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  • Bursting of glacial lakes is a major cause of concern in the context of climate change. The retreat of glaciers is expected to increase the number of glacial lakes and also expand the size of existing ones, posing threats for catastrophic floods. For preventing such events, precise and timely mappin...
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  • ACWADAM has begun running a fifteen-day training programme on basic hydrogeology or groundwater science, for professionals from Civil Society Organisations or NGOs. The training is not intended to be a ‘stand alone exercise’ in capacity building, but will be followed by ACWADAM&nb...
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  • On October 22, 35-year-old Lallu Yadav was celebrating Govardhan Pooja, a Hindu festival celebrated after Diwali, in Panchkurha village, almost 22 kms from the district headquarters of Hamirpur in Uttar Pradesh. The men of the village including Yadav have been doing the Deewari dance for five consec...
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  • In the early hours, the villagers of Khalabari, a tribal-dominated village in the Dumuripadar gram panchayat of Koraput district in Odisha step out of their houses for bringing wood and drinking water. The road to the forest where the water is available is rocky. Both women and men walk a few kilome...
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  • Restructuring of National Rural Drinking Water Programme approved The union cabinet has approved the continuation and restructuring of the National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP). The aim of the move is to make the programme outcome-based, competitive and better monitored with an increased ...
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  • Yet again, North India shrouded in heavy smog Delhi and parts of north India are once again enveloped in heavy toxic smog, thanks to crop burning in Punjab. Taking note of the crisis, the National Green Tribunal has rapped the state governments concerned and has instructed them to ta...
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  • In Solapur, Maharashtra, water quality of tap supply is (with reference to BIS 10500): Turbidity 0.32 pH 7.62 Chlorides 168.0 Nitrates 2.41 Total hardness 340 Alkalinity (as CaCO3) 322 TDS 714 Iron 0.06 Fluoride 0.46   Normally RO filters are being used but it is wasting lot of water...
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  • About the programme:  The Masters of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programme aims to train students for a career in WASH mostly dealing with planning, implementation and management aspects of community led WASH programme. The study of WASH, involves the larger study of the conditions th...
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  • States freeze payments to MGNREGA workers As per the official data, 19 states have frozen payments under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). The NREGA Sangharsh Morcha, a network of grassroots organisations, has informed that over 92 million active workers may not ...
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  • Reuse of wastewater becomes mandatory in Maharashtra Maharashtra government has adopted a new policy that makes municipalities responsible for recycling wastewater and reusing treated wastewater to cool thermal power plants, serve industrial estates, and for other non-potable purposes. The governme...
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  • The theme for the Conclave this year is “Water Use Efficiency: An Imperative for India” to highlight the imperative of water use efficiency in the industry, agriculture and urban contexts.  The Indian economy at present is struggling with excessive population growth and changing water reso...
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  • Chennai, which, of late has been experiencing urban flooding often, is all set to get a comprehensive flood warning system being developed by several national agencies and institutions. The project is being implemented under the supervision of a high powered committee led by former secretary of Min...
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  • Disaster management authorities are all set to get a new tool to handle tsunamis. They will be able to know how far the waves will move into the land at different places along the Indian coast. This will mark a significant jump from the present forecasting system which can only indicate the time of ...
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  • Dear Sir, I live near Kosasthalaiyar river in Thirukandalam, Tiruvallur district. A check dam was built in the river with low quality material and the dam could not stand even a single flood during December 2015. The check dam has not been fixed by the concerned departments and is still not rebuild...
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  • In December of 2015, when Chennai was flooded and people were marooned, a team of scientists from Anna University was collecting groundwater samples along the Adyar river to investigate if the groundwater in this region was fit for human consumption.  Researchers collected water samples from 1...
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  • I am working on a project focusing on Agriculture Water Pollution and exploring the policy gaps. Please provide help by sending me the link to articles or websites about Indian status, policies or the best/successful practices adopted to address the issue. Also, if anyone know the person/institution...
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  • “Earlier, I'd wait till sunset to answer nature's call. In the morning, I'd wait for others to return from the fields so I could go. Quite often, I had to miss school for this very reason. And I'm grown up now; so having a toilet in the house has become a must," says class IX student Jyoti Gaud, a...
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  • Pearl farmer Sanjay Gandate (33) was waiting for my arrival at his house in Pardi Kupi in the Naxal-affected Gadchiroli district in Maharashtra. I had missed my early morning bus to Pardi Kupi and took an autorickshaw instead to reach the village. Sanjay greeted me and took me to Wain...
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  • About the Organisation:  Arghyam is an Indian public charitable foundation setup in 2001 with a personal endowment from Rohini Nilekani with a vision to ‘Safe, Sustainable Water for All’. Arghyam’s focus is exclusively on addressing the single biggest challenge India is facing today whic...
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  • Norms relaxed to allow thermal power plants to use more water The environment ministry has allowed thermal power plants to use up to three cubic metres of water per megawatt-hour as against the earlier cap of 2.5 cubic metres per megawatt-hour. The new rule will allow the thermal power plants to co...
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A new method has been developed by researchers to map and monitor glacial lakes.

Bursting of glacial lakes is a major cause of concern in the context of climate change. The retreat of glaciers is expected to increase the number of glacial lakes and also expand the size of existing ones, posing threats for catastrophic floods. For preventing such events, precise and timely mapping and monitoring of glacial lakes are necessary. 

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ACWADAM has begun running a fifteen-day training programme on basic hydrogeology or groundwater science, for professionals from Civil Society Organisations or NGOs. The training is not intended to be a ‘stand alone exercise’ in capacity building, but will be followed by ACWADAM providing facilitation to promising trainee organizations in their respective field areas.

January 15, 2018 9:00AM - January 31, 2018 6:00PM

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Recurrent droughts have left the Bundelkhand region in abject misery. While some farmers are adapting by digging ponds and changing crops, others are leaving for cities or committing suicide.

On October 22, 35-year-old Lallu Yadav was celebrating Govardhan Pooja, a Hindu festival celebrated after Diwali, in Panchkurha village, almost 22 kms from the district headquarters of Hamirpur in Uttar Pradesh. The men of the village including Yadav have been doing the Deewari dance for five consecutive days--going door to door, beating country-made goat-skin dhols with wooden sticks. The villagers believe that Deewari dance appeases the rain god.

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The villagers of Khalabari are hopeful that the overhead tank being built in the village would make drinking water easily accessible to them.

In the early hours, the villagers of Khalabari, a tribal-dominated village in the Dumuripadar gram panchayat of Koraput district in Odisha step out of their houses for bringing wood and drinking water. The road to the forest where the water is available is rocky. Both women and men walk a few kilometres on the harsh terrain to bring essential commodities needed for their survival. Khalabari, with a population of 186, has 45 households. 

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Restructuring of National Rural Drinking Water Programme approved

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Yet again, North India shrouded in heavy smog

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In Solapur, Maharashtra, water quality of tap supply is (with reference to BIS 10500):

Turbidity 0.32
pH 7.62
Chlorides 168.0
Nitrates 2.41
Total hardness 340
Alkalinity (as CaCO3) 322
TDS 714
Iron 0.06
Fluoride 0.46
 
Normally RO filters are being used but it is wasting lot of water, please suggest a suitable method that makes the water potable without wasting it. Thanks

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States freeze payments to MGNREGA workers

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Reuse of wastewater becomes mandatory in Maharashtra

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