Monday, 25 September 2017

Inquiry Topic: India and New Zealand, and Water

In New Zealand we get our water to our homes through pipes and it comes out of the taps in our kitchens, bathrooms, laundries and into our toilets.  Some of us also have taps in our gardens and backyards.  Sometimes we attach a hose to the outdoor tap to get water to our plants in our gardens.  If we don't have a hose we use a bucket to carry water for our garden.  In India many people have to carry water in buckets or large jugs to their homes from  wells or rivers.  

In general, our water supply in New Zealand is safe to drink after it has been treated by chemicals to clean it.  Whereas, in India people still die from diseases because they have to drink dirty water.  

In India engineers are building new reservoirs and putting in pipes to give people clean water to drink in and near their homes.  This is so they don't have to go to the well or river every time they need water.

The Ganges River:
The Ganges River is a large river in India.  It has has more than 400 million people that depend upon it for food, water, and to run factories.  The Ganges River is sacred to Hindus all over the world.  The Ganges is known as Ganga Ma meaning the Mother Ganges with thousands of people going to worship it every day.  

The Waikato River:
The Waikato River is a large river near to our city in New Zealand.  It is not as big as the Ganges River but it is sacred to Tangagatawhenua, the first people of New Zealand known as Maori.  Our water, in Auckland, comes from it and it is an important source of water for our farmers.

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