Balance is the way of life. Everything has a good and bad side. Even the nourishing rainy season. Did you know that monsoons in South-west Asian countries are one of the prime reasons for mass pollution of natural reservoirs and rivers? Now playing the devil’s advocate here, many would voice out “But monsoons purify and replenish groundwater levels, borewells and dams, meant for irrigation and public use.”
That remains true, but for how long? We need to understand that dirt, paint, pet waste, detergents, plastics, untreated sewage, electronic waste and much other daily garbage that is discarded carelessly on the roads, barren lands or other open sites, degrades the quality of runoff water. Right now our soils have become so polluted and waste-landfill so toxic that the water that runs down into the rivers/oceans or seeps into the groundwater gets polluted with various harmful chemicals.
Therefore, smart ways to harvest rainwater and ensure that it remains viable for future use is our biggest priority for a sustainable life. Here are some ways in which we can avoid water pollution during Monsoons –