Mumbai can save 150% more water by drinking tea without sugar for a day than can be saved by banning a season of IPL in three Maharashtra stadia, IndiaSpend calculations reveal. The Bombay High Court suggested that the BCCI reconsider its decision to hold IPL matches in Maharashtra because of a widespread drought but refused to stay the first match. Maharashtra’s three stadia – at Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur – would use 6m litres of water for the 20 matches, according to the petitioner.
While this seems like a lot of water, there are more effective ways of saving water than not watering cricket grounds, if we use the concept of embedded water – the water used in production of a product. Agriculture consumes almost 85% of water consumed in India, according to the India Infrastructure Report 2011. We consume water for drinking, bathing, cooking and even washing cars, but we consume much more water through food. This is because large quantities of water are used to grow and process that food.