Water - the sustainer of much of life on earth. The ancient civilizations of Egypt, Mesopotamia, and the Indus Valley all grew and flourished around rivers. The Vedas hail the element water as the very basis of existence. The evolutionary tree has at its roots, life forms that originated out of water. Thus, water is a gift of God to this world. Water covers three-fourths of the surface of earth. But surprisingly, in spite of such an abundance of this gift of God, in our present times, pure drinking water has become a scarce commodity. Rampant pollution by industries has contaminated our rivers and groundwater. An ever-burgeoning human population is depleting even the available water resources by being wasteful in its use. Man is today staring in the face of a water crisis that perils his very existence. The need of the hour is a system of water management that optimizes the utilization and allocation of the available water resources so that adequate water is available to all. Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, through His mammoth drinking water supply projects, has shown a beleaguered humanity the way out of the crisis. In His own words, "river water flows into the sea and is thus wasted. If this water can be harnessed so as to be available to even to water scarce regions....." Under His Divine guidance, the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust has executed a number of projects that have brought this elixir of life into the parched throats of millions in Andhra Pradesh in Anantapur district in 1995, Medak and Mahabubnagar in 2001 and in the metropolitan city of Chennai in 2004. A project to ameliorate the situation of water scarcity in upland areas of East Godavari and West Godavari districts of Andhra Pradesh was completed and handed over to the Goverment in the year 2007. Read on to learn more about this wonderful saga of God's Love and Compassion.

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