Contamination, Pollution and Quality

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May 8, 2022 The mighty Ganga is gradually becoming a death trap, not only for people, but also for the wonderous animals that live in its waters and depend on her for their survival. How has this happened?
The poisoned Ganges (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)
April 17, 2022 Citizen science can be greatly useful in breaking down the barriers between local and expert knowledge and help in better management and protection of freshwater ecosystems.
Pashan lake in Pune (Image Source: India Water Portal)
January 24, 2022 Restoration efforts focusing on desilting and re-contouring of Pashan lake have added to the deterioration of the lake habitat, threatening survival of organisms such as water fleas, warn freshwater biologists Mihir Kulkarni and Sameer Padhye.
Pashan lake, threatened by urbanisation, doomed by restoration (Image Source: India Water Portal)
December 3, 2021 Study suggests a comprehensive clean-up process to deal with pollution from Nagpur’s thermal power plants
Fly ash discharges into local rivers and streams, says study (Image: R Mohankar, Wikimedia Commons)
November 12, 2021 Mass fish deaths can pose a challenge to the environment, biodiversity and fisherfolk who depend on them for their livelihoods. Why do they happen?
Algal blooms in a pond in Tamil Nadu (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)
November 5, 2021 Chilly winters due to La Nina may lead to more air pollution
A farmer burning crop residue in his farm to prepare the farm for monsoon crop (Image: Abhiriksh, Wikimedia Commons)
Stained and smiling
Working with fluoride affected communities in Mewat, Haryana Posted on 12 May, 2022 12:03 PM

In the scorching heat, villagers stood with glasses of water in their hands and smiles on their faces in an eagerness to offer all that they had with utmost kindness to bring comfort to people on a hot summer day, oblivious to the quality of water they were offering.

Stains, irregularities, and pits are common manifestations of dental fluorosis. (Image: Sehgal Foundation)
Toxic waters, struggling fish
The mighty Ganga is gradually becoming a death trap, not only for people, but also for the wonderous animals that live in its waters and depend on her for their survival. How has this happened? Posted on 08 May, 2022 09:04 PM

The Ganga, India's poisoned lifeline

The poisoned Ganges (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Microplastics contaminating our soil
The plastic used for mulching is leading to soil contamination Posted on 07 May, 2022 10:33 AM

The excessive use of plastic across multiple sectors is emerging as a major cause of environmental concern due to its non-degradable property and remains being found in various ecosystems.

Under a study by Toxics Link soil samples in agricultural belts in Karnataka and Maharashtra were tested and tiny plastic particles were found at various depths (Image: Toxics Link)
Taking people along, to conserve freshwater ecosystems
Citizen science can be greatly useful in breaking down the barriers between local and expert knowledge and help in better management and protection of freshwater ecosystems. Posted on 17 Apr, 2022 02:23 PM

Freshwater, a rare resource

Pashan lake in Pune (Image Source: India Water Portal)
Village fair inspires positive change
Behaviour change towards safe drinking water, handwashing and sanitation practices Posted on 15 Apr, 2022 09:43 AM

S M Sehgal Foundation is implementing a project “WASH for Healthy Home” engaging ten women’s groups in partnership with CAWST and supported by Fig Tree Foundation in Jafrabad Panchayat, district Vaishali, Bihar.

The village fair (Image Source: Sehgal Foundation)
Drinking water quality course by Sehgal Foundation
Drinking water quality testing course organised by Sehgal Foundation Posted on 15 Apr, 2022 09:31 AM

Getting Started with Drinking Water Quality Testing (DWQT) course was organised by Sehgal Foundation, India in partnership with CAWST, Canada. A free six-week self-directed online course introduces the fundamental concepts of Drinking Water Quality Testing (DWQT) using portable water quality field test kits.

Safe drinking water, for health (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Informing children about environmental pollution
Children are important stakeholders in bringing about change, say experts Posted on 13 Apr, 2022 04:56 PM

Children are important stakeholders in the path to sustainable development, in addition to being the most effective agents of climate change-related actions, emphasized experts at the launch of Pollution Solutions: For a Cleaner, Greener Earth, a book for children

Time is running out on climate action (Image: Maxpixel)
MatiKalp: A low-cost solution for safe drinking water
Low cost water filter, to improve access to safe drinking water can greatly help in improving health among vulnerable populations. Posted on 07 Apr, 2022 11:21 AM

Poor consequences of unsafe drinking water and not following WASH behaviours are well documented. According to the World Health Organisation 1.7 billion cases of childhood diarrhoea occur globally every year.

Meenadevi driking water from the low cost filter (Image Source: Sehgal Foundation)
Sensitisation and awareness - for WASH behavior change
Simple, low cost and locally made systems for washing hands can go a long way in motivating people to adopt regular WASH practices. Posted on 05 Apr, 2022 08:43 PM

Adequate water, sanitation, and hygiene are essential components for providing basic health services, and access to safe drinking water, toilets and hand hygiene are the most critical components of WASH services. Correct, consistent, and continuous practices of WASH serve to prevent infections and spread of diseases.

WASH for health

Communicating, for WASH behaviour change (Image Source:  	Biswarup Ganguly via Wikimedia Commons)
Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage (HWTS) network
Sehgal Foundation, India, National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD), India and Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWT), Canada have joined hands to start the HWTS network to scale up efforts to improve access to safe drinking water in India. Please join the network if you are passionate about improving the drinking water situation in the country!
Posted on 31 Mar, 2022 03:53 PM

Vision of the network

All Indians must consume affordable safe drinking water.

Goal of the network

To increase safe water coverage in India, specifically in rural, remote and peri-urban areas, with a focus on the poorest of poor through implementation of household water treatment.

Objective of the network

Safe drinking water, an urgent need (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)
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