I can’t imagine what it’s like to live in an area where there’s barely any water for everyday use. Water is very essential for us to live; without water we won’t be able to survive for very long. I’m going to explain what the cost of the global water crisis is. This will be explained through examples from stories Brides of the Well and Caste System by Shekhar Kapur, Raw Experience by Brian Bayer, and using outside sources. I will also talk about why water is important and what can be done to help those without enough supply of water.
One cost of the global water crisis is the little girls and women having to walk long distances to wells to get water for their communities. This is mentioned in the Brides of the Well story; “The nearest working well was 12 kilometers away. There was no path even and the only way to get there was by foot. That’s how the name came – “Child Brides of the Well”. Each day the girls walked 4 hours to the well, and back 5 hours laden with pitchers of water. As they would for the rest of their young lives.” No one should have to walk that length just to get water. The two girls from the story Saraswati and Paras were so tired of getting water that they prayed that the well would dry up and that they could be free.
Second cost of the global water crisis is the caste system I’ve never heard of which until I read the blog by Shekhar Kapur. In the blog he mentions while he was searching for locations for his film Bandit Queen his throat was dry and asked for some water from a women and her husband which are from the low caste. They told him that “The high caste people will not want you walking into their house after you have drunk water given by us.” I don’t get why it mattered where and whom he got the water from.
The third story from Brian Bayer talks about people waiting for 500 gallon trucks filled with water to come around to fill up their 50 gallon drums.