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India batsman Tendulkar saves water with bucket baths

By Prachi Pinglay
BBC News, Mumbai

Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar laughs during a practice session in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009
Tendulkar may now look forward to bucket baths after a tiring match

India's star batsman, Sachin Tendulkar, says he has renounced showers in favour of "bucket baths" to help save water in Mumbai (Bombay).

A bucket bath is simply a bucket of water and a mug to wash oneself with. It uses much less water than a shower.

The international cricketer has made a short film urging the people of Mumbai to save water.

Mumbai has been facing severe water shortages and cuts of up to 30% have been imposed in most parts of the city.

The cricketer says his entire family has switched to bucket baths in an effort to save water. The 30-second film is expected to be aired in the coming weeks.

Water riots

Officials say that with Sachin Tendulkar starring in the film, its impact will be much greater.

A shower is said to consume more water than any other daily action.

Resorting to bucket baths and stored water is a way of life for residents in many areas, as water is supplied for only a couple of hours each day.

Monsoon rainfall has not been sufficient to resolve the shortage and the water cuts are expected to continue until June or July.

Mumbai has a daily requirement of 4,200m litres of water, but is suffering a shortfall of about 800m litres.

In recent months the shortage has sparked violent demonstrations by Mumbai residents.

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