Success Stories and Case Studies

Fishing village goes plastic free
Muhamma cloth bags replaces plastic bags, sets an example for sustainable tourism. arathi posted 3 years 11 months ago

A voyage in a traditional canoe or a houseboat through the picturesque Vembanad lake is enough to understand why the south Indian state of Kerala is called the “God’s own country’. 

Plastic collected from the Vembanad lake.
No more thirst
A women led initiative ensures access to water in Punawli Kalan village of Jhansi priyad posted 4 years 1 month ago

This story is of Punawli Kalan village in Uttar Pradesh, where a community with the support of a women-led federation, solved its water woes by developing a community-owned water supply system.

Water tank in Punawli Kalan village, Jhansi
Water worried no more
The residents of Yavatmal come together to solve their drinking water problem. With crowdfunding to aid their effort, the result is inspiring. makarandpurohit posted 4 years 1 month ago

Located 10 km from the Yavatmal city in Maharashtra, the Nilona reservoir has been the primary drinking water source for its residents since 1972. As in many other parts of the country, the 1990s saw the city growing and the population increasing. The Yavatmal residents, who had not experienced water shortage till then, started facing acute drinking water shortage.

Nilona dam, Yavatmal
Closing the loop
A village near Bengaluru sets an example of reusing wastewater by innovatively using the reject water from a community RO plant to eliminate fluoride contamination. priyad posted 4 years 3 months ago

With a total population of 1200, Sonnahallipura village in Hoskote taluk of Bangalore Rural district has 250 homes. This village was chosen by the Rotary Club of Bangalore, Indiranagar to start a micro-credit programme for 10 women’s self-help groups (SHG) and a low-cost sanitary napkin manufacturing unit.  

The RO plant in Sonnahallipura village.
Doing good, well
The inspiring story of Gazala Paul, founder of Samerth, a non profit organisation that works towards accelerating a humane, sustainable and equitable society. priyad posted 4 years 6 months ago

Gazala Paul spent her 50th birthday among the Baiga people of Chhattisgarh. On the eve of her 25th wedding anniversary, she was in Rapar, a block near the Little Rann of Kutch, in a celebratory mood. The MLA of the region had come to a meeting organised with villagers from his constituency and promised to deliver them safe water based on sound scientific principles.

Gazala Paul, founder of Samerth with a Baiga tribal woman - at Machamoha village, Mungeli district
Get wealthy with water
This year’s winner of Thiess International Riverprize, Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper talks to India Water Portal on how their river restoration efforts became a success with public participation. Swati Bansal posted 4 years 6 months ago

The Thiess International Riverprize is a globally renowned prize that is awarded by the International RiverFoundation to those demonstrating outstanding results in the sustainable river basin management, restoration and protection across the world.

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper receive the Thiess International Riverprize at the 19th International River Symposium. (Image Source: International RiverFoundation)
Call for Nominations: FICCI Water Awards 2016
FICCI Water Awards recognize excellence in water conservation and sustainable water management practices. Water Awards 2016 posted 4 years 7 months ago
Water Awards_Call for nomination
Greywater recycling for toilet use
A study on greywater recycling solution for toilets done at a hostel for tribal students in Maharashtra shows significant improvement in sanitation and cleanliness. JalSevak posted 4 years 7 months ago

JalSevak Solutions present a feasibility study for implementation of JalSevak greywater recycling system at a tribal students' hostel in rural Maharashtra.

Triple benefits of JalSevak.
Forgotten water bearers of Guwahati
Most of the ponds in Guwahati are in a sorry state now. They need to be preserved, not just as heritage sites, but also as drinking water providers and collectors of surface runoff. Usha Dewani posted 4 years 7 months ago

Guwahati, one of the fastest growing cities in India, is thousands of years old. Once known as Pragjyotishpura or the city of eastern light, Guwahati has many ancient stories attached to it. This beautiful city finds mention in epics such as Ramayana, Mahabharata and the Puranas.

Jorpukhuri near Ugratara temple.
Saving the catchment area
The Somb-Thapana catchment is a stark contrast to the polluted Yamuna. Knowledge from the Thames and the local communities revived the water. Swati Bansal posted 4 years 7 months ago

River Yamuna, the largest tributary of river Ganga, is the most threatened river system in the country. It faces over abstraction of water and increasing pollution load (municipal and industrial) throughout its course.

Thapana stream in Mandoli village shows dense vegetation in riparian zone and fish flocking the stream.