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  • Seismic activity triggered by human actions like the construction of large reservoirs or injection of wastewater into the ground for oil and gas production can have far greater implications than previously thought, a new study has revealed. While it is well known that injection of fluid into the su...
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  • CDD Society is conducting an Advanced Training for Design Engineers on Faecal Sludge Management at CASS, Bangalore from 15th to 19th July, 2019. This training will disseminate engineering and technical knowledge related to the design and operations of various types of faecal sludge treatment technol...
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  • Hello, In a gated community, where STP is installed, what is the minimum distance to be maintained between the STP and the residential area ?
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  • MGNREGA's performance unsatisfactory in drought-stricken districts in 2018-19 An analysis of the performance of MGNREGA for 2018-19 shows that the scheme has failed to be of any help to drought-stricken districts as the significant work related to water conservation and irrigation under the scheme ...
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  • Water level in India’s major reservoirs and river basins in a precarious state: CWC According to the data released by the Central Water Commission (CWC), water levels in India’s major reservoirs and river basins have fallen to 21 percent of its average for the last 10 years. The data has also r...
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  • India has the highest national freshwater demand globally and 91 percent of our freshwater is used in the agriculture sector. Cereals account for over 50 percent of the dietary water footprint in India and represent a potential opportunity for reducing water use in Indian agriculture. After the gree...
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  • I found water at 40 feet in a borewell, having a depth of 500 feet, but there is a presence of fully hard rock after 50 feet. Is this enough for domestic purpose? Also, please provide solution to the presence of hard rock. 
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  • India is on the brink of a major water crisis. With drought looming over the southern and western parts of the country, the existing water resources are in peril. Rivers are getting more polluted, their catchments, water-holding and water-harvesting mechanisms are deteriorating and groundwater level...
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  • We drilled 7 inch borewell for agricultural purpose. Hit the rock at 66 feet. Encountered 3 inches of water at 100 feet. After 110 feet loose soil encountered. The water was very muddy. The contractor stopped drilling after 205 feet. What should I do? The borewell has dried now. Is furthur drilling ...
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  • Ganga laden with high proportion of antibacterial agents: Study As per the study Assessment of Water Quality and Sediment To Understand Special Properties of River Ganga conducted by the Nagpur-based National Environmental Engineering and Research Institute (NEERI), the Ganga river water has a sign...
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  • NGT seeks report on constitution of Biodiversity Management Committees The National Green Tribunal has ordered the environment ministry to submit a report on the constitution of Biodiversity Management Committees (BMC) at the local level in every state within three months. Taking note of blatant no...
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  • I have 350 ft deep borwell in field. There is presence of stone at 295 ft which is not allowing the motor to get inserted into the borewell. Even flushing the borewell twice did not work. Is there any chemical agent available for stone cracking. Please advise.
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  • India is the largest user of groundwater in the world. It uses an estimated 230 km3 of groundwater per year, which is over a quarter of the global total. About 85 percent of rural drinking water needs, 65 percent of irrigation needs and 50 percent of urban drinking water and industrial needs are ful...
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  • Can STP water be used for cleaning vehicle and moping of floor? Do we have any document detailing the usage of STP water?
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  • India has, over the last 50 years, spent approximately $50 billion on developing water resources and another estimated $7.5 billion on drinking water, with little to show for the money (Devraj 2002). Apart from big dams and irrigation systems, the government has encouraged the digging of millions of...
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  • Central Monitoring Committee formed to ensure pollution-free river stretches The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has appointed a Central Monitoring Committee to ensure the implementation of a national action plan for reducing polluted river stretches across the country. The committee has been asked t...
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  • India could witness near-normal monsoon this season: IMD The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted that this year, the rainfall in the four-month season from June to September is likely to be 96 percent of the 50-year average of 89 cm with a model error of +/-5 percent. As per IMD, th...
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  • I dug a borewell of 260ft depth. However, after the boring was done and the process of washing was initiated by compressor, the sand started coming out continuously and it did not stop. Please tell me the solution?
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  • From Aparna Das, UNDP, New Delhi Under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission, large investments are to be made for modernizing and upgrading sewage and solid waste management facilities in cities (See http://www.urbanindia.nic.in/moud/programme/ud/jnnurm.htm for details). Within a mu...
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  • I need to construct a wastewater pit for bathroom and kitchen wastewater and rainfall runoff. But we have waterlogged area, so which one is better soak pit or water treatment plant? Thanks in advance
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What are India's plans for managing its natural resources, undertaking sustainable land management and combating droughts?

Managing natural resources, the sustainable way

On the occasion of World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD 2019), India elaborated on its plans for managing its natural resources, undertaking sustainable land management and combatting droughts.  The highlighted actions are expected to help India meets its overall target of achieving Land Degradation Neutrality by 2030. The highlighted actions are expected to help India meets its overall target of achieving Land Degradation Neutrality by 2030.

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A study found that intensification of croplands through replacement of forests can impact long term temperature trends.

The frequency and severity of heatwaves have risen considerably in India. Our cities are facing periods of ‘extreme’ weather as urbanization continues to modify the landscape. The temperature moderation provided by soil and vegetation is being substituted with heat-absorbent construction materials.

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High Court raps Tamil Nadu government over water crisis in Chennai

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Monsoon makes slowest progress across India in 12 years (source: Times of India)

Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) records show that this year's monsoon has so far been the slowest progressing monsoon in the past 12 years.

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Can water from bathroom (excluding WC), kitchen, sink, basin, washing machine etc be used for rainwater harvesting. Is there a way to use this water to give to plants. I am worried that the soap in this water may damage the plants or make the soil saline over the course of time. What type of treatment should be provided for reuse of greywater for the purpose mentioned above. Thank you

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The threat of desertification increases in 26 of 29 states

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Government to launch rural piped water scheme

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While WOTR’s work has contributed to improving SDG outcomes, what are the learnings from the efforts made by the organisation to map and identify the pathways that have brought about this change?

Sustainable development, still an unfinished agenda

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The incidence and intensity of tropical cyclonic storms during monsoons is increasing in India. Can historical analysis help understand and cope with them better?

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An analysis of the effectiveness of the Composite Water Management Index as a policy-making tool

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