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  • The recent data from the Central Water Commission (CWC), released on May 9, 2019 reveals a reassuring situation of water storage in the river basins of India. The overall water storage in the 91 reservoirs monitored is slightly more (105 percent) when compared to the average water storage over the l...
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  • Centre issues drought advisory to six states Taking note of water levels dipping in dams to a critical level, the Centre has issued a drought advisory to Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Tamil Nadu. The advisory recommends the states to use water for drinking purpose o...
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  • India witnesses 22 percent deficient pre-monsoon rainfall this year: IMD The India Meteorological Department (IMD) data has recorded 75.9 millimetres of rainfall from March 1 to May 15 which is 22 percent deficient from the normal rainfall. Moreover, out of the four meteorological divisions of the ...
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  • Changing climatic patterns are affecting the health of glaciers in the Himalayan region. A new study has warned that as many as 55 percent of glaciers in the Satluj basin may disappear by 2050 and 97 percent by 2090 under extreme climate change scenario. This could adversely hit the availability of ...
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  • FICCI is organising 7th Edition of FICCI Water Awards under the aegis of FICCI Water Mission. The Mission instituted the Awards on annual basis to recognize excellence in water conservation and sustainable water management practices. The last date for submission of nominations is June 21, 2019. Th...
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  • I will be shifting to a building soon, where the TDS of water ranges from 300 to 400. There is no municipal connection and the community has a water treatment plant. The water coming in the taps is softened to some extent. In such a scenario do I need a RO system or should I get a water filter? Most...
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  • The maintenance cost of STP and its electricity bill is very high and as a result building members find it difficult to cope up with the maintenance. How can we reduce the STP cost? Is it compulsory to install STP in every building? How many flats must be their to support STP?
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  • I have dug my borewell till 515 feets after 450 feets I found water. While testing we used five HP motor which gave two inch water flow for 25 mins, afterwards there is continuous flow of 0.75 inch for whole day and if we stop for 1-2 hrs it gives 2 inches water for 15 mins. Please suggest how much ...
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  • About the organisation Splash is an international charitable organization headquartered in Seattle, WA, founded in 2007. It's mission is simple: “We clean water for kids.” Small, young and growing, Splash is in a unique position to be groundbreaking in the global health and WASH sectors, able t...
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  • In our industry, we are having RO system and 30 percent of wastewater is being produced by this system. I checked the TDS of wastewater and it was 3200 ppm. Now I would like to use this wastewater for growing plants. Could you suggest a few varieties that would be able to thrive at this level of TDS...
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  • Hi, I am working in ESBR wastewater treatment plant. We are struggling with a issue of Low MLSS, MLVSS in aeration tank and high COD after secondry clarifier. MLSS-700 PPM, MLVSS- 300 PPM Inlet COD 700-800 PPM and after secondry clarifier it is upto 400 ppm. So, please suggest how to increase...
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  • Dear Sir, Two years back the motor and pump set were stuck in the borewell at our residence. When we tried to take it out, the hose and wires came out leaving the set in the borewell itself. Possibly it was stuck in mud. Technicians told us to use another set, so we left the old set in borewell its...
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  • We have a 60kl STP. Planning to use its treated water for recharging groundwater. Please guide. Sonee
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  • Odisha's ecological hotspots severely affected by cyclone Cyclone Fani that battered the state on May 3 has left two of Odisha's ecological hotspots-- Lake Chilka and Balukhand-Konark wildlife sanctuary--in a crisis. The Chilika lake, which had two mouths earlier, has two more now due to wave energ...
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  • NGT raps green ministry for failing to curb depletion of groundwater The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has pulled up the environment ministry for failing to furnish a report, sought by the tribunal earlier, on the actions taken to tackle groundwater depletion. In January, the tribunal had ordered t...
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  • A little over a third of the world's 246 long rivers remain free-flowing, as per a study by a team of 34 international researchers, including those from McGill University in Canada and World Wildlife Fund India. The study, which assessed the connectivity status of 12 million kilometres of rivers wor...
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  • Can any body help me in solving this? I have a borewell with a depth of 480 ft. Unfortunately, while drilling we encountered mud present at 440 feet along with water. We continued drilling till 480 feet and stopped. Now the concern is at what level the pump should be placed for optimum performance? ...
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  • As the world’s largest democracy is all geared for its biggest test - for voters to select their Members of Parliament and the Prime Minister, the top issues that dominate the electoral agenda at the national level have been increased jobs opportunities, controlling inflation, and reducing farmers...
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  • Under Namami Gange mission, only 10 out of 100 new sewage projects completed As per the records, the government has been able to finish only 10 of the 100 sewage infrastructure projects under the Namami Gange mission. Nearly Rs 28,000 crore has been sanctioned for the sewage management wo...
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  • Cyclone Fani, strongest to hit India in 20 years, causes widespread destruction in Odisha Cyclone Fani, that made its landfall in Odisha on May 4, has caused widespread destruction in the coastal parts of the state, with Puri being the worst hit. The death toll has risen to 35 in the state and seve...
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A study finds that selectively increasing coarse grains/millets in crop production can greatly help in reducing the negative impacts of climate shocks on future food production in India.

