The City of Chennai is facing one of the worst water crisis to ever hit India. The four major reservoirs that supply water to the city have run completely dry and there is no hope of them filling back up with the current level of rainfall. The city has barely any groundwater left and this has made everyday life a challenge for nearly 5 million citizens of Chennai.
Every day, more than 15,000 water tankers make their way to Chennai from the outskirts of the city where people are already lined up to get their share. Long ques of people holding bright neon plastic water pots are lined up along the lanes waiting for their tanker to arrive.
One of the main problems that have brought the city to such a state is over development. A number of natural lakes and reservoirs of Chennai were filled in or encroached by developers for their projects and due to the overuse of concrete, not enough water seeps in to replenish the groundwater supply.
So Chennaiites have started harvesting water from all possible sources in order to meet their everyday needs. One such idea that they came up with is bathing in water that drips out of an Air Conditioner!
Technically, the water that drips out of your air conditioner is basically condensed water that accumulates on the copper pipe that cools your air. This water is basically drawn from thin air and is pretty clean! There are absolutely no chemicals or minerals dissolved in this water and water dripping from an air conditioner is more potable that the drinking water supplied in some parts of our country.
Dr Srikant, who works as an R&D technician with a global air conditioner brand says, "AC water is some of the cleanest water you can find. In fact, it is purer than the water that runs in your bathroom tap. Bathing with this water is a really great idea. You can also use AC drip to water your plants and if you can run it through a basic home water purifier, its completely safe for drinking."
We feel that the citizens of Chennai need to harvest as much water as they can because at this point unless their reservoirs fill up, they won't be seeing water running through their taps anytime soon.