When the UN declared 2003 the Year of Fresh Water, even people who never thought about drinking water probably gave it a thought or two during the latest extremely hot summers. Yet India has known this kind of temperature forever. The country possesses huge resources of fresh water, yet, as it is home to almost a sixth of the global population, it has to deal with numerous problems of water management. The Indians find original solutions to overcome these problems, traditional ones as well as very modern ones. The film focuses on two extremely different regions in India:
The Thar Desert in the state of Rajasthan is one of the driest places on earth. Here scientists and activists are trying to find ways to help the local population to use the scarce element without destroying the environment.
In Kerala, aka Godâ€™s own country, the rich green colour and the tropical climate does not let one brood over water shortage. Yet the first impression is misleading.
The traditional abundance comes under increasing pressue due to intensive agriculture and the industry. For instance, Coca Cola Corporation secured the water rights for a factory where it draws daily 15 million litres of fresh water to produce soft drinks.
The local people need this water. Coca Cola hardly pays anything at all for it and the factoryâ€™s waste water increasingly pollutes the ground water.
Water is a fundamental necessity for life. if we wonâ€™t make an effort to preserve it, we will be hit by a real catastrophe soon.
It is the goal of this film to show several of these efforts in India, which could serve as an example for the industrialized world.