The last drop of Bangalore8

Photography : Laurent WEYL     Texts : Sébastien DAYCARD HEID    

Bangalore - Lake Bellandur
 Gigantic open-air sewer, Lake Bellandur collects 60% of the effluents of the city loaded with heavy metals, nitrates, phosphates ... During heavy rains, a foam is formed on the surface of the water as the visible reflection of pollution waters of the whole city.
Pebble Bay
 North of Bangalore, Pebble Bay is an upper-class property complex whose pools are fed with groundwater. Every ten years, the population of the city is doubled.
Sarjapur District
, Where a village has a hundred or so houses, real estate complexes of a thousand apartments grow like mushrooms to accommodate computer workers, who form the bulk of the middle class.
Vyalikaval District
, In the city center, water towers allow residents to store groundwater, of poor quality.
Chamundeshwari district, 
40% of the population of Bangalore depends on groundwater as in the district of Chamundeshwari. Thanks to the reverse osmosis treatment system, this area not connected to running water can satisfy its water needs. After filtration, 70% of this water, which concentrates the pollutants, is released into the environment.
Vyalikaval District
, Young man returning home after filling his jars.
Vyalikaval District, 
Fetching water is part of the daily life of this city of 12 million people. Here, residents are fortunate to have access to the free, drinkable water of the Cauvery River for three hours every other day.
Whitefield District
, Rammu delivers his water to the hospital. As soon as you leave the city center, housing, offices, houses, shops, hospitals are not connected to the city network. 90% of industry and services live on drip through groundwater, according to the Ashoka Foundation.
Whiteflied District
, Rammu reloads his tank truck before the next delivery. Truck bosses usually arrange with landowners to rent a space and dig a well in the water table to reload their trucks.
North Bangalore District, 
Water scarcity rehabilitated a very old activity, that of Mannu Vaddars. Well diggers from father to son, this corporation creates collection points for rainwater and recharge
 groundwater, one of the simplest and most effective solutions to avoid water scarcity.
Sarjapura Road, 
These women benefit from the time during which this tanker is stopping to recover some water.
Slum near Jakkur
, 15% of the population from Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Assam or Manipur live in shantytowns. The landlord, by renting temporary land usually provides access to water.
Ozone prestige compound in Whitefield.
 The entire population lives in denial of the reality that predicts a water shortage by 2025 at the latest.
Compound Rainbow drive, 
Lakshmi Vishwanath has been living in Rainbow Drive, an ecological compound, for the last 3 years: "It should be a collective effort to recharge groundwater and be more sustainable about how to consume that water. All those who come to settle here are changing their minds about rainwater harvesting, and water and waste treatment. It's a change that has to come from within. "
Fun world, Water park in Bangalore. 
For the middle classes and the rich the water still flows. But the whole population lives in denial while scientific studies predict a water shortage by 2025 at the latest.
Panathur district, This wetland is dependent on Lake Kaikondrahalli. In total, three lakes have already been restored in Bangalore.
Varthur District Private School, Professor in a private school, Allinari explains to his students that Lake Varthur, located downstream of Bellandur, is now very polluted and should not approach even to play. Allinari is convinced that a greener way of life is possible through education.
Lake Varthur, 
Here, going out with his students to Lake Varthur to collect water samples to analyze it: "What worries me even more is the health of my students. Gastroenteritis, dengue fever or malaria through the proliferation of mosquitoes, and kidney problems are common here.
Lake Jakkur
, The Jalapooshan Association organizes guided tours near Lake Jakkur, where visitors learn to maintain this heritage by replanting wetlands, essential for the preservation of the lakes, which can then recharge the water tables with quality water.
South West Bangalore
, Until now, solving the problem was being implemented by engineers through hydraulic works to get more like these two pipelines that bring water from the Cauvery River to the city of Bangalore. But this remains insufficient to supply a city of 12 million inhabitants.
Mandya District, south of Bangalore. 
Lakshmi, 42 years old, lost her husband in 2018. Dumped in debt and unable to pay back, after two years without harvests, he committed suicide. 1200 people have suffered the same fate since 2017, mainly for lack of water.
Mandya District, south of Bangalore
. "The dam, which also supplies Bangalore, does not release enough water to supply us," says Suresh, a rice farmer near Mandya.
Mandya District, south of Bangalore, temple near Srirangapatna
. On Sundays, whole families come to pray or relax in the Cauvery River.