Digging deeper to cope with droughts
A study finds that farmers in south India continue to rely on borewells rather than investing in water conservation structures or demand management strategies to cope with droughts. Posted on 01 Jul, 2019 09:14 PM

India is witnessing the second driest pre-monsoon season in the last 65 years. As the country eagerly eyes the monsoon clouds, the delay so far has now widened the rain deficit to 43%.

Coping with droughts, a challenge for farmers (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Water and facilities flow better into cities
An analysis of Census 2011 data confirms many known facts--the urban beats the rural when it comes to treated tap water supply, access to water testing labs and much more. Posted on 05 May, 2015 01:35 PM

Sixty eight percent of India's population lives in rural areas but when it comes to facilities -- including the availability of safe drinking water -- cities and towns corner most of them.

Rural-Urban Drinking Water Supply Gap, Census 2011
Tirupur water supply and sanitation project - an impediment to sustainable water management?
The paper highlights the case of Tirupur water supply and sanitation scheme and sheds light on new and emerging legal arrangements in promoting public-private partnerships in water sector Posted on 27 May, 2009 03:53 PM

This paper published on the International Environmental Law Research Centre (IELRC) website examines the reasons behind the new project and the institutional, financial and legal aspects of the Tirupur PPP.

It also examines important legal issues such as the right to water, competing interests in water, financing of projects, waste water management and the environmental consequences of the PPP. More particularly, it questions the wisdom of planning a water supply project that seeks to prioritize the needs of a polluting industry over the basic water needs of the region.

The New Tirupur Area Development Corporation Limited (NTADCL) is the first public private partnership, set up in 1995 primarily to supply industrial water to Tirupur, a major export centre for knitwear, in India. This water supply and sewerage project is also the first project to be structured on a commercial format; first concession by a state government to a public limited company to draw raw water for domestic and industrial uses and to collect revenues; the first index-based user charges and direct cost recovery for urban environmental services.

Study of Tirupur textile industry cluster - effluent load, disposal practices and possible options
The study collects data on effluent load, studies current treatment and disposal practices and reviews the available technology options adopted for reduction of pollution Posted on 16 May, 2009 02:55 PM

The objectives of the case study by TIDE supported by Arghyam on the Tirupur textile industry cluster included:

Case studies from waste minimisation circle- an initiative by Ministry of environment and forests
Waste Minimisation Circle (WMC) is an initiative sponsored by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India under the policy framework of promoting waste minimisation in India. Posted on 16 May, 2009 12:23 PM

The initiative aims at: