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  • I have a borewell dug upto 1000 ft and the opening of the casing pipe is 2 ft below ground level. I made a manhole and covered it. The borewell is in front of our gate and below a car ramp.Unfortunately, the domestic sewage pipe passing besides this has broken and the water entered into borewell. Si...
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  • Nitrogen pollution of water can lead to severe consequences not only for the environment, but also to human health. Current evidence shows that nitrogen pollution of water is on the rise not only in developing, but also in developed countries. A World Bank Policy Research Working Paper titled 'The ...
    aarti kelkar kh...posted 4 months 3 weeks agoread more
  • Millions of Indian women can take up to six trips a day to gather and transport water, which takes up a major part of their day. During scorching summers when many sources dry up, their drudgery gets even worse. Stories of girls dropping out of school to share the burden of carrying water are also n...
    Amita Bhaduriposted 4 months 3 weeks agoread more
  • DDWS orders states to open up water testing laboratories to the public The Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation (DDWS) has directed the states to open up water testing laboratories to the public, in order to empower people to be able to ascertain the quality of water being provided. The move...
    Swati Bansalposted 4 months 3 weeks agoread more
  • 30 districts in Delhi-NCR had contaminated groundwater in 2019: Water Minister As per the data presented by the Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat in the Rajya Sabha, at least 30 districts in the National Capital Region, which includes parts of Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh apart f...
    Swati Bansalposted 4 months 3 weeks agoread more
  • Some domestic UV+UF water purifier have an additional feature of in-tank UV protection. I want to understand if this new feature has some additional health benefit or it is just for marketing only?
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  • Our main issue is scaling which is causing damage to our plumbing systems. Total hardness (CaCO3) is 470 and Calcium is 130. Total alkalinity is 265. We are thinking of two options: 1) Go for partial water softening methods since softening entire water seems to be costly. Blend the un-softened wat...
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  • Women, major contributors in agriculture and irrigation Women constitute a major workforce in agriculture with 75 percent of them, as compared to 59 percent men, working in the agricultural sector in India. Barring ploughing, a major share of agricultural work such as paddy transplanting, weeding, ...
    aarti kelkar kh...posted 4 months 3 weeks agoread more
  • The groundwater we are using for regular usage has become dirty. We require cost effective methods to improve quality of water. Pl suggest.
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  • The Government of India has passed a draft notification to bar membrane based systems such as Reverse Osmosis (RO) to be used as domestic purifiers in cities where the tap water is safe according to the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) norms. This is to comply with an order of the National Green Tri...
    aarti kelkar kh...posted 5 months 2 days agoread more
  • Limca Book of Records recognises UP's Banda for water conservation efforts Uttar Pradesh’s Banda district has entered the Limca Book of Records for the construction of 2,605 contour trenches and holding 469 jal choupals (village water parliaments) in a single month. The efforts were made und...
    Swati Bansalposted 5 months 2 days agoread more
  • Our well water ph is found to be 6.44. What are the possible risks and how should this be fixed?
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  • Hi, We have a well in our colony. We are using water of this well from 4-5 years. But from last 4 months we found that turbid water comes in our well. We think this water comes from the gutter which is behind our society (approx 150 metres) but we are not sure about this. After some checking we know...
    Anonymous (not verified)posted 5 months 6 days agoread more
  • Many of the challenges sanitation workers face, stem from their lack of visibility in society, says a report ‘Health, Safety and Dignity of Sanitation Workers’ produced jointly by The World Bank, International Labour Organization (ILO), WaterAid and the World Health Organization (WHO)....
    Amita Bhaduriposted 5 months 1 week agoread more
  • Non monsoon flows of Indian rivers are declining Recent evidence shows that monsoon flows in Indian rivers are almost unaffected, but the non-monsoon flows show a declining trend. This has manifested in the form of: Medium and small rivers originating from mountains, ponds, pools, forests or spr...
    aarti kelkar kh...posted 5 months 1 week agoread more
  • Northeast has 60 polluted river stretches: CPCB According to the latest State of India’s Environment report, there are 60 polluted river stretches based on biochemical oxygen demand in different northeastern states. The polluted river stretches in the northeastern states are Bharalu, Basistha,...
    Swati Bansalposted 5 months 2 weeks agoread more
  • World Bank to provide USD 450 million loan for Atal Bhujal Yojana The Centre and the World Bank have signed a USD 450 million loan agreement to support the Atal Bhujal Yojana that aims to arrest the country's depleting groundwater levels and strengthen groundwater institutions. The programme will b...
    Swati Bansalposted 5 months 2 weeks agoread more
  • I would like to engage myself in field of water resource mamangement, so my question is what are the supports/facilities I can get from different organisations?
    Anonymous (not verified)posted 5 months 2 weeks agoread more
  • Arghyam has compiled a brief presentation which gives details of the permissible and desirable limits for various parameters in drinking water as per Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) specifications for potable water (IS -10500: 2012). While the standards were first published in 1983, this ...
    ashisposted 5 months 2 weeks agoread more
  • Hi, I am based out of Delhi and looking for an organisation to help install rainwater harvesting system in my society. If interested kindly revert to my email address - SaurabhGalhotra89@gmail.com
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Additional Rs 40,000 crore allocated to MGNREGA

