As ground water depletes and the 4-month monsoon showers thin out to a few unpredictable weeks, farmers turn to the only perennial water source: a wastewater canal. They sell the rice and wheat they grow using this water; for their own consumption they buy produce that they believe is grown with clean(er) water.
Use of wastewater from the city for agriculture in the outskirts, is not unique to Gurgaon. It is increasingly common in South Asia.
This video draws on research by MDI Gurgaon, supported by NWO – Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek under the ‘Climate Policy, Conflicts and Cooperation in Peri-Urban South Asia’ project (http://saciwaters.org/cocoon/).
More info: http://saciwaters.org/cocoon/
Produced by: MetaMeta, MDI Gurgaon for NWO
Region: South Asia, India