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  • IIT Delhi and Vigyan Vijay Foundation have been implementing a pilot project on Waterless Urinals. The project is supported by Stockholm Environmental Institute and UNICEF. These posters below have been developed as part of that project. The project aims to develop appropriate solutions for scaling-...
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  • S. Vishwanath, Biome (www.biome-solutions.com) ruminates on learnings and new questions raised by those learnings during a recent visit to villages in the Puri district of Orissa, to formulate a joint Arghyam/Water Aid project on drinking water in the villages. Handpumps in coastal Orissa as in this...
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  • Bangalore's sprawling expansion outpaces the public utility's ability to accommodate skyrocketing demand for water and sanitation services, and it is increasingly common for new residential communities to assume total management for their own water and sanitation services through their resident welf...
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  •  After 32 failed attempts to reach consensus on water legislation and a deadly social conflict over water rights, IDRC-supported researchers in Bolivia have helped their country develop a water law that everyone could agree on. The consensus evolved over a period of time with a clear understand...
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  • The Coca-Cola Company is committed to the good health and well being of communities around the world. One vital way that our Company is contributing to communities is through our water stewardship programs. Water, our most critical ingredient, is fast becoming one of the world's most pressing globa...
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  • Chetan Prasad has always believed and advocated self help, DIY solutions using simple technology. Being concerned about the wastage of water in residences and having read and heard about plastic bottles in flush tanks, he realized that another area of wasteful usage of water was at the sink taps, e...
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  • Orans are local micro bio-diversity reserves- community conserved areas (CCAs) harboring the shrine of a local goddess or deity. Also known as Dev-banis, these local forests vary in size from a hundred to five hundred bighas (about hundred hectares). Most Orans have sources of water, either small sp...
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  • Subject: EcosanDuration: 1:20 minsA woman from rural Bangladesh explains the utility of ecosan in a flood prone region. Ecosan being built on raised surface above ground is a more feasible and durable option as compared to conventional toilets with subsurface pits or septic tanks which overspills or...
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  • These trucks with a built in pump suck out septic tanks and pit latrines for a fee of Rs 1300/- ( 33 US $). They do the job cleanly and in 15 minutes. The waste is then deposited at a sewage treatment plant or for farmers to compost and use as fertilizer. A protocol for safe handling of the manure n...
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  • Drop by drop ACCESS & HUL in Base of Pyramid Partnership for Safe Drinking Water for Rural Poor:Yakalakshmi lives in Nekkunda village, Telengana region in Andhra Pradesh with her husband and two children. Though she has water piped to her house by the village panchayat, her entire family fell il...
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  • In Vijaywada a determined effort has been made by the municipality to subsidize individual connection charge for the poor and break this entry barrier which prevents them from accessing piped water. An explanation of the details of the project. Should this be the approach for ensuring water for all?...
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  •  Two simple technologies for water purity: More about H2S Strip test at: http://www.indiawaterportal.org/data/kits/h2s.html .We are building a database of H2S Strip test results: http://www.indiawaterportal.org/h2s
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  •  The above video shows young girls at play and answering questions on rainwater harvesting (Kannada). In this village 40 rainwater tanks of 2500 litre capacity is being built by a unique village to village partnership. Kuruburakunte, the first village has all houses with rainwater tanks. Built ...
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  • This is a photograph of water recharging done around a water source (like borewell). This is being implemented in some primary schools of the area. Sanjay Chauhan, the person behind this initiative says: "I have just excavated the land (1mtr x 1mtr), filled big pieces of bricks up to 10 inches at th...
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  • Due to the heat from the Sun the water in the rivers, lakes and Oceans becomes water vapour. As this hot moist air rises into the sky the temperature gets reduced at 7oC per km height in the sky. and the water vapour condenses over smoke and dust particles to form cloud droplets upto 20 microns[micr...
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  • Just back from a trip home (Chhattisgarh). Enjoyed an extended holiday, a large part of which was spent working! But since work was closely tied with a pleasure trip, had a good time. During the trip, I visited a Tirathgarh village in Bastar district which has been awarded the "Nirmal Gram Puraskar"...
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This story demonstrates how one person through his persistence and dedication can make a huge difference in solving water issues at a village level. A visit to Valni village with Yogesh Aneja ji shows us how local villagers have revived a lake that has transformed the village and helped in solving the long term water scarcity problems of the village, and improved the situation of farmers through increase in production.

Revived lake in Valni

The 200 old revived lake in Valni village, Nagpur

The dire water situation of Valni village and Yogeshji's introduction to the village

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Transparent Chennai, an action research group works on creating and disseminating data on civic issues in Chennai. With an aim to do research that can inform practice, the group believes in bringing change in some form in the ground. The focus of research are as follows: city governance, elected representatives, heritage, Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), public civic spaces, public toilets and sanitation, road transport and public transport, slums and informal settlements and water.

