There is a calamity happening right now in rural Indian villages. They have been drought-stricken and as a result, men are taking second and third wives to fetch water for the family every day.
Open Magazine, calls these women “water wives,” and many of them fetch more than 25 gallons of water per day. These women make repeated trips to the nearest dam or river throughout the day to fetch water for drinking, washing, and farming. It is these women’s obligation, they make the back-straining trip no matter what the weather or how they’re feeling. One young woman “was forced to go fetch water just 10 days after her child was born,” reports the magazine.
The toll this job takes on their bodies is too embarrassing for them to discuss. They suffer from back and neck pain, baldness (from carrying water on their heads), stunted growth, and fertility problems.
This should make us more aware that wasting water is like wasting food. People are suffering for lack of it, and having enough water is not something we should take for granted.