Mewat District

Stained and smiling
Working with fluoride affected communities in Mewat, Haryana Posted on 12 May, 2022 12:03 PM

In the scorching heat, villagers stood with glasses of water in their hands and smiles on their faces in an eagerness to offer all that they had with utmost kindness to bring comfort to people on a hot summer day, oblivious to the quality of water they were offering.

Stains, irregularities, and pits are common manifestations of dental fluorosis. (Image: Sehgal Foundation)
Stories of change: Becoming water abundant by harvesting rainwater
India Water Portal presents you with some inspiring stories of individuals and organisations in India that have adopted exemplary ways to combat water scarcity through harvesting rainwater. Posted on 12 Jul, 2021 10:20 AM

We often take for granted those things that come easy to us. Rain is one such resource that we always enjoy, but never capture for the future.

Catch the rain where it falls (Source: IWP Flickr Photos)
Second wave, new challenges: Civil society on the frontlines
How community radio is helping in times of COVID Posted on 29 May, 2021 02:26 PM

The onset of a second wave of COVID-19 has inflicted havoc in urban centers and even in the national capital which has somewhat sound state-of-the-art health system.

Involved in COVID relief (Image: SM Sehgal Foundation)
Harvesting rainwater effectively
An innovative project makes rainwater harvesting easier and more effective in certain areas of Mewat village with increased groundwater salinity. Posted on 15 Feb, 2018 01:25 PM

One of the major causes of deterioration of water quality is the increase in overall salinity. Total hardness and the presence of materials like fluoride, nitrate, iron, arsenic, and toxic metal ions determine salinity levels in groundwater. With the demand for groundwater growing rapidly, its exploitation is also accelerating which causes depletion.

The innovation was introduced in a government school building in Untka village located in Mewat district of Haryana.
Does sanitation really matter to us?
Complete sanitation is important for everyone. A collective effort is needed to make it happen. Posted on 04 Dec, 2017 04:05 PM

Social media has brought the world to our desktop where information is available at the click of a button. The issues now are not just related to a particular community, region, state, or country; they are global. We get attached to them directly or indirectly and share our opinions on them, which is an easy and powerful way to contribute towards addressing issues we care about.

An initiative to prepare women to be sanitation ambassadors to provide strength to sanitation drives in their villages.
Saving soil health
The government’s nutrient-based subsidy has done more harm to the soil than good. Only sustainable agriculture can save the nutrient and water holding capacity of the soil. Posted on 01 Jul, 2017 10:21 PM

Bhanu is bracing herself for an income loss this year. The wheat she sowed after bajra in winter did not give her the productivity expected. Her soil health is declining, she says. To top it all, she is afraid there will be deficient rainfall this year in her village in Ferozepur Jhirka in Mewat in Haryana.

Farmers thresh paddy during harvest at Sangrur, Punjab. (Source: Neil Palmer, CIAT, 2011, Wikimedia Commons)
Tackling water salinity in Mewat, Haryana
Lalit Mohan Sharma of Sehgal Foundation, Gurgaon speaks to India Water Portal about innovative solutions to sail through Mewat's water crisis. Posted on 24 Nov, 2015 11:16 AM

What is the exact problem as regards groundwater salinity, fluoride and water scarcity in Mewat, Haryana? Is the area underlain with saline groundwater aquifers? What is the status of surface water in the area? Can it not reduce dependence on groundwater?

Tackling salinity in Mewat (Source: Lalit Mohan Sharma)
High pressure recharge well to the rescue of school children in Mewat, Haryana
An innovative rainwater harvesting structure stores sweet rainwater below the ground, within a saline aquifer. Posted on 10 Nov, 2015 11:34 AM

356 students and the teachers of Government Middle School in Sukhpuri village of Mewat district, Haryana are a happy lot now that they have access to potable water right within their school premises

School children of Sukhpuri reap the benefit of HPRW (Source: Sumathi Sivam)
A village becomes water secure
Implementing rooftop rainwater harvesting, treating the catchment and building a community water tank are some reasons why Patkhori village is starting to sail through its water crisis. Posted on 23 Mar, 2014 10:12 PM

Mewat, a historical region comprising of the present Mewat district of Haryana and parts of Alwar, Bharatpur and Dholpur districts of Rajasthan, lies in a semi-arid belt. It experiences variable rainfall annually and receives, on average, 336 mm to 540 mm, as per the Mewat Development Agency.

Water scarcity in Mewat
IRRAD invites applications for Project Officer, Agriculture, Nagina, Mewat (Haryana) – Apply by January 25, 2012
Posted on 16 Jan, 2012 02:36 PM

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The Institute of Rural Research & Development (IRRAD) is an initiative of the S M Sehgal Foundation and is one of the leading non-profit organizations working in the area of rural development. It envisions rural people across India motivated and empowered to make their lives more secure and prosperous. IRRAD designs, tests and replicates scalable community-based models for rural development in the areas of water management, agriculture, sanitation, governance and education. It also builds capacities of communities and community-based institutions to enable them to undertake their own development. These initiatives are transformed into action through IRRAD’s four centers: Natural Resource Management, Policy, Governance & Advocacy, Capacity Building and Rural Research.