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April 6, 2021 Significantly reduced the daily drudgery of women in rural areas
The water requirement for the scheme is being fulfilled through borings, submersible pumps, and distribution pipelines implemented by the Department of Panchayati Raj, Government of Bihar. (Image: Sehgal Foundation)
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 3, 2021 Need to remove arsenic from the food chain and not just drinking water in endemic areas
Median excess lifetime cancer risk of 2 per 10,000 from food arsenic exposure in Bihar. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)
February 16, 2021 Diatoms, that abound in freshwater ecosystems not only generate 25 percent of oxygen we breathe, but also help save freshwater bodies by detecting pollution!
Diatom (Nitzschia sp. - a pollution indicator) along with other algae from a stream (Image Source: Karthick Balasubramanian)
February 1, 2021 Urban wetlands are increasingly under threat in cities such as Bengaluru! Community participation and better planning, management and monitoring of urban spaces is the need of the hour!
Ulsoor lake, Bengaluru (Image Source: Subhashish Panigrahi via Wikimedia Commons)
January 25, 2021 Jeevitnadi continues with its mission to breathe life into Pune’s rivers and has been awarded the prestigious Bhagirath Prayas Samman 2020 this year!
Mutha, the lifeline of Pune city (Image Source: India Water Portal)
Reducing air pollution due to stubble burning in Northwest India
Philanthropy can play a role in mitigating air pollution and environmental degradation caused by agricultural practices in Punjab and Haryana. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 1 day ago

There is a predictability to the narrative around North India’s air pollution. Air that is unhealthy all year-round becomes unbreathable during winter, largely due to particulate matter in emissions from farm fires in Punjab, Haryana, and Western Uttar Pradesh.

A large amount of crop residues are available in western UP and most of these are burnt in the field (Image: Ed Dunens, Flickr Commons)
Gomti’s tributaries are in a dismal state: Report
News this week Swati Bansal posted 1 day 22 hours ago

Gomti’s tributaries are in a dismal state, thanks to groundwater exploitation

Gomti river in Lucknow (Source: IWP Flickr photos)
Sewage odour in borewell water
(not verified) posted 4 days 5 hours ago

I am experiencing the smell of sewage in my 5 years old borewell after the heavy rainfall in January. Till January 2021, the water was very clear and tasty. Two times we have flushed the bore using compressor, but within three days it smells again. We put a bore 6ft away from the old bore and on the first day the water was clear and with no odour, but on third day sewage odour comes.

Drinking water access to all in Bihar: Reach, benefits and challenges
Significantly reduced the daily drudgery of women in rural areas Amita Bhaduri posted 1 week 4 days ago

The problem of drinking water in India is becoming more acute by the day, as one can see people queuing up at wells, water tankers, and common water points during summers in mos

The water requirement for the scheme is being fulfilled through borings, submersible pumps, and distribution pipelines implemented by the Department of Panchayati Raj, Government of Bihar. (Image: Sehgal Foundation)
Query on low TDS (10-40ppm)
(not verified) posted 3 weeks 4 days ago

Respected sir,

Are there any known ill-health effects in consuming very low TDS (10 - 40PPM) water for a long period? Any related documentation. 

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 2 days 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)
India’s pandemic generation: Inching closer to ecological disasters
Battered by the impact of COVID-19 Amita Bhaduri posted 4 weeks 2 days ago

India is all set to usher in a ‘pandemic generation’, with 375 million children (from newborns to 14-year-olds) likely to suffer long-lasting impacts, as per the State of Environment Report, 2021.

Environmental crisis leading to more vulnerabilities among the marginalised communities. (Image: Pixabay)
Half of government schools and anganwadis devoid of tap water supply: Report
News this week Swati Bansal posted 4 weeks 2 days ago

Tap water supply to government schools and anganwadis in a grim state: Panel report

A Mini-Water Supply (MWS) serves the local school (Source: IWP Flickr album)
Revival of Ganga wetlands gets government's attention
Policy matters this week Swati Bansal posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

Jal Shakti Ministry draws focus towards revival of Ganga wetlands

Receding Ganga river at Sangam (Image source: IWP Flickr photos)
Study detects high levels of arsenic in cooked rice in Bihar
Need to remove arsenic from the food chain and not just drinking water in endemic areas Amita Bhaduri posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

Extensive evidence of elevated arsenic in the food chain, mainly rice, wheat and vegetables exists.

Median excess lifetime cancer risk of 2 per 10,000 from food arsenic exposure in Bihar. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)