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Nearly 260 million Indian could be pushed to poverty due to Covid-19: Researchers

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Issues in groundwater management and recharge have been dealt with in a series of booklets as a part of the MARVI project.

The ‘Managing Aquifer Recharge and Sustaining Groundwater Use through Village-level Intervention’ (MARVI) project is being undertaken since February 2012 with the overall aim to improve the security of irrigation water supplies and enhance livelihood opportunities for rural communities in India.

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A study conducted in 47 districts indicates that over half of the surveyed households are eating less during lockdown.

The study, ‘Covid-19 induced lockdown - How is hinterland coping’, based on a large survey undertaken by a consortium of civil society organisations undertook a rapid assessment of the impact of series of lockdowns on rural poor households. Of the many coping mechanisms, the most prominent was that over 50 percent of households in rural India have reduced the number of meals, while about 68 percent have reduced the number of food items in the meal ever since the lockdown was imposed.

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Water storage level 76 percent more than last year: CWC

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COVID-19  pandemic has created a new need for water, namely for continuous disinfection. Periodic hand washing and washing commonly used spaces is going to be part of our daily routine for some years to come. Water utilization will increase, about 3-10 litres per day per person and it will stress the already stressed water networks. Along with it, more detergents and disinfectants will add into our ecosystem, together making a long-term impact.

May 14, 2020 5:30PM - May 28, 2020 7:00PM

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Robust arid region horticulture in the water-scarce arid region of Kachchh, but without improved value-addition for increased shelf-life, farmers faced with a crisis.

Kachchh: A desert oasis under peril

The westernmost district of India, Kachchh was long known as the arid deserted region and seldom received mention for any important economic activities. But, with the earthquake in 2001 that brought in new development policies and interventions, the region witnessed a three-fold increase in the value of production at constant prices since 2001.

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There is a need to have basic institutional structures such as market, credit, insurance, research, extension service etc., in place in rainfed regions.

The global crisis due to Covid-19 has hit India after coursing through western Europe. India’s response to curtail the spread of the disease was quite decisive. It announced a Janata curfew on March 22, followed by a complete national lockdown from the midnight of March 24. This, however, exposed the fault lines in our system: thousands of migrant workers got stuck at various places, especially in metro cities, as they could not get enough time to plan their return. Providing them basic support like ration and shelter became a herculean task for the establishment. 

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Institutions are a key arsenal in rural India's pandemic fight.

Covid-19 will have major implications in rural areas where the Foundation for Ecological Security (FES), a non-profit organisation has been working towards conservation of natural resources through collective action of local communities. Experience indicates that the complete lockdown to contain the spread of the disease has resulted in loss of rural incomes. The risk of spread of the virus too has increased with migrants returning to villages.

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