Steep fall in water table worries Tamil Nadu

Steep fall in water table worries Tamil Nadu

Ground water level has fallen sharply even in Coimbatore and Theni, the districts abutting the forested Western Ghats region. Across the state, water table has fallen by 0.5 metres to 2.3 metres in the last one year

Water level in Narmada dams hits record low

Water level in both the Indirasagar dam in Madhya Pradesh and Sardar Sarovar Project in Gujarat depleted considerably in February and March, raising fear of water crisis in the wake of the El Nino forecast

Excess rainfall but no drinking water in Adilabad

Tribals living in 1300 habitations in this Andhra district are forced to drink dirty water from a river five km away, resulting in water-borne diseases. The district administration has not been able to supply them clean drinking water despite 150% excess rain last year

Bottled water a hit in Bangalore, no worries about quality

More than one lakh cans are sold daily in the city even as most of the packaged water does not even carry an ISI mark of the Bureau of Indian Standards

Tamil Nadu approaches SC as Karnataka impounds Cauvery water

The state has raised objection to the canal modernization work worth Rs 330 crores being undertaken by Karnataka which includes schemes to impound water in tanks, thereby resulting in less flow in the Cauvery

More than 2000 bio-toilets installed in trains

The toilets will prevent discharge of human waste on tracks and prevent railway lines from corrosion that costs the Railways Rs 350 crores every year. The bio-toilet converts waste into neutral water

Boat lab to study pollution in Kerala lake

The floating research laboratory on Alappuzha's Vembanad lake, set up by the Kerala Agriculture University, will study pollution level, aqua weeds and other ecological aspects

Singapore sets example in water recycling to tackle scarcity

The island nation with no rivers, which buys fresh water from neighbouring Malaysia, uses a very sophisticated membrane technology to filter water. By 2011, the country managed to have water so clean that it exceeded WHO drinking water standards

Can cloud-seeding tackle water scarcity?

An experiment that involves spraying chemicals on passing clouds to help them condense, precipitate and deliver rain has been on in India for some time now. Government encouragement in terms of more research funds, however, is needed

This is the news roundup of April 12 and 13, 2014.

The Times of India, The New Indian Express, Deccan Herald, The Hindu, The Economic Times, Zee News, SANDRP
News Daily: Steep fall in water table worries Tamil Nadu; Water level in Narmada dams hits record low; Excess rainfall but no drinking water in Adilabad