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His mission to fix leaky taps has saved millions of gallons of water

Aabid Surti was irked when he saw water wasted by dripping taps. Now he’s visited 13,000 homes in the suburbs of Mumbai to fix leaks.

Courtesy of Aalif Surti

Many words have been used to describe Aabid Surti over the years. Writer, artist, cartoonist. Humble, soft-spoken, energetic. But few would have expected conservationist or environmentalist to be added to the list. Especially not when Mr. Surti was in his 70s. But the Drop Dead Foundation (DDF), a nonprofit run by him, has in the past nine years managed to save millions of gallons of water in the Mira Road-Bhayander suburbs of Mumbai. How? By fixing leaky taps.

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