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  • Construction industry is a booming industry, with the real estate sector contributing heavily towards the country’s GDP. However, it is also very water-intensive consuming an enormous amount of fresh water. After agriculture, the real estate sector is the second largest employment g...
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  • An ever expanding middle class has come to symbolise a new India which is changing individual and household consumption patterns by accessing resources and technologies beyond their availabilities. Water as an everyday resource has not escaped this whirlwind of change and a substantial volume of wat...
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  • Mohit Ray of Vasundhara has written two books--"Five Thousand Mirrors: The Water Bodies of Kolkata” and “Old Mirrors - Traditional Ponds of Kolkata”. He speaks to India Water Portal on the water bodies of Kolkata.In your book, you mention that about two and a half decades a...
    Amita Bhaduriposted 4 years 5 months agoread more
  • Hello, I am trying to find the copyright owner of the photo that is used in the article on your IWP site : Ingenious system to manage sewage in Kolkata Professor Christian Werthmann of Leibniz University would like to use the photo in an upcoming book publication. I can send more information about...
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  • I am looking to buy a RO water filter. Does any brand in India sells water purifiers that can work to reduce TDS from 3000 to around 250 - 300?Ayan
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  • Since water reforms were introduced in India in the 1990s, water privatisation has been propagated as a panacea to the sector's problems. Water privatisation is the process of transferring ownership of basic services or public property from the public sector, which is f...
    makarandpurohitposted 5 years 9 months agoread more
  • 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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  • The city of Kolkata is blessed to have its very own natural urban wastewater treatment system in the form of the East Kolkata Wetlands. According to the Ramsar Site Information Service, these wetlands are "one of the rare examples of environmental protection and development management where a comple...
    Usha Dewaniposted 5 years 10 months agoread more
  • India's largest pvt hydel project soldIn a deal involving Rs 10,500 crores, Jaypee sells two hydel projects in Himachal Pradesh to an Abu Dhabi firm. The 1000 mega watt Karcham Wangtoo one of themRajasthan complains against contaminated water in SatlujThe Indira Gandhi canal from the Satluj, that pr...
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  • Metal plant contaminates groundwater in KollamGroundwater has turned acidic and agricultural fields gone waste within 500 metres radius of Kerala Minerals and Metal Limited in Chittoor village, affecting 300 familes. Tankers supply water only once a weekMaha Irrigation Scam report readyA Committee h...
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  • Kerala demands review of the Western Ghats orderThe State Government has asked the Centre to review its order on eco-sensitive zone in the Western Ghats. The Order was based on the Kasturirangan report that recommended one-third of the Ghats be declared eco-sensitive.Big mining companies violate env...
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  • Huge freshwater reserves underseaAustralian researchers discover 500,000 cubic km of low-salinity water trapped beneath the ocean floor of Australia, China, North America and South Africa.Govt continues to restore water bodies in the XII planA Rs. 6,235 crore scheme that envisages rep...
    swatiposted 6 years 1 month agoread more
  • After mercury, lead comes into the limelight WHO warns the world against the threat of lead poisoning on children globally. Calls upon all the countries to take stong actions for elimination of lead poisoning.Govt makes study of river basin carrying capacity mandatoryIn a bid to plan optimal nu...
    swatiposted 6 years 3 months agoread more
  • Hi,I have a 342 ft deep borewell and a 1 hp Crompton Greaves motor. The motor is lowered at 90 ft, voltage is 250-270 volts. It is a new motor but it trips after every 5 minutes run and has to be reset at the control panel. It consumes 12 amp electricity. Is it a problem of voltage or is the new mot...
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  • Inter ministerial panel submits ts report with recommendations for implementation of the proposed corridor
    Prarthana Vishalposted 6 years 3 months agoread more
  • Massive awareness campaigns using different mediums, early diagnosis and complete treatment, source elimination, fever surveillance etc brought down the malaria cases drastically in the city.
    Prarthana Vishalposted 6 years 3 months agoread more
  • Hello,Where can I get Indian Standards for drinking water,/wastewater and activated carbon used in water treatment ?
    Abhisek Jainposted 6 years 4 months agoread more
  • Hello,Please provide information on TDS content of groundwater in Salt lake, sector-5, Kolkata. If the data is not available readily, please suggest on how I can get this information? 
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  • Urgent action needed to tackle climate changeGetting repetitive on climate change being human-induced, IPCC's fifth assessment report comes as no big surprise.Women education and under five child mortality directly relatedCompletion of secondary education by Indian women to ...
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Gujarat seeks financial aid of Rs 1,725 crore from the Centre for drought relief works 

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Hello,

I am going to buy a water purifier, and to choose the type, I would like to know the quality of water in our area.

We are staying in Santosh our, Kolkata. Pin Code-700075

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All 14 districts in Kerala have been declared drought-hit

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Jail term for selling packaged water above MRP: Government

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Water privatisation has a history of failure in India. Why are we still engaging private operators to manage our waters?

In August 2016, the Karnataka government gave Abu Dhabi-based businessman B.R. Shetty permission to privatise the iconic Jog Falls to make it a perennial waterfall and to develop it into a tourism hotspot. As per the newspaper report, Shetty is to invest Rs 450 crore towards the project and charge visitors a “minimal” fee. 

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Government starts river transport project with eight waterways

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The Tenth Annual Global Water Alliance Conference, with the theme“Role of Locals in Implementing Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Sustainable Development Goals, 2015-2030” is to be held in Kolkata, India from January 4-7, 2017 (Site visits January 5-6).The focus of the conference will be on the essential role of local NGOs, beneficiaries, civic organizations, business and local governments in attaining the ambitious goals of the newly-adopted United Nations Sustainabl

January 4, 2017 9:00AM
October 31, 2016 12:00PM

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Citizens come forward to restore polluted lakes and rivers in their cities. They demand support and swift action from the government.

The pitiful state of some of the water bodies in the country, coupled with the sheer apathy of the government, have forced some well-meaning citizens to come out of their comfort zones and make a difference. Some of these efforts, like the Puttenahalli lake in Bengaluru that is now overflowing with clean water, have been successful, while others are ongoing. Here, we feature some stories of a few Good Samaritans and their efforts to restore the lakes and rivers of their cities.

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NGT orders CWRA to meet every month for identification of wetlands

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About 44 percent of Kolkata city's ponds have disappeared in the last two decades. The importance of preserving these water bodies that serve as a lifeline for people cannot be overemphasised.

Urban water bodies have an important role in the urban ecology. It is not just a source or water collected somewhere but is an integral part of life--a haven for different types of trees, insects, birds and small animals. For a densely populated city like Kolkata, ponds serve as a kind of oasis that support diverse life forms, replenishing groundwater and providing water to about a million people who has made the city home. But once ubiquitous, the ponds in the city are today, slowly giving up to the pressure of urbanisation.

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