India has no shortage of water at all, nor indeed does at the opposite end of the economic spectrum does California.Both have corrupt governments that buy votes through subsidised water use. OK India is more corrupt, but it is the same structure.If water is priced properly by a market rather than a politician then you don't get water shortages.Water shortages, like famines are political constructs, not technical or economic ones.Under British rule and indeed under the rule of the even worse scumbags before, famines were normal and horrible in India.Yet since it became a democracy there ahsn't been one, even though after the British left the efficiency of India dropped hard before recovering.This is because famines cost serious numbers of votes and when India was ruled by British emperors and local warlords they simply didn't care. India is made worse by the fact that you have to directly bribe officals to get the underpriced water. This is because if a firm is making money getting you water then they try real hard to get you water, if the outfit supplying water loses money on each drop then you have to persuade them.Because water is supplied at below cost in both California and India, the infrastructure doesn't get the necessary investment and of course it means it is wasted.Israel and Norfolk, UK are both categorised as drought areas, Israle is also rather hot. But by intelligent use of water and market pricing both grow serious amounts of food.India doesn't have a shortage of water, but of honesty.Desalinisation is horribly expensive but is likely in India simply because the multinationals building big project can dole out serious bribes.Climate change makes this worse, since politicians instinctively protect the established ways and vested interests and of course officials see oportunities for new bribes.
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