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Posted Sat Jun 16 2012: from Nature, via New York Times:
India's Septic Problem http://apocadocs.com/s.pl?1339809370
Rapidly-modernizing India is drowning in its own excreta. According to the World Health Organization, more than 600 million Indians practise open defecation -- making up 60 percent of the 1.1 billion people who do so worldwide. But even as toilets get built, the challenge of managing excreta grows.... Leaked sewage leads to a deadly and costly spiral. As surface or groundwater gets contaminated, the city must source clean water from farther afield. The cost of pumping water rises -- it now accounts for 30-50 percent of the price of supplying water. The cost of building and maintaining pipelines increases. And if the network is not maintained, water is lost -- 30-50 percent of the water leaks. The nation therefore has less clean water to supply and needs to pay more to get it to the people. It cannot provide these services for everyone, and it chooses the rich. As the water system degrades, the rich move to bottled water. The poor get sick...
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