People, companies forced to save water in parched India city

People, companies forced to save water in parched India city

In this July 18, 2019, photo, retired Indian civil servant R. Devarajan with his wife Padmini sit at the terrace of their house equipped with rain water harvesting system in Chennai, India. For Devarajan and Padmini, Chennai's acute water shortage has reinforced the wisdom of their decision years ago to install a rainwater harvesting system in their three-story home. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this July 18, 2019, photo, retired Indian civil servant R. Devarajan works on his desk in his three floor house equipped with rain water harvesting system in Chennai, India. For Devarajan, Chennai's acute water shortage has reinforced the wisdom of their decision years ago to install a rainwater harvesting system in their three-story home. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this July 18, 2019, photo, retired Indian civil servant R. Devarajan, right, talks with his wife Padmini, in the alley of their locality in Chennai, India. For Devarajan and Padmini, Chennai's acute water shortage has reinforced the wisdom of their decision years ago to install a rainwater harvesting system in their three-story home. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this July 18, 2019, photo, an elderly woman walks past a puddle as others wait to fill water from a government-run tap in Chennai, India. Receiving most of its annual rainfall in a two-month-long autumn monsoon, Chennai routinely experiences drought and floods. Exacerbated by climate change, the booming population has far outpaced the city's public water supply, forcing individuals and businesses to embrace private solutions. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this July 16, 2019, photo, villagers fetch water from a communal well on the outskirts of Chennai, India. In the village of Pallam just outside Chennai, some 70 families draw lots to determine when they can draw from a communal well. Normally, there is no limit on water, but now, community leaders have rationed each family to two or three pots per day, supplemented by a weekly visit by a municipal water truck that fills one plastic drum per household. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this July 20, 2019, photo, a stray dog crosses polluted Cooum River in Chennai, India. Receiving most of its annual rainfall in a two-month-long autumn monsoon, Chennai routinely experiences drought and floods. Exacerbated by climate change, the booming population has far outpaced the city's public water supply, forcing individuals and businesses to embrace private solutions. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

People, companies forced to save water in parched India city

In this July 18, 2019, photo, retired Indian civil servant R. Devarajan with his wife Padmini sit at the terrace of their house equipped with rain water harvesting system in Chennai, India. For Devarajan and Padmini, Chennai's acute water shortage has reinforced the wisdom of their decision years ago to install a rainwater harvesting system in their three-story home. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this July 18, 2019, photo, retired Indian civil servant R. Devarajan works on his desk in his three floor house equipped with rain water harvesting system in Chennai, India. For Devarajan, Chennai's acute water shortage has reinforced the wisdom of their decision years ago to install a rainwater harvesting system in their three-story home. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this July 18, 2019, photo, retired Indian civil servant R. Devarajan, right, talks with his wife Padmini, in the alley of their locality in Chennai, India. For Devarajan and Padmini, Chennai's acute water shortage has reinforced the wisdom of their decision years ago to install a rainwater harvesting system in their three-story home. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this July 18, 2019, photo, an elderly woman walks past a puddle as others wait to fill water from a government-run tap in Chennai, India. Receiving most of its annual rainfall in a two-month-long autumn monsoon, Chennai routinely experiences drought and floods. Exacerbated by climate change, the booming population has far outpaced the city's public water supply, forcing individuals and businesses to embrace private solutions. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this July 16, 2019, photo, villagers fetch water from a communal well on the outskirts of Chennai, India. In the village of Pallam just outside Chennai, some 70 families draw lots to determine when they can draw from a communal well. Normally, there is no limit on water, but now, community leaders have rationed each family to two or three pots per day, supplemented by a weekly visit by a municipal water truck that fills one plastic drum per household. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this July 20, 2019, photo, a stray dog crosses polluted Cooum River in Chennai, India. Receiving most of its annual rainfall in a two-month-long autumn monsoon, Chennai routinely experiences drought and floods. Exacerbated by climate change, the booming population has far outpaced the city's public water supply, forcing individuals and businesses to embrace private solutions. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
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