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  • Supreme Court reduces quantum of water allocated to Tamil Nadu in Cauvery verdict The Supreme Court has finally delivered its verdict on the long-standing Cauvery water sharing dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The SC has reduced the quantum of water allocated to Tamil Nadu--Karnataka will ...
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  • Centre to fast track Atal Bhujal Yojana to help manage groundwater efficiently  In order to manage water resources efficiently and strengthen groundwater recharge, the government has decided to fast-track Atal Bhujal Yojana conceived at a cost of Rs 6000 crore. The Central Ground Wat...
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  • FREEWAT (FREE and open source software tools for WATer resource management) is a HORIZON 2020 project financed by the EU Commission under the call WATER INNOVATION: BOOSTING ITS VALUE FOR EUROPE. FREEWAT's main result is an open source and public domain GIS integrated modelling environment (the FREE...
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  • Every year, thousands of villages in Maharashtra get affected by droughts. Experts say that the reasons for recurrent droughts include a lack of policy framework, technical knowledge and community participation as well as poor implementation of government programmes. Until 1970, the residents of Ka...
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  • After several failed attempts at retrieving a stuck bore pump from 360 feet in a bore well, our mechanic poured 3kg of washing soap powder into the borewell to ease out the retrieval process as a last option. Finally, we did not succeed in retrieving the pump. During drilling, first water source fou...
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  • Water is a crucial part of all societies as it has myriad uses. In India, however, it is of much more importance as over 600 million people make a living off the land. They rely on the monsoon to replenish their water sources and the unpredictable nature of rain leaves them vulnerable. Even today, t...
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  • Hi, We have drilled a bore well 8 months back, which is around 480 ft deep, but we did not install a pump set because of loose soil till 200 ft. To put a casing till 200 ft would have been expensive. This week, we did a video scanning of the bore well and noticed a blockage at 240 ft,  but the...
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  • India has long undervalued one of its most precious resources—water. Today the country’s chronic mismanagement of water has led to drought in nearly 2,00,000 villages. According to the World Bank data, Indian farmers use almost 70 percent of the total groundwater that is drawn in the country eac...
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  • One of the major causes of deterioration of water quality is the increase in overall salinity. Total hardness and the presence of materials like fluoride, nitrate, iron, arsenic, and toxic metal ions determine salinity levels in groundwater. With the demand for groundwater growing rapidly, its explo...
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  • Sir, My neighbour has dug an open well in their property. They found a rock after digging 7 meters deep and they have been blasting near the side of the well three or four times, without our permission. We also tried to stop them. Could you please suggest suitable methods for removing the rock and ...
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  • River Mahakali snakes its way through the hills and valleys of Nepal and Uttaranchal, collecting its water from the numerous streams it receives on the way. Also known as Sharda in India, the river forms the international boundary between India and Nepal. The river has, of late, become a cause of di...
    Amita Bhaduriposted 1 week 16 hours agoread more
  • Delhi to take Haryana to court over increased ammonia levels in River Yamuna Following the sub-optimal functioning of water-treatment plants, the Delhi government has decided to take Haryana to court over high ammonia levels in the Yamuna. The issue has cropped up six times over the last two months...
    seetha@indiawat...posted 1 week 1 day agoread more
  • Union environment ministry to come up with policy to manage landfill sites in Delhi The Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change is holding consultations with stakeholders to come up with a policy to manage the landfills in and around the national capital. With over 14,00...
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  • As part of Bonjour India 2017-2018, the four-months-long, ongoing Indo-French journey celebrating the Indo-French partnership, water-related issues are being highlighted through research, art and debates in cities like Jaipur, Bengaluru, New Delhi, Pondicherry and Kolkata. Encompassi...
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  • I have open well in my farm. We are digging it further. We found a spring in the well but I suspect we lost it after blasting in the well. Have we lost the spring permanently???
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  • Hello Sir, I want to set up water bottling plan in Shrivardhan district. Could you please advise on the equipment needed for setting up the plant? Nitin Darge E mail: nitindarge1604@gmail.com  
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  • I'm planning to dig a borewell in my hometown (Dindigul, Tamilnadu). Our earlier 2 attempts failed. Since my place is a drought area and nearby borewells are more than 1000ft, I would like to know anyone who can help us to find the correct spot of water source with 100% accuracy. I do not believe in...
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  • The beautiful city of Kolkata had another first to its credit when the much anticipated floating market was inaugurated on January 24 by the chief minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee. Modelled like Bangkok’s floating market, it is set up at a whopping cost of around Rs 10 crore by the Kolkata...
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  • SuSanA (Sustainable Sanitation Alliance) is an informal network of people and organisations who share a common vision on sustainable sanitation and who want to contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular SDG6. SuSanA came into existence in early 2007. Since then, it has...
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Centre to fast track Atal Bhujal Yojana to help manage groundwater efficiently 

