Floods, drinking water contamination, mining and waterbodies, water bills, water conflicts - News roundup (1-7 August 2010)

Floods: lessons to be learnt from the massive flooding in Surat city

A report by IIM criticises the way in which dams are managed in the country and calls for the need to apply Management Science / Operations Research techniques and information technology to improve dam management and prevention of floods

Flood fury: are we ready to face such an event?

Urban water

Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) , Pune, Maharashtra will implement an advanced system to monitor its entire water supply

The city of Delhi is facing an increasing water crisis due to  a gradual fall in ground water levels 

Water quality

Reports from different parts of the country such as Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai, Kanpur, Varanasi, Adilabad indicate deterioration in water quality and contamination of drinking water due to sewage, making it unfit for drinking and presenting a major public health hazard

Water management

With a view to increase "water usage efficiency" and reduce excessive dependence on monsoon in the country, scientists have developed indigenous, cost-effective rubber dams from rubber fabric composite sheet for watersheds.

The State Government of Uttarakhand proposes to construct several hydro electric projects across the river Ganges and its tributaries.

Mining and water bodies

Mining in Sundargarh district Orissa: a threat to the state's tallest water fall

Goa's 300-odd mining leases in the state: a threat to the waterbodies in the proximity

Water bills

The Delhi Jal Board’s (DJB) offer of a 15 per cent rebate on the water bill to government institutions and schools for initiating green measures fails to take off

The leniency shown by the Municipal Corporation towards payment defaulters is one of the causes for non-payment of water bills in Chandigarh

The city residents in Chandigarh will have to shell out more money for water consumption in the coming days

Jaipur: Cash-strapped JMC could well earn up to Rs 4 lakh per month by selling treated water from its several sewerage treatment plants (STPs) across the city

Water and health

Overflowing gutters due to incessant rains pose a threat to health

Water conflicts

Conflicts between Haryana and Punjab over water if not resolved early can have serious consequences for Haryana, leading to a food crisis in Haryana