Water in the City

Amazing how little we know about how we get the water we use in our homes.

Loss of Water Supply

Imagine you live in a traditional village which has shared water with
neighbouring villages, towns and cities for a century. This year was
nasty and the water board is still pumping out water because those
freak in the cities don’t see or ignore the lakes falling water level.
Five years pass and people in your village die because of water abuse
of your lake by others. The only step then remaining is fortifying the
water source and levying a larger charge for geting the water. This is
a possible situation we could be headed towards.

Unlike computers and electricity, mechanical pipes don’t lend
themselves to a very high transport efficiency. Precious water is lost
in every pipe bend, valve, leak and pumping losses. Transporting water
over large distances is not efficient.

Getting Students Interested in LARS

A key pre-requisite to starting a lunar simulation project is to have
enough people interested in it. The Chandrayaan mission has piqued
media interest in the Moon.

However, people still look at it through mysterious eyes. People think
Apollo 11 was a hoax. They don’t know that 12 people have gone to the
Moon. Even the amateur astronomy community does not know of many lunar
features on the Moon.

Under such circumstances, it is useful to get students interested.
Accordingly, we plan to unveil a series of events and mini projects to
get things going. The announcements begin on October 4.

Lunar Analog Research Station – India

My first knowledge of an analog research station was Arctic Mars
Analog Station Expedition or AMASE. A thought process carried forward
with Flashline Mars Analog Research station or FMARS. The Moon Miners
Manifesto’s India Quarterly expanded on the theme and brought the
subject of a similar station for the Moon in India at the backdrop of
the Chandrayaan series of missions to the Moon.

I became a member of the Moon Society this summer and have begun
planing on what can eventually be a lunar research station in India.

I am still reading through papers and worrying about geting people
on-board before begining the actual effort. I’m also working out a
simultaneous outreach and education effort that will focus on the
Chandrayaan series and serve the project’s basis.

Water

My fascination for water started with the lines in my science text
book urging me to drink 8 to 13 glasses of water everyday. I follow
this naturally because I do get thirsty alot.

Fast forward to my under graduate years and it amazes me that we still
use the same 100 odd year old system to bring water from catchment
areas to meet requirements of the city. Innovation has worked only in
bringing water more efficiently in the old system.

Today, we face a water shortage. Would not people staying closer to
the water source claim ownership and sell water to her neighbours than
allow its citizens to die?

An analogy is supplying water to a colony on the Moon.