Transparent Chennai had organised a workshop on “Evaluating the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) and preparing for the future” on December 2, 2012 at Dakshinamurthy Auditorium in PS Higher Secondary School, Mylapore, Chennai.

The workshop was organised to:

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This report published by The Hindu focuses on the issues related to the environment, nature, conservation and biodiversity and includes contributions from leading experts who talk about a variety of issues ranging from medicinal plants to shrinking wetlands, the threats to coastal ecosystems, the mining crisis, the dying rivers of India and threats due to urbanisation

The report includes the following articles under separate sections:

Biodiversity
The section on biodiversity includes four articles:

  • Convention on biodiversity: Challenges before India by Balakrishna Pisupati
  • The foundation for a green economy by Kabir Bavikatte
  • Protecting the diversity of medicinal plants and ensuring their sustainable use by B S Somashekhar
  • Why an integrated pollinator policy is necessary by Jhanavi G Pai and M Soubhadra Devy

The articles highlight:

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Megh Pyne Abhiyan, supported by Arghyam, has been working towards self-reliance and access to safe drinking water and secure sanitation, in 22 panchayats of five flood-prone districts of north Bihar. Included below are four briefing papers that describe innovative localised solutions implemented by Megh Pyne Abhiyan to deal with the problems arising out of the recurrent flood situation in the state of Bihar

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A national workshop on ‘Reducing vulnerabilities to climate change and disaster risk through Integrated Water Management ‘ was organised by the United National Development Program (UNDP) at ‘The Claridges’, Aurangzeb Road, New Delhi on 17th December, 2012.It facilitated discussions and interaction among various stakeholders that included bureaucrats, technocrats, experts and NGOs. The seminar participants deliberated on interlinked issues of climate change adaption, disaster risk reduction and water management, and how an integrated approach is required to enhance the adaptive capacities of vulnerable communities.

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National workshop by UNDP at New Delhi (Image courtesy: Sabita Kaushal)

Introduction to Integrated Water Management

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The simultaneous attainment of financial, environmental and social sustainability of urban services is an important requirement of development. Given the huge investments that are being made in the improvement of urban infrastructure and services in India, it is of the utmost importance that these investments are made in a manner that brings about the greatest good of the greatest number in a sustainable manner. Within urban infrastructure the supply of water and its disposal after use in cities has become one of the most problematic aspects of planning and management.

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Slum area in Indore 

Image courtesy: http://www.ugo.cn/photo/nn/pt/48743.htm

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India is the open defecation capital of the world, where people have more mobile phones then toilets, having easy access to banks as compared to toilets. Open defecation is a big concern and a big issue to be addressed which still is not that touched upon subject among the community. As people here do not wants to talk about this issue. People in many part of the villages here make there homes without the toilets as they don’t see any use of it even if they have money to build it, instead of this they go out and defecate in the open , without knowing the ill effects and consequences of it on their health and environment.

With the main objective of creating awareness among the community about the importance of education, open defecation and clean water, HEEALS, a non-profit organization, has collaborated with students from the Central School of Speech and Drama (CSSD), University Of London, to use Applied Theatre as an unconventional and proactive tool to increase awareness among school children in villages and urban slums in Gurgaon and the Delhi NCR region.

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In the times when tapped water supply is considered an absolute sign of development, the traditional water harvesting systems are losing their age-old relevance. This is why the Lakholaav pond in Rajasthan assumes greater significance. Located at Marwar Mundwa town in Nagaur district, Lakholaav is an exception. As ponds in other towns have shrunk due to encroachments and dumping of garbage, Lakholaav is providing drinking water to the town the whole year round. Citizens as well as the municipal committee take utmost care ensuring cleanliness and efficient management.

“According to a folk tale, the pond was developed by Lakha Banjara, a nomad trader whose tribe used to stay put in the area on its way to bigger cities. Since water is not easily available in Rajasthan, nomadic tribes like that of Lakha Banjara used to dig such ponds on their travel routes, which could also be used by the locals,” says Girdhari Singh, who belongs to Mundwa and works with community on traditional water harvesting techniques in Jaisalmer district.

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This document includes the performance of each state in rural water supply and sanitation during eleventh five year plan. It includes data on coverage, uses, status in the villages. It also provides data on proposed investment in the sector in twelfth five year plan. It also discusses the various programmes implemented and their outcomes in the 11th plan.

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A paper modelling the saline water intrusion in the Bardez taluk of Goa. The paper has many maps and data for this geographical area. These include topographic contours, soil, landuse, rainfall, geology, location of observation wells etc. It has data on rainfall of Panaji, location and water levels in observatory wells. It also has water quality data of groundwater for the study area.

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