 2011):


  • Mag TY

    Mag TY gave props (25 Aug 2011):

    CONGRATS for getting story of the week!!!

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (26 Aug 2011):

    Thank you my dear friends!!!

  • Raquel Bagnol

    Raquel Bagnol gave props (31 Aug 2011):

    congrats for winning the story of the week Saroj. You deserve it. This article really gets to the core of the issue.

  • Prasanna Kumar Biswal

    Prasanna Kumar Biswal said (4 Sep 2011):

    Saroj excellent. Good effort to bring the social issues thru your marvelous photography. Everyshould understand the need of water.

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (27 Sep 2011):

    Thank you all my good friends for the wishes and JPG for selecting this story for the week 34

  • Carol Holmes

    Carol Holmes gave props (15 Oct 2011):

    Congratulations for making story of the week! Well deserved! Excellent images Saroj!

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (20 Sep 2012):

    thnaks Carol!!!

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