"All the water is sent to Mumbai, we are left with nothing," said villager Ashok Shinde. "The government encourages us to breed animals but what will we give them to drink if we don’t have any water to drink ourselves?"
For more than four decades Ramzan has been a “mashki,” or water bearer, an age-old profession now in decline as water companies and tankers increasingly supply residents.
There is no doubt that water is a very precious asset, like gold. In several countries, water has a very high value, but unfortunately is scarce. This is because population growth and climate change are putting a lot of strain on the planet’s limited water supplies.
The World Resources Institute (WRI) has listed India among the 17 countries, home to one-quarter of the world’s population, which face extremely high water stress. India has 18% of the world’s population but only 4% of the global freshwater resources — being an agrarian economy, it is the world’s largest extractor of groundwater.