Crop production is highly influenced by the sensitivity of crops to variations in climate and can have major implications for food supply and rural livelihoods. The effects of climate change are increasing in India, where extreme rainfall events have become more frequent and spatially more variable. On the other hand, there has also been an increase in the severity and frequency of droughts.

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The major cause of insufficient forest cover in India seems to be ruthless cutting of trees in the name of urbanization and development.

Van Mahotsava is an annual tree planting festival which was initiated by Shri Kulapati Kanaiyalal Munshi, the Union Minister for Agriculture and Food, Government of India, in 1950 to create awareness about the importance of trees and conservation of forests. Since then, this plantation drive has been bringing multitudes of people across the country towards the common goal of increasing green cover. The idea to organize such an annual event might have emerged after a national tree plantation drive in 1947 in which national leaders like Dr.

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Greater precision in forecast of extreme events is critical.

Mumbai, July 5 (India Science Wire): On July 2, the Maharashtra government decided to close private and public schools in Mumbai based on IMD’s rainfall forecast which predicted "intermittent rain in city and suburbs, with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places for the next 24 hours." The 24-hour period from 8:30 am of July 1 to July 2 saw a total of 375 mm of rain and it was obviously ominous to expect that more heavy rain events would follow.

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We are seeking information that supports the logic that we need to eat more millet instead of rice and wheat, not only for it's health benefits but also millet requires a lot less water to cultivate. Also, have noticed that the agricultural practices are certainly not earth friendly, the massive sprinklers sucking out ground water is such a wasteful practice. So, the question is, do you have any data to support the above argument?

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What should be the distance between two agricultural borewells belonging to different farmers? 

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Study shows land use changes responsible for higher temperatures

New Delhi, July 3 (India Science Wire): Warming induced by changes in land use and land cover is contributing to rise in temperature in Eastern India, according to a new study. 

Over three decades (1981-2010), the mean temperature in Odisha has recorded an increase of about 0.3 degree Celsius. The highest temperature rise of 0.9 degrees Celsius has been recorded during the years 2001 to 2010.

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Prime Minister Modi pitches for a collective effort to overcome water crisis in the country

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Centre launches Jal Shakti Abhiyan

To tackle the water crisis looming the country, the Centre launched the Jal Shakti Abhiyan, a water conservation campaign focussing on 1,592 stressed blocks in 256 districts across the country.

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Study reveals millets can mitigate effects of climate change on rainfed agriculture, thus improving food security.

New Delhi, July 1 (India Science Wire): Increasing temperatures, changing monsoon and more frequent extreme climate events are posing a threat to food security in India. A new study has found that while almost all grain crops are sensitive to these changes, adding more coarse grains or millets in crop production mix may help make food supply withstand vagaries of climate change.

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An analysis of the new Nal se Jal scheme, promising drinking water to every household in India by 2024.

Water scarcity has a history … and that history is nothing less than the history of government. – Alatout, 2008.

Attempts to privatize water may have increased globally in the recent past, but in more general terms, governments largely control water as in India, where water is a state subject. After all, water is the only life-giving non-substitutable good; hence, controlling water means controlling life, and controlling society at large.

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