Tuesday, December 11, 2007

‘5 p.c. of middle-class have rainwater harvesting units’ The Hindu : Karnataka / Bangalore News

The Hindu : Karnataka / Bangalore News : ‘5 p.c. of middle-class have rainwater harvesting units’: "
About 80 per cent of middle-class people in Bangalore do not know that the sources of piped water to the city are the Cauvery and the Arkavathy. The percentage goes up to 88 among low income groups.As much as 63 per cent from low income groups do not even know the existence of these rivers and only 24 per cent know that the Cauvery was one of the sources. Among the middle-class, 92 per cent do not know how far water travels to reach the city.About 35 per cent from the low income groups still depend on public taps and hand pumps for their daily supply of water, while only 5 per cent of the educated middle-class have rainwater harvesting system in their houses.These figures were made public here on Thursday from a survey relating to 'water literacy' conducted by the Children's Movement for Civic Awareness (CMCA). The survey covered about 3,000 households from both the middle-class and the low income groups across the city. It was carried out in September and October. About 60 per cent of respondents were women. (snip)

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