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FREEWAT is an open source and public domain GIS integrated modelling environment (the FREEWAT platform) for the simulation of water quantity and quality in surface water and groundwater

FREEWAT (FREE and open source software tools for WATer resource management) is a HORIZON 2020 project financed by the EU Commission under the call WATER INNOVATION: BOOSTING ITS VALUE FOR EUROPE. FREEWAT's main result is an open source and public domain GIS integrated modelling environment (the FREEWAT platform) for the simulation of water quantity and quality in surface water and groundwater with an integrated water management and planning module.

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The video tells us the success story of Kakaddara village that won the Satyamev Jayate Water Cup-2017 by efficiently managing its water.

Every year, thousands of villages in Maharashtra get affected by droughts. Experts say that the reasons for recurrent droughts include a lack of policy framework, technical knowledge and community participation as well as poor implementation of government programmes.

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After several failed attempts at retrieving a stuck bore pump from 360 feet in a bore well, our mechanic poured 3kg of washing soap powder into the borewell to ease out the retrieval process as a last option. Finally, we did not succeed in retrieving the pump. During drilling, first water source found at 150 feet and we were stuck after this and were unable to pass from this depth. Our rope, hose and wires were all broken during the retrieval. Now we are lifting water from 150 feet with an air compressor lifting method.

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As the country runs out of water fast, India needs to change its game for sustenance. Replacing water-intensive crops with sustainable ones in dry areas is a step in the right direction.

Water is a crucial part of all societies as it has myriad uses. In India, however, it is of much more importance as over 600 million people make a living off the land. They rely on the monsoon to replenish their water sources and the unpredictable nature of rain leaves them vulnerable. Even today, the country breaks out in a cold sweat every time the south-west monsoon is delayed.

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Hi,

We have drilled a bore well 8 months back, which is around 480 ft deep, but we did not install a pump set because of loose soil till 200 ft. To put a casing till 200 ft would have been expensive. This week, we did a video scanning of the bore well and noticed a blockage at 240 ft,  but there is water in the bore well from 55 ft as per the video. We are now confused whether to install pump set til 200 ft or just leave it.

We need suggestion from experts to take decision. Seniors, could you please respond.

Mohandas 9886404579

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With government support, traditional water harvesting systems could be revived, upgraded and productively combined with modern techniques.

India has long undervalued one of its most precious resources—water. Today the country’s chronic mismanagement of water has led to drought in nearly 2,00,000 villages. According to the World Bank data, Indian farmers use almost 70 percent of the total groundwater that is drawn in the country each year. Shockingly, India uses more groundwater annually than China and the United States combined. Due to this massive overuse, groundwater levels are being depleted all over the country by an average of 0.3 metres per year.

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An innovative project makes rainwater harvesting easier and more effective in certain areas of Mewat village with increased groundwater salinity.

One of the major causes of deterioration of water quality is the increase in overall salinity. Total hardness and the presence of materials like fluoride, nitrate, iron, arsenic, and toxic metal ions determine salinity levels in groundwater. With the demand for groundwater growing rapidly, its exploitation is also accelerating which causes depletion. Depletion of groundwater changes the flow (both direction and velocity) of the groundwater which may cause the inflow of polluted water into the freshwater aquifer from surrounding areas.

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Sir,

My neighbour has dug an open well in their property. They found a rock after digging 7 meters deep and they have been blasting near the side of the well three or four times, without our permission. We also tried to stop them. Could you please suggest suitable methods for removing the rock and getting water from the open well? What are the approved rules in this case?

Location: Nedumbassery Panchayath, Near Vidhyadhiraja School, Angamaly, Kerala

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