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Garbage dumping in lakes has upped nitrate levels and also caused a decline in groundwater quality. While urbanisation is the main cause, civic agencies failure and citizens apathy are also to blame.

"Growing garbage menace ups nitrate content in lakes", said a recent headline in the Deccan Herald that highlighted a study conducted by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) on illegal dumping sites situated near water bodies in Bangalore.

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Arghyam is a not-for-profit foundation working in the water sector in India. Its vision is “Safe sustainable water for all”.  They take up focused programs to address lack of equitable access to water, in a sustainable manner, amongst all citizens, through partnerships and grants across the country. Know more about Arghyam.

The main duties and responsibilities involved are:

July 7, 2014 12:00AM

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We have a borewell 700 ft deep and get 3" water from it. In it is installed a 15 HP motor and and it supplies water to 100 houses. But now , after power is switched on , 3" water pumps for 5 minutes and then stops; and thereafter water comes in bursts.

We noticed that if we switch off the motor for 5 mins and then switch it on again, the 3" water pumps for 5 mins.

My question is if by switching off motor for 5 mins, we get a water storage for pumping 5 mins, then why does the intermittent supply occur?

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Hello,

Many drinking water plants are operating in my locality. They do not possess licences from any of the civic agencies or the ground water boards. They fill up ISI marked bottles and make money. Drinking such water can be a threat to public health. I would like to lodge a complaint against such operators. I am not aware as to how and where should I lodge the complaint. Any information on this will be very useful.

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BJP should learn from Congress' defeat: Environmentalists

Environmentalists suggest that the new government should focus on urbanisation, air and water pollution. Blame the ealrier government for ignoring the environmental and social concerns of the people, which has led to its defeat.

New hopes for Ganga: Activists

We recently drilled a borewell (Marathalli, Bangalore). The total depth of the bore-hole is 900 ft. Though we have found minute sources @200, 500ft, the major source is @800 ft. The yield is ~1.5".

The borewell driller mentioned that there is some loose-soil @300 ft. To analyze this further, we checked with the camera and found that there are boulders b/w 300 to 320 ft. Installing a slotted-pipe casing will be a huge cost (~125/- per ft).

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Bangalore water mafia goes innovative to evade law

The water mafia, with the help of local political leaders, has taken to digging borewells in rented premises in localities closer to lakes. This started after the government started monitoring borewells in the city

Finally, prediction of low monsoon from the horse's mouth

The Indian Meteorological Department, corroborating global assessment of the El Nino, has predicted “below normal” rainfall during monsoon this year with a rainfall of 95% of the long period average

No deal on Teesta irks Bangladesh Opposition 

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party has blamed the ruling government for not being able to ink a deal on Teesta river's water sharing. Dams on the river on the Indian side have hindered its flow and led to water scarcity in northern Bangladesh

Alarming water shortage in Manipur

We have dug a borewell - 750 feet. First level water is at around 300 ft and second level at around 600 feet.

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