Chennai, India, is almost out of water, Satellite Pictures show why

Chennai's water crisis has risen to a level where the water reservoirs in the city have become muddy puddles, and the drought is taking over the city by storm, ironically. 

Chennai, India, is almost out of water, Satellite Pictures show why
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Chennai, India, is Almost Out of Water, Satellite Pictures Show Why

Chennai, India, is almost out of water. One of India's leading city and an IT superpower, Chennai has become a hub for multinationals and Indian companies alike. One of the problems that this city has been facing is the rapid rise in the water scarcity and the depleting conditions of its water bodies. 

A city of almost 5 million people, Chennai is relying heavily on desalination and water being brought in trucks and trains to meet people's demands across the city.

Chennai's water crisis has risen to a level where the water reservoirs in the city have become muddy puddles, and the drought is taking over the city by storm, ironically. 

A satellite image of Puzhal reservoir in Chennai on June 15, 2018

 

A satellite image of Puzhal reservoir in Chennai on April 6, 2019, shows the depletion of lake

Poor resource management, groundwater depletion, and climate change have resulted in some severe resource crisis. The world's water crisis is rapidly rising, and if the cities facing this trouble do not buckle up, they could become the next states in distress. 

This June 15, 2018, Copernicus Sentinel-2 Satellite image provided by Maxar Technologies shows Puzhal reservoir in Chennai.

As per reports, only heavy rainfall can save the city of Chennai from an acute water crisis. While there had been a few showers on Thursday, they were not enough to save the city's soul. Chennai still seems to be in a state of unrest due to water shortage as residents pile up in front of water trucks to meet their daily needs. 

This June 15, 2019, image shows Puzhal reservoir in Chennai during the drought. 

This water is costing the people almost double what regular supply costs in the city. The water services come at a huge cost not just for the people but for the government as well. These prices have led to weaker sections of the society lacking access to water resources. 

Climate change and heat waves have led to moisture being evaporated from soil, and the drought-ridden city is experiencing the average temperature rising by almost 1.5 degree Celsius over the past 60 years. One of the primary reasons for this crisis is the rising population in the city. The usage of water has gone up in double-digit percentages, and the rate of groundwater replenishment and recharge has gone down. 

This population growth, combined with weak planning and policies, has led to an inefficient system of water management. Chennai water crisis is the perfect amalgamation of human mismanagement and poor decision making combined with harsh climate conditions that are getting worse by the second. 

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