A panel discussion on the water crisis was organised by 98.1 Radio Lok Manch, Noida's community radio on February 27, 2022. It was attended by Team NOFFA (Noida Federation of Apartment Owners Associations) and some residents who have been working towards minimizing the water crisis in Noida.
During the discussion, NOFAA raised the issue of water management in Noida. NOFAA shared that from the last five years, the groundwater level in Noida has been reducing by 1.5 meters (every year).
According to a 2018 NITI Ayog report, 21 cities are feared to run out of groundwater by 2030. Delhi NCR is one of them.
Rajiva Singh, President NOFAA says, "If the situation will be the same 40% of the population will have no access to drinking water by 2030. Illegal constructions, concretization are the causes of disappearing ponds and water bodies. Large inorganic growth of migratory population seeking jobs explosion in Noida. Rivers are polluted due to industrial waste and untreated sewage disposal."
He adds, "The administration should start an awareness drive on the water crisis and make people aware of it. Water wastage habits of residents need to be relooked. Shower habits, washbasin usage, kitchen, laundry, toilet and usage of RO water filters causes 40% water wastage. The administration must meter water pipelines to make users accountable. Rainwater harvesting is mandatory but there are no compliance checks. STP water should be treated for more effective use. "
Dr Atul Chaudhry, a resident of sector 82 also participated in the discussion. His name has been selected for Swachhta Fellowship this year, for his work in the adoption and rejuvenation of parks. He says, "I have been living in Noida for the last five years and have noticed the water crisis ever since. Water is the most valuable thing on earth. Noida gets 250 MLD Ganga water daily. Schools should plan some education drives at water bodies instead of picnics and trips. to raise awareness on the water crisis. If we generate interest in the kids from the school level then they will understand the importance of water"
"Then there is a big hot topic of rainwater harvesting. The Uttar Pradesh government has a policy that the plot above 300 square meters shall have a rainwater harvesting system. But after getting OC/CC, how many plots have managed this?" asks Atul.