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Microcredit for sanitation: A quiet revolution
This paper documents one of the unique microcredit projects of UNICEF in three blocks of Erode district in Tamil Nadu. MYRADA, an NGO, has supported the formation of federations that use the fund from UNICEF not as a grant but as a revolving fund for constructing toilets in the houses of the federation members. 
Prarthana Vishal  posted 2 years 6 months ago
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Commonly erected structures for soil and water conservation: Experiences of MYRADA
The first step to sustainable agriculture is soil and water conservation. Drylands are more prone to erosion since they are devoid of vegetative cover for longer periods of time. 
Prarthana Vishal  posted 2 years 6 months ago
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31% of Bangalore's groundwater not drinkable
"Growing garbage menace ups nitrate content in lakes", said a recent headline in the Deccan Herald that highlighted a study conducted by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) on illegal dumping sites situated near water bodies in Bangalore.
Prarthana Vishal  posted 2 years 7 months ago
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): Equipments used to measure water quality and quantity
This FAQ is a compilation of basic information about a few different equipment that are helpful in measuring water quality and quantity. It gives a brief description of the instruments and explains their usage and principles. In some cases, it also gives details on how to make them at home using simple materials. The instruments discussed include
Prarthana Vishal  posted 2 years 8 months ago
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The way ahead to reviving the Ganga
Scene one, pertaining to promises to clean and revive the Ganga is over. The country is now watching the more complex and challenging scene two unfold. The challenge is for those who are directly involved in fulfilling the promise made by India's fifteenth Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.
Prarthana Vishal  posted 2 years 8 months ago
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What is your water footprint?
“When the well is dry, we know the worth of water.” ― Benjamin Franklin
Prarthana Vishal  posted 2 years 8 months ago
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - Packaged drinking water and mineral water
The following questions help users understand what goes into setting up a packaged drinking water and mineral water plant. 
Prarthana Vishal  posted 2 years 10 months ago
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These bacteria are good!
71% of earth’s surface is covered with water found in rivers, lakes and oceans. Due to massive urbanization and industrialization, these resources are often polluted with garbage and industrial waste among other things. There are several ways of cleaning this wastewater. One such method is bioaugmentation.
Prarthana Vishal  posted 2 years 10 months ago
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Politics of water at the Third pole
The very large storage of ice in the Himalaya, only less than those in the two poles of the Earth, has given the Himalayan region another name - The Third Pole of the Earth . The snow and ice melt flows in the rivers and improves their perennial character. These perennial Himalayan rivers, namely Brahmaputra, Ganges and Indus are the main sources of water in South Asia.
Prarthana Vishal  posted 2 years 11 months ago
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A costly 200 km journey from source to tap
In July 2012, the Government of Karnataka approved the Yettinahole Diversion Project (YDP), which will cost an estimated Rs. 12,912.36 crore. This project is set to divert the head waters of the Gundia River (a tributary of the Kumardhara, which is a tributary of the Netravathi) in the west and transfer it to eastern parts of the state.
Prarthana Vishal  posted 2 years 11 months ago
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Water fables from around the world
Children love bedtime stories. Fairy tales about kings, princesses, ogres and other magical creatures. For a change, what if we could tell them stories to make them aware of pressing issues that we are faced with. Like water, for example. 'Water Stories from Around the World' is one such compilation. It is a neat mix of stories with simple messages on conserving, using and respecting water.
Prarthana Vishal  posted 2 years 11 months ago
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - Solid Waste Management
This is a simple guide to individuals on handling the household waste that they generate. It has two parts:
Prarthana Vishal  posted 2 years 11 months ago
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Rainwater Harvesting: A practical solution to solve water woes
The book contains a few pieces on rainwater harvesting by Shree Padre edited by C. K. SujithKumar and published as a book. A practical guide for rainwater harvesting, the book very clearly highlights the necessity for conservation of water. It explains the causes for drought and decline of water table.
Prarthana Vishal  posted 3 years 3 days ago
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Baravanne Manisida Mallanna: A case of successful farming even during drought
This book talks about the practise of soil and water conservation adopted by Dr. Mallanna in Bagalkote. Bagalkote is a district in northern Karnataka, which is known for scanty rainfall. 
Prarthana Vishal  posted 3 years 3 days ago
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The forgotten Madakas of southern India
Madakas are manmade structures for storing rainwater that was abundantly prevalent in Kasargod District of Kerala. Pallas on the contrary, were similar structures but not man made. Pallas and Madakas met the water requirements of the settlements around these structures. 
Prarthana Vishal  posted 3 years 3 days ago
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Gujaratina neera tijori: Taankaa
Rainwater harvesting is not a new science in India. There are several traditional practices across the country where rainwater was stored safely and used in times of need. One such example is the 'Taankaa' system in Gujarat.
Prarthana Vishal  posted 3 years 3 days ago
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Matte Roopararel Battalilla: Learning from Rajasthan
It is an astonishing thing to see the five rivers of Alwar in Rajasthan flowing for more than 6-8 months in a year. This is no miracle though. It is the result of a decade-long effort by Jal Jungle Andolan lead by Dr. Rajendra Singh. 
Prarthana Vishal  posted 3 years 3 days ago
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Talaparige: The pride of Tumkur, Karnataka
'Talaparige' is a well known traditional source of water in Tumkur region in Karnataka. These are also seen in Kolar, Bellary and Chitradurga districts of Karnataka. So far, there has been no exhaustive documentation about this source of water.
Prarthana Vishal  posted 3 years 3 days ago
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Rainwater and You: 100 ways to use rainwater
Rainwater and You: contains ideas that anyone can use anywhere gives essential details about hte background of rainwater utilisation in urban, rural and islands gives designs for rainwater utilisation systems and points of maintenance gives examples of actual uses in individual homes, large buildings and community facilities  
Prarthana Vishal  posted 3 years 3 days ago

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