Round up of news for the week ending 26th July 2010 : Heavy rain causes trouble in parts of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan

Rain in several parts of Rajasthan eases the impending crisis in Jaipur. The main supply dam receives some water. In parts of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan heavy rains cause trouble

Urban Water:

Every new domestic tubewell in Ludhiana needs a NOC, and new non-domestic tubewells are banned.

The story of water meters and 24 by 7 water in Pune:

Laser mapping reveals flood hotspots in Chennai city:

Rural Water:

Government planning TV channel (and Kaun Banega Crorepati!) for rural masses:

In Anantapur district, digging new borewells banned in 964 villages where groundwater is depleted

A story of the evolution of some rural drinking water projects in West Bengal. Interesting points include:

-- how some parts of a financially unsustainable earlier project were carried forward and incorporated into later work

-- training of village women to take care of the tubewell

-- collection of money from households to pay for regular water quality testing