Conservation - Reducing Water Usage

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March 23, 2021 Enhancing community based water resource management
Women are involved in the process of developing the water budget from a gender lens. (Image: Samerth)
March 22, 2021 Beating odds, women water warriors deepen their work on water
Rural women believe in the power of ‘water continuity’ or having sustained and intergenerational access to water resources (Image: Romit Sen)
March 22, 2021 The recent 'Water governance standard and certification system' developed by WOTR can greatly help villages to develop good governance practices and manage their water needs equitably and sustainably.
Long queues waiting for tankers are common in different parts of Maharashtra during water scarcity (Image Source: WOTR)
March 18, 2021 While tourism is on the threshold of expanding in India, water scarcity and quality issues could hinder progress. What could be the way out?
Water tankers cater to the needs of populations in tourist destinations in India (Image Source: India Water Portal)
March 9, 2021 Water demand and availability cannot be viewed in isolation. It is rather an outcome of the whole set of actions that people undertake to improve their lives and enhance their livelihoods.
Improving water availability in Mogras. Image used for representation only (Image Source: WOTR)
December 29, 2020 Water resources in most Indian cities are overworked and overused, and not adequately replenished.
Cities in India are marked by unequal distribution of water, lack of access, outdated infrastructure and minimal enforcement of rainwater harvesting and other means of supply. (Image: Anish Roy, Pixabay)
Join the Environment Club's Jal Chaupal at Arnawali village, Meerut
Swati Bansal posted 2 weeks ago Jal Chaupal

About the Paani Ki Baat Campaign: The situation of the constantly falling groundwater levels is worrisome, if it is to be raised, awareness has to

Water footprint of food and cooking fuel
Rice and wheat have large water footprints in rural India Amita Bhaduri posted 3 weeks ago

Water is a basic resource for food and fuelwood production. In general, people in rural areas of India consume carbohydrate-rich staples with small amounts of animal foods. They mostly depend upon fuelwood for cooking.

Madhya Pradesh has the largest blue water footprint for food (334 m3/cap/year) and the blue water footprint from wheat contributes 87%. (Image: Pixabay)
Efforts towards skilling local communities in water management
Enhancing community based water resource management Amita Bhaduri posted 3 weeks 3 days ago

Samerth has been working since 2000 on providing safe water to the marginalised communities in the remote areas of Rapar and Bhachau blocks of Kutch district in Gujarat.

Women are involved in the process of developing the water budget from a gender lens. (Image: Samerth)
Sheroes: A tribute to women who value water
Beating odds, women water warriors deepen their work on water Amita Bhaduri posted 3 weeks 3 days ago

Every year, March 22 is celebrated as World Water Day. The theme for this year is ‘valuing water’. This indicates the higher level of thinking that is percolating agencies like the UN.

Rural women believe in the power of ‘water continuity’ or having sustained and intergenerational access to water resources (Image: Romit Sen)
Water governance standard and certification system – An answer to the water problems of agrarian India
The recent 'Water governance standard and certification system' developed by WOTR can greatly help villages to develop good governance practices and manage their water needs equitably and sustainably. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 3 weeks 4 days ago

Water, belongs to everyone, managed by no one

While watching a film on WOTR’s Water Stewardship efforts, “Paani Kaarbhari – Water  Stewards”, that won the Ministry of Jal Shakti's ‘Water Heroes: Share Your Stories’ contest1, we came across the wise words of a village woman who says “Water does not belong to one person, it belongs to everyone”.

Long queues waiting for tankers are common in different parts of Maharashtra during water scarcity (Image Source: WOTR)
Enhancing water security through responsible tourism
While tourism is on the threshold of expanding in India, water scarcity and quality issues could hinder progress. What could be the way out? Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 4 weeks 1 day ago

Manisha Shah, Arghyam, Bangalore highlights the issues related to water scarcity and quality in the tourist destinations in India and shares the work of the ForWater collaborative.

Water tankers cater to the needs of populations in tourist destinations in India (Image Source: India Water Portal)
Decentralized water resources management
Role of village communities and rural local governments Amita Bhaduri posted 4 weeks 1 day ago

Decentralization is the transfer of powers and responsibilities from the central government to the elected authorities at the subnational level.

A woman fetching water from the third tap in the house premises. (Image: Ajaya Kumar Behera)
Meandering waterways: the interconnectedness of people’s action on water availability
Water demand and availability cannot be viewed in isolation. It is rather an outcome of the whole set of actions that people undertake to improve their lives and enhance their livelihoods. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 1 month 1 week ago

“Everything is connected”. I watched a docuseries named “Connected: the hidden science of everything” where a journalist named Latif Nasser investigates how we and the universe are connected. After watching this docuseries, I thought about it and tried gathering pieces of evidence regarding this connectivity around me over the past one year.

Improving water availability in Mogras. Image used for representation only (Image Source: WOTR)
Water: Governance challenges and suggested tools
Supply-side solutions are creating havoc for the already disadvantaged and marginalised. Amita Bhaduri posted 1 month 3 weeks ago

Dahanu, an ecologically fragile area about 120 km from Mumbai, in Maharashtra’s Palghar district witnessed massive protests in 2019. Over 59 gram panchayats were opposing the land diversion to high-tech infrastructure projects.

Dahanu, a green zone enjoyed special protection since 1991 (Image: nathview.blogspot.com)
Cereals drain India dry
A study on virtual water flows in interstate trade of cereals in India shows that cereals are rapidly draining the states that have the most critical levels of groundwater. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 2 months 3 weeks ago

Agricultural stagnation and inefficient irrigation systems

Agriculture continues to be an important sector for the Indian economy and for food security with more than half of the workforce being employed in agricultural activities. Greater use of improved crop varieties, irrigation and fertilisers have contributed to major improvements in crop yields in India.

Cereals and millets at a bazaar in Nizampet, Hyderabad (Image Source: Aditya Madhav, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons)