Cutting Paani – a focussed approach to saving water

by Aneesh Bhanot
There are many ways how one can provide
much needed and valued service to society, especially
the physically and visually challenged.
Rotarians, the world over, pour their passion,
integrity and intelligence into completing projects
that have a lasting impact. Some Rotarians
believe in a focussed approach, that is, identifying
particular segments who they feel need urgent
and immediate help, putting in their 100 percent
efforts in being of service to them and making
sure that there is continuity in all that they do.
Rotary Chandigarh Shivalik believes in this
approach and its members have done amazing
work in the segments they have selected.
One such segment is the saving of Water.
Water is essential to life, yet 844 million people
in the world – 1 in 9 – lack access to it. According
to a report by the World Economic Forum, the
water crisis is the #4 global risk in terms of
impact to society. India, too, is no exception to
this serious problem.
Research also shows that 7 out of 10 people
don’t finish a glass of water given to them in
restaurants, offices and homes, which then goes
to waste.
Cutting Paani, of RCS, was based on the concept
of Cutting Chai. In Mumbai most tea vendors
offer two varieties of tea. You may ask for a
‘full chai’ … or a “half chai” which is less in
quantity and price and is called Cutting Chai.
Cutting Paani was all about stopping the wastage
of water because there was an urgent need to save
water for the sake of humanity.
Rotarians of Rotary Chandigarh Shivalik
reached out to restaurants, offices, schools and
colleges and educated them on this subject. RCS
specially produced Tent Cards and placed them
in a large number of restaurants, clubs, canteens,
offices etc. wherever possible. Members also
went and explained the seriousness of the problem
to the staff at these places and sought their
help and co-operation.
Cuttting Paani will continue this year too, like
most projects of RCS.

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