Challenges in planning faecal sludge management systems
Containment design and construction deviations from norms impact sanitation chain Amita Bhaduri posted 7 months 3 weeks ago

Sanitation targets for SDG 6 can only be met if the focus expands from just access to the full cycle of sanitation – access, conveyance, treatment and re-use.

Empty faecal sludge drying bed (Image: Lars Schoebitz; Flickr Commons)
Rainfall data of Coimbatore district
(not verified) posted 10 months 2 weeks ago

Rainfall from 1950 to 2002 in Coimbatore district.


Heavy rain and floods hit North India
News this week Swati Bansal posted 2 years 5 months ago

Rains wreak havoc in Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab

Following the southern states witnessing heavy rainfall and floods this monsoon, the northern parts of India are now also experiencing incessant rains.

Gori river in Uttarakhand in spate during 2013 floods (Source: Chicu Lokgariwar, India Water Portal)
Digging deeper to cope with droughts
A study finds that farmers in south India continue to rely on borewells rather than investing in water conservation structures or demand management strategies to cope with droughts. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 2 years 6 months ago

India is witnessing the second driest pre-monsoon season in the last 65 years. As the country eagerly eyes the monsoon clouds, the delay so far has now widened the rain deficit to 43%.

Coping with droughts, a challenge for farmers (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Borewells: Boon or bane for women?
A study shows that although borewells have improved women’s access to water in the short term, they have increased water insecurity and the suffering of women in the long term. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 2 years 8 months ago

Tamil Nadu is one of the most water-vulnerable states in India that depends heavily on groundwater for irrigation. As high as 56 percent of land in the state is currently irrigated by groundwater and the remaining by tanks and canals.

Collecting water, a daily backbreaking task of women. (Image Source: India Water Portal)
National Waterway-1: Dolphin population declines
News this week Swati Bansal posted 3 years 6 months ago

Decline in Dolphin population observed in India's only dolphin sanctuary

Gangetic Dolphin (Source: Arati Kumar Rao)
The dirty picture
A hard-hitting documentary film ‘Kakkoos’ looks at the politics behind the banned practice of manual scavenging and how the civil society connives to keep it alive. Amita Bhaduri posted 4 years 8 months ago

Kakkoos, a compelling documentary film on manual scavenging in Tamil Nadu is all about showing the practice as it is without any filter.

Manual scavenging is a caste issue. (Image: Divya Bharathi, Facebook)
Opposition to Teesta Stage IV hydel project
News this week Swati Bansal posted 4 years 11 months ago

People of Sikkim stand against Teesta hydel project

The people of the northeast India protest against dams. (Source: SANDRP)
The semi-arid regions of the Moyar-Bhavani basin
State sponsored policies and programmes must be sensitive to promote sustainable developmental activities in this already fragile social ecological system in Tamil Nadu. Usha Dewani posted 6 years ago

Today's rural poor operate in highly risky and uncertain environments. Grappling with multiple stresses like eroding natural resources, poor assets and increasing climate variability, they are constantly adjusting their lives and livelihoods--changing a crop grown, digging another well, or migrating to a nearby town.

Large population of scheduled caste, and other communities reside in or around protected areas of the basin.
Call for abstracts for International Conference on Sustainable materials and Innovative technologies in Civil Engineering, Nehru Institute for Technology, Coimbatore
The Conference focusses on creating sustainable public infrastructure including water resources (not verified) posted 7 years 7 months ago

The water related themes of the Conference are

- Integerated Water Resources management

- Coastal Zone Management

- Groundwater quality

- Urban flooding and landslides

- Ocean infrastructure development

- Global warming and its impact on water resources

- Wastewater treatment and pollution control technologies

Conference on Technologies in Civil Engineering