July 3rd, 2014
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In a New Delhi neighborhood, residents line up in the blistering 45 degree Celsius heat (113 Fahrenheit) carrying empty jerry cans and water bottles, waiting for the government water tanker truck to arrive.

"We only get water once a week and each time we have to fight for it," one woman yells.

There are no laid pipelines in unplanned areas like this, so tanker trucks are their only source of water.

With the truck arrives chaos.

Some climb to the top of the tanker truck, reaching out for the pipes. Others jostle and argue below, trying to collect every drop.

Minor scuffles ensue. Many have been waiting for hours for their weekly supply and they are visibly angry.

Every household in this neighborhood is allowed only four jerry cans each.

"With so little water, we don't know if we should drink it, cook with it, or bathe with it," one woman says.

Water shortages are a perennial problem in much of India, but this summer the country's newly elected government is facing extra heat over water.

Read - Can these 'water ATMs' bring relief to thirsty India?

More on the world's water crisis

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  1. Thinking things through

    I've no idea for a real solution to this - apparently portions of India as well as a few portions of the US southwest are getting to be seriously affected by a lack of potable local water. I'm hoping. No one should have to be scrambling over water.

    July 4, 2014 at 4:15 pm | Reply
    • Scott

      And yet you can still walk into any store in the west and buy it for pocket change.

      July 7, 2014 at 5:34 pm | Reply
  2. The Nothing Expert

    Reblogged this on The Nothing Expert and commented:
    On this July4th., I will celebrate being an American.

    July 4, 2014 at 11:48 am | Reply
  3. Captain Slapaho

    It is stories like this that make our "compet!tive eating" games so reprehensible.

    July 4, 2014 at 11:41 am | Reply
  4. The Nothing Expert

    It is fitting that I read this story on our July 4th. A woman in the article says. "With so little water, we don't know if we should drink it, cook with it, or bathe with it," On this rainy 4th, I will ponder that thought and treasure my life as an American.

    July 4, 2014 at 11:31 am | Reply

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