Success Stories and Case Studies

Clearing the fog on water conservation
Fog water collection from low hanging clouds can bring respite to residents in the water-stressed regions around the world. arathi posted 3 years 10 months ago

Water scarcity has been the most pressing challenge to socio-economic and human development since ages. Globally, almost 800 million people do not have access to potable water. Reports from the United Nations state that one in every three people in the world is facing the water crisis.

Fog harvesting structures.
Every drop that matters!
A short film provides insight into the water sector situation in the Marathwada region in Maharashtra. makarandpurohit posted 3 years 10 months ago

The people of the Marathwada region have been facing severe water crisis for more than three decades. Despite adverse circumstances, the Akoladev panchayat in the Jalna district has set an example for other panchayats by solving their water woes through community participation and effective water harvesting measures that suit their geographic terrain.

Jivrekha river, Akoladev (Source:Dilasa)
Saving Sangam from mining
With enough legal evidence of the violation in hand and clearly articulated demands supported by law, a group of people saves the Triveni Sangam from sand mining. arathi posted 3 years 10 months ago

There was illegal mining in the Triveni Sangam and I could not believe my eyes. Who could do something like this? The sangam or confluence has a special place in my mind as I had grown up visiting this place regularly since childhood. Many families like mine have spent long hours in the area during festivals and recreational trips.

The path built for illegal sand mining at the Triveni Sangam.
Better yield with customised rice cultivation
A new way of planting paddy with wider spacing gives better yield in a village. arathi posted 3 years 10 months ago

Purba Bhateni is a village located in the Mahakalapada block of Kendrapara district of Odisha on the coast of the Bay of Bengal. Abutting the coastal tidal line, the village is surrounded by tidal water bodies and protected by saline protection embankment. Farming and small-scale fishing in the tidal water bodies is the source of livelihood for farmers here.

Farmer Hrushikesh Mandal with his yield.
A village becomes water rich
How restoration of traditional ponds, rainwater harvesting and wastewater treatment saved a village from water scarcity. arathi posted 3 years 11 months ago

Located in Uttar Pradesh’s Baghpat district, with vast agricultural fields growing sugarcane, rice, wheat, jowar, chana and all kinds of seasonal vegetables, Dhikoli in Pilana tehsil comes across as a bustling and prosperous village.

A johad after restoration.
Flourishing informal water market
Informal water tankers are both a curse and a necessity. Should they be banned or integrated into the formal water supply system? arathi posted 3 years 11 months ago

Every study village of the project, Ensuring Water Security in Metropolitan Hyderabad, has a different situation and a different story to say about the informal water market. However, the most pertinent question remains partially answered: Are informal water tankers good or bad?

Rice that withstands drought
Scientists develop a new variety of rice that needs very little water and can withstand drought. arathi posted 3 years 11 months ago

A group of Indian, Chinese, and Canadian scientists has developed transgenic rice that gives high yield even under severe water deficit. The new rice variety has been developed by transferring a gene from a common plant, Arabidopsis thaliana, into a variety of Indian rice called samba mahsuri.

New test to detect aquaculture virus
A group of Indian researchers has developed a rapid test to detect a virus that affects shrimp. arathi posted 3 years 11 months ago

White Spot Syndrome Virus (WSSV) is a highly contagious and lethal virus especially to the Penaeid shrimp. Death is certain from three to seven days after the attack. It belongs to a new family of viruses known as Nimaviridae.

A shrimp farm. (Source: India Water Portal)
Disappearing lakes and politics of corruption
Communities have as much part to play in protecting natural resources as the people in power. This case of a disappearing lake proves it. arathi posted 3 years 11 months ago

Mallampet is a village in Quthbullapur Mandal. It is located about 5–6 km from the municipal boundaries of the Hyderabad city. Like many other villages, Mallampet too has witnessed the disappearance of its lakes, but not all of them are from natural causes. A close study of the political nexus has revealed the interesting case of lake encroachment.

Looting water for fun
Hyderabad sources water for most of its amusements and recreation from villages nearby, depleting groundwater and creating water shortage for the villagers. arathi posted 3 years 11 months ago

An impromptu weekend plan landed me in Wonderla Amusement Park in Hyderabad. My fear of heights made me go only on those rides that seemed slower and lower. These happened to be the water rides, as they were my safest bet.