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  • Heavy rain water logs Chennai and other parts of Tamil NaduWith the State staring at a severe water shortage, heavy downpour has brought relief to Tamil Nadu, especially Chennai but has also exposed the State's under-preparedness. Heavy rains have caused severe flooding and water logging in several ...
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  • Climate change could have a strong impact on fisheries with far-reaching consequences on food and livelihoods of populations. It is likely to have a major impact on future marine fisheries production in India. However, very little understanding exists on the how fishing communities, the actual stake...
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  • Hi! 3 years back, at my residence we drilled a bore well of about 110 feet deep. Last week one fine day the motor was not able to deliver water,  I checked with the plumber and he said the hose in the borewell has to be checked for leaks. He tried to remove the same, but unfortunately it did n...
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  • Kerala's Ashtamudi lake recognised for sustainable clam fishing Ashtamudi lake, the second largest estuarine system in Kerala and a livelihood support of 3000 fisherfolk who trade clams, has become India's first Marine Stewardship Council-certified fishery. When faced with crisis of reduced catch d...
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  • Chennai's Fort St.George, built in 1644, was the first English fortress to be built in India. It laid the foundation for further settlements around it and the city of Madras gradually expanded around the fort over the years.  The city was divided into two sections- 'White town', that was occup...
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  • Heavy rain causes floods in Uttarakahand, Assam, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar Two days of incessant rains have severely affected Uttarkhand with the major rivers like Ganga, Nandakini and Pindar flowing above the danger level. In Uttar Pradesh, 28 people have been killed due to floods with nearly 1500 v...
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  • Hi Sir, We have a large apartment where we use STP to treat sewage water.  Currently we don't have ways to let out the treated water , even after using for gardening there is huge amount of water which we have to transport that leads to increased cost.  Can we use soak pits to drain this...
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  • Hi,Ten days ago we have dug a borewell 500 feet deep. It is a 6.5" borewell, when we dug the bore we found less water. in the next day we found water at 450 feet. Yesterday we tested again and found water atin 35 feet and water was clear. Can we go for submersible pump in this case? Please advise ad...
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  • BJP should learn from Congress' defeat: EnvironmentalistsEnvironmentalists 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 G...
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  • Himachal villages to carry out own EIA90,000 people from 250 villages in the Sutlej basin of Himachal Pradesh decide to carry out their own assessment of the environmental damage caused by hydropower projects. They allege that the state-sponsored Indian Council of Forest Research and Education repor...
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  • Deltas sinking, thanks to damsMajor Indian deltas like the Ganga-Brahmaputra and the Krishna-Godavari are sinking because of proliferation of large dams that starve deltas of sediment, groundwater mining that causes land compaction and artificial embankments that affect river coursesPolitical partie...
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  • Hello,The borewell water in my house in Selaiyur, Tambaram, Chennai is very saline and white chemical particles settle in overhead water tank (every time I clean, those white particles weigh more than 1.5 kgs). How do I get rid of salinity in borewell water. Please help.Ravi Raja9790996720
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  • The Water and energy nexusA report released by the United Nations in Tokyo this World Water Day says places where people do not have adequate access to water largely coincide with those where people have no electric powerNGT demands report on fluorosis in Maharashtra12 districts in the state are aff...
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  • Hello,We are a community of 164 households in Okkiyam Thoraipakkam, Chennai. Our community is known as Trinity Park. Currently we source water from outside, as the groundwater is unusable. We are collectively looking for a rainwater harvesting solution to improve the groundwater quality.We need help...
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  • Maharashtra reels under hail stormsFarmers of Marathwada, Vidarbha, Northern Maharashtra and parts of Western Maharashtra are facing the impacts of unprecedented hail storms and unseasonal rainfall. Nearly, 12 lakh hectares of crops have been destroyed due to the disaster, along with spread of ...
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  • Chennai's water warriors Sekhar Raghvan and Indukant Ragade believe that rainwater harvesting and greywater recycling are simple steps to achieve water sufficiency. To educate tomorrow’s engineers and town planners to understand and appreciate the importance of these two measures, India Water Port...
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  • Spur in farmer suicides after untimely rain in Maharashtra18 farmers end their lives in less than a month after unseasonal rain and hailstorm destroyed their crops. Social activists claim the figure could be anywhere above 80, more than the average for every two monthsPlatform made with waste pollut...
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  • India to get its first solar-powered toilet The waterless toilet converts human waste into charcoal that can be used as fertilizer in farming or as a fuel, say researchers at the University of Colorado who developed the toilet.Grams in Tripura not 'Nirmal'None of the 108 villages in Tripura declared...
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  • Chennai is rain-rich, but frequently water starved. The city receives a good amount of rain both from the South-West as well as the North-East monsoon, though the latter’s contribution is much higher. Even with an annual average rainfall of around 1200-1300 mm (the national average is around 800mm...
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  • At some locations, municipal wastewater is directly taken to secondary treatment and the primary treatment is skipped. 1. I want to know what happens when the primary treatment is skipped. 2. Does this impact sizing and performance of aeration tank as all the load is directly sent to the secondary t...
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In the beginning, the borewell water showed a good ph of 8.5, but was greyish color as there was some grey sand getting mixed in it, so we put some pebbles to block the sand from getting in. But now, I am getting a sewage and chemical kind of smell from the water.

I'm really starting to get annoyed, advice is deeply appreciated. My bore well is currently 80 feet, had not used it for 5 years and just got it fixed. We have cleaned the new pump twice, and I have spent around 18K on it. Now the water is kind of whitish with a slight sewage like smell coming from it.

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India among bottom performers in global Environmental Performance Index 

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Saving the Ennore Creek: Chennai fisherfolk stage Jal Satyagraha

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Inefficient solid waste management results in waste piles that contribute to urban flooding in cities like Chennai. While most citizens blame civic authorities for the lapse, are they doing their bit?

Come November, along with swollen waterways and flooded streets, another prominent image flashed repeatedly on television screens is that of mountains of mixed garbage. Chennai’s solid waste headache is by no means entirely monsoon-related. But the issue manages to capture the media’s attention around this time of the year mostly because unregulated dumping tends to disrupt waterways in many parts. Intensified waterlogging and heightened public health concerns closely follow.  

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The Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) is a river basin-scale model to simulate the quality and quantity of surface and ground water and predict the environmental impact of land management practices, Climate change on the water resources.  SWAT  is a public domain model jointly developed by USDA Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) and Texas AgriLife Research, part of The Texas A&M University System.  

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My apartment is in Madambakkam near Tambaram, Chennai and there is no drainage facility in my area. We have 3 soak pits around my flat for the sewage water (from bathroom and washing machine). However, a pit at one corner is adjacent (11 feet) located from my neighbour's borewell. The borewell is about 350ft deep. There have been no issues for the past 4 years. But, now they are complaining that their borewell water is getting contaminated because of my pit. Will it get contaminated? Is it okay for me to continue with the pit? Or what remedial action should I undertake?

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Despite ban, immersion of Ganpati idols made of PoP continue in Bengaluru lakes

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Background: Our Flat is based in Tambaram, Chennai. There are 6 flats in an apartment. We share common overhead concrete tank. During summer we face acute water shortage problem. Even after starting the pump and it is running for half an hour, we won't get a drop of water. We are living in ground floor. Since there is lot of suffering especially on Sunday where all the members of family will be present and water needs will be more, I went inside the overhead tank to check what is wrong.

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Hi, we are getting stench in water. This problem is only when we open the taps and shower. How do I flush and disinfect the pipeline at home? Any one who provides this service in chennai? I have taken sample from the inlet and there is no smell, it's only at the tap level. So was thinking I need to disinfect the pipelines Any help and guidance pls. Regards Gopal

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I live in Chennai. Our borewell is not yielding water and many of my neighbors face the same issue. plumber suggested us to drill another borewell. We do not have space , as our first floor extends to cover the entire plot area, hence the only way which our plumber suggests is to drill hole in the roof in order for the drilling machine to fit. Is there any other option instead of drilling a hole in our roof? Appreciate the help.

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