WATCH: Why you should make this Holi a dry one
According to a study done in 2015, if we continue wasting water the way we are, there won't be any left by 2025. That's just nine years from now.
You don't have to think much to know what that really means.
Two regions of the country are already facing the crisis - Marathwada in Maharashtra, and Bundelkhand, which falls partly in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.
Fearing violence over water, the administration has banned the assembly of five or more people near all water sources in Marathwada's Latur city.
In Bundelkhand's villages, almost everyone who can work is migrating to far-off cities. Almost 90% of the fields have been abandoned.
This video tells you how there is very little water left in the country.
As a result of the failure, our water reservoirs are filled up to under a third of their capacity. For every 100 million litres of water available last year, there is just 71 million litres available today.
Because the monsoon failed, so there was no natural recharge of water - neither in the reservoirs, nor in underground reserves.
Every Holi seems incomplete without water. A "dry" Holi appears to be an oxymoron. But in 2016, can we afford a Holi with water?
Video by Andrew Clarance
Text by Nihar Gokhale
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