S M Sehgal Foundation

A workshop highlights the need to give a boost to affordable household water treatment and storage technologies.

India has the most people in the world without access to safe drinking water (133.9 million). Many studies indicate that poor and marginalized populations are the worst affected from waterborne diseases resulting from the consumption of contaminated water. The issue warrants urgent attention as each year over 140,000 children under age five die from diarrheal diseases alone.

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For Har Ghar Nal Ka Jal to succeed, the state needs to look at water harvesting to augment groundwater availability.

Water is a precious natural resource that ensures human well-being. However, across the globe there is a severe water crisis, which is heightened by issues of inaccessibility and contamination.

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This article provides the details of the National Conference on Women-led Water Management organised by IRRAD in partnership with UNICEF India

Nearly 70% of India’s 1.2 billion people live in rural areas, many of which face unprecedented water shortages. The job of providing water for the household invariably falls on women, often at the expense of their education, income earning opportunities, social and cultural and political involvement. Although women literally carry water, they are often left out of the decision making process about community water management.

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Patkhori is a village in Mewat District, Haryana, having 646 households and a population of 4000 (IRRAD Demographic Survey 2009).


Community water tankCommunity water tank

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S.M. Sehgal Foundation has been recognized as a winner of the 3rd National Ground Water Augmentation Award-2009 on the occasion of World Water Day 2011

The award, instituted by the Ministry of Water Resources, Government of India, is given for “innovative practices of groundwater augmentation through rainwater harvesting and artificial recharge.” The award to S.M. Sehgal Foundation comes under the category of Best NGO, Northern zone (covering Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal and Chandigarh). Shri Salman Khurshid, Minister of Water Resources presented the award today at a banquet held at NASC Complex, Pusa, New Delhi.

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