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  •  Dear All, The Water and Sanitation Channel on youtube- https://www.youtube.com/user/zenrainman- reached a landmark today with the number of videos uploaded reaching the 300 mark. This has been an initiative to document and highlight efforts ongoing in such fields as rainwater harvesting, eco-s...
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  • The advantage of aerobic rice explained. Arghyam (http://www.arghyam.org) supports this initiative through a student grant support. The project is lead by Prof. Shashidhar Reddy with a grant from the Rockefeller foundation. The student receives a small grant from the Krishi Vidya Nirantara to suppor...
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  • As ground water levels decline in India, Persian Wheels cannot reach the water to draw them out from open wells. One such Persian wheel stands forlorn and frustrated as the water table has dipped in Kolar, Karnataka India. This wheel has worked for the last 80 years and 2007 was the first time that ...
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  • A slow sand filter built with Japanese aid is running out of use because the community cannot repair the broken pump. Can we help organize the community to take charge of its asset?! Kaput- the decline and fall of development aid
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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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  • There is a spurt of gastro-enteritis in the city today. Residents think that it is the contaminated mains supply from the BWSSB that is the source of the gastroenteritis. The Bangalore water supply and Sewerage Board thinks it is water bought by residents from the private water tankers that is the c...
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  • What exactly is a Persian wheel? Also known as Rahat (in Urdu), it's a simple water lifting device, where a number of small pots are attached to a long chain. Two gear wheels make up the system and as the first one is revolved, the pots each dip and swallow water from the well and soon after pour...
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  •  Two simple technologies for water purity: More about H2S Strip test at: https://www.indiawaterportal.org/data/kits/h2s.html .We are building a database of H2S Strip test results: https://www.indiawaterportal.org/h2s
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  • As the Indian economy grows at a rapid 9 per cent, the use of water by industries will also grow at 9 per cent. While agricultural use of water will continue to remain the largest consumer, it is expected that the demand from industries will show a rapid increase. Industries demand water at a point...
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  •  In the top photo a Kolkata Municipal Corporation water tanker is delivering water in the pouring rain. "Why have we set up our water management so that we need to deliver water, even while it is pouring", he wonders. The next set of photos show a clogged stormwater drain. A municipal worker cl...
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A brief on the various videos on water and sanitation available on YouTube

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Dear All, The Water and Sanitation Channel on youtube- https://www.youtube.com/user/zenrainman- reached a landmark today with the number of videos uploaded reaching the 300 mark. This has been an initiative to document and highlight efforts ongoing in such fields as rainwater harvesting, eco-san, grey-water reuse, groundwater recharge , ecological flows in rivers and such allied issues. It has now hit a steady view rate of 400 a day and has overall been viewed nearly 200,000 times . It is the 20th most viewed ALL time channel from India in the Reporters section and the 20th most subscribed in the Reporters section ( with such other eminent channels ahead such as bodybuilding and punjabi cute boy :) ) The latest video uploaded is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEwiG9tAacs&feature=channel_page on the Chalakudy river in Kerala and to understand the construct and imagination of a river in modern times. One of the most popular videos has been on the guppy fish and it has a young audience to thank that for https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7V76FcL2QQ&feature=channel_page The channel has been the first to highlight such technologies and efforts as

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Videoblogging from S.Vishwanath of the Rainwater Club - Water Efficient Aerobic Rice

The advantage of aerobic rice explained. Arghyam (http://www.arghyam.org) supports this initiative through a student grant support. The project is lead by Prof. Shashidhar Reddy with a grant from the Rockefeller foundation. The student receives a small grant from the Krishi Vidya Nirantara to support his thesis work under Prof Shashidhar Reddy. Aerobic rice - Water efficient and productive Part Deux

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Videoblogging from S.Vishwanath of the Rainwater Club

As ground water levels decline in India, Persian Wheels cannot reach the water to draw them out from open wells. One such Persian wheel stands forlorn and frustrated as the water table has dipped in Kolar, Karnataka India. This wheel has worked for the last 80 years and 2007 was the first time that the water table fell and the wheel could not work for the day. A nearby open well which draws copious water with an electric pump is suspected of causing the dip.

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Videoblogging from S.Vishwanath of the Rainwater Club

A slow sand filter built with Japanese aid is running out of use because the community cannot repair the broken pump. Can we help organize the community to take charge of its asset?! Kaput- the decline and fall of development aid

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Videoblogging from S.Vishwanath of the Rainwater Club

Subject: Ecosan

Duration: 1:20 mins

A 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 collapses during floods. Ecosan toilets have been functioning for the last two years in this part of rural Bangladesh.

Ecosan in Bangladesh

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S.Vishwanath on the recent incidence of gastro-enteritis due to possibly sewage contaminated water in Bangalore

There is a spurt of gastro-enteritis in the city today. Residents think that it is the contaminated mains supply from the BWSSB that is the source of the gastroenteritis. The Bangalore water supply and Sewerage Board thinks it is water bought by residents from the private water tankers that is the cause but then seems to change its mind. An Engineer has been suspended for carelessness and the residents are demonstrating in front of the Head Office of the service provider the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board.

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S.Vishwanath and Amitangshu Acharya document their visit to one of the last extant Persian wheels in the Kolar District of Karnataka

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What exactly is a Persian wheel? Also known as Rahat (in Urdu), it's a simple water lifting device, where a number of small pots are attached to a long chain. Two gear wheels make up the system and as the first one is revolved, the pots each dip and swallow water from the well and soon after pours itself out to a metallic shaft which in turns empties into an intricate network of troughs that distributes water adequately through the cropped area. It is believed that the technology originated in Egypt and as world shrunk through extensive trading, it spread to India and China.

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H2S Strip test and SODIS for testing water purity

 

Two simple technologies for water purity:

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S.Vishwanath, who was on the jury panel, reports on the National Award for Excellence in Water Management 2007, competition organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry.


As the Indian economy grows at a rapid 9 per cent, the use of water by industries will also grow at 9 per cent. While agricultural use of water will continue to remain the largest consumer, it is expected that the demand from industries will show a rapid increase. Industries demand water at a point and also discharge water at a point and therefore sustainable management of water by industries is not only crucial to the industry itself but to the neighbourhood where the ind ustry is located. The Confederation of Indian Industries , CII , recently organised its National Award for Excellence in Water Management 2007 competition in the Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre in Hyderabad (http://www.ciionline.org/, www.ciigbc.org) . A range of industries participated in the competition organised in two categories - 'Within the fence' and 'Beyond the fence'. The way many industries highlighted their projects was an indication on how serious they consider the management of water resources. That it is identified as one of the key resources, apart from energy to be looked at as a critical input for sustaining growth, doesn't come as a surprise. Source to sink

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A silent worker clearing the drain in Kolkata